• 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Leaving Your Company
    Although it's something of a myth that Americans change jobs more than they used to, we do tend to move around quite a bit. In 2012, the average job tenure was just 4.6 years (keep in mind though that it was 3.7 years in 2002 and just 3.5 years in 1983). But, even though taking a new position and leaving an old one behind is a pretty common thing to do, it's not an action you should take too lightly, particularly if you're not just changing positions but actually leaving your organization. So, before you make your final decision and officially announce that you're moving on, ask yourself these questions.
  • Best Company Ever Gives PTO for Game of Thrones
    There are a lot of great company perks out there, like weekly happy hours and the option to bring your dog to work. But a U.K.-based company is now the center of company-perk envy and it has nothing to do with puppies. Here's why.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Do I Have to Disclose That I Was Fired?
    Even if you're the best employee in the history of paid work, you might get fired at some point in your career. Sometimes, it's no one's fault: you turned out to be a bad fit for the role and vice versa. Other times, you might have made a mistake, and paid a steep price for it. But the worst scenario is the one that's not your fault at all – but that still potentially haunts your job search afterward. In this week's round-up, we look at what one career expert advises job seekers who've been fired, plus how to repair a damaged professional relationship and how to give tough feedback.
  • Do You Remember What You Bought With Your First Paycheck?
    We can all remember our very first job. For me, it was 2004 and I was working as a cashier and stocker at a local drugstore chain in my small hometown in Oklahoma. I was paid a competitive $5.25 an hour, and it was enough for a high school freshman to be excited about. For my first two weeks of work, I had earned myself a whopping $120 paycheck. And with my riches, I went to the nearest Wal-Mart, where I purchased my own $90 television. The best part is that $90 piece of teenage pride and clunk is still in full use today at my mother's house. In a recent AskReddit, Redditors were asked what they had bought with their first paychecks. Some of the stories will make you laugh and some will pull at your heartstrings. Find out for yourself.
  • Working Moms Are Superheroes, and Working Dads Are the Robin to Their Batman
    Last week, one of our excellent writers, Leah Arnold-Smeets, penned a great piece on the struggles of being a working mom. As a working dad, it got me thinking.
  • How to Quit Your Job Without Making Everyone Hate You
    The average worker has 12 jobs in the course of a career, which means that you can count on leaving a position about 12 times between the start of your working life and retirement. Ideally, most of those job changes will be voluntary, involving a jump to a better gig, with interesting new challenges and a bigger paycheck. But even if everything goes according to your best-laid plans, there's one hurdle you'll have to cross again and again in order to get to where you want to be in your career: you're going to have to quit your job.
  • Millennials Make Work Culture Better for Everyone
    It's not hard to make a case that employers are scrambling for ways to appeal to Millennials. In fact, as a Wall Street Journal article from last week shows, even corporate titans like Goldman Sachs are having a hard time pinning down the cloud that is the Millennial workforce. Anecdotally, this author's most shared work is consistently that which mentions Millennials in the headline. All this might indicate that you, the Millennial worker, have some unspoken power of influence in your office. Let's take a look at how that can play out when an employer really starts to listen.
  • 4 Great Benefits of Having a Side Job
    In a perfect world, we would only take on side jobs because we really wanted to. Unfortunately, wage stagnation means that many workers take on side jobs (or even second full-time positions) in order to make ends meet. Working too many hours is never recommended, but side jobs can have their benefits (assuming you still have some downtime in your schedule). Let's take a look at some of pluses.
  • College ROI Report: Highest Student Loan Payments Made By Those Who Can Least Afford Them
    College may be more expensive than ever before, but the cost of not going to college is pretty steep, as well. For the most part, college graduates earn more, have lower unemployment rates, and are less likely to live in poverty than their less-educated peers. But that doesn't mean that it's easy to pay student loans with a recent graduate's salary (or potential lack thereof, depending on the job market upon graduation). In fact, PayScale's College ROI Report shows that the highest college loans are likely to be held by the borrowers with the lowest income.
  • How to Ensure Your Flexible Schedule Is a Blessing and Not a Curse
    Whether you're a working parent, a college student, or just someone who wants to avoid wasting hours in a standard 9-to-5 commute, being granted a flexible work schedule seems like a dream come true. However, what happens when your flex schedule results in more work and stress than you expected? Here's how flex schedules can go wrong, and how to get them back on track.
  • Here's Why CEO Pay Matters
    The Great Recession hit the U.S. economy pretty darn hard, and American workers are still recovering. We've learned, in recent years, that an improving economy doesn't necessarily mean better pay for workers. However, despite these challenging economic trends, top executives continue to earn huge sums of money, especially compared with how much their employees make and when measured against how much people in their position used to earn in decades past. Let's take a look at a few facts about CEO pay and also examine why it really does matter, quite a lot actually, to you and your employer.
  • 3 Signs That Your Career Is on the Path to Success
    Gone are the days when entering the corporate world and working hard throughout your career meant a sure shot at success and living the American Dream. Now, career success is much less linear and there's a lot more navigating and rerouting that happens along the way. In fact, it almost seems as though there is no "path" at all, and we're now forced to chart our own journey to success for ourselves. How do you know, then, if you're headed in the right direction?
  • Yes, the Gender Pay Gap Is Real, and No, It's Not Women's Fault
    Women don't ask, so they don't get. Or: women should wait their turn, and let karma sort it out. Or: women choose low-paying jobs, and/or work fewer hours, so they shouldn't expect to be paid as much as a man. There's just one problem with all of these explanations for why the gender pay gap isn't real, or at least, isn't really an issue that needs solving: they're all nonsense.
  • These Terrible #EqualPayDay Tweets Will Make You Cringe
    Even though research and data from multiple organizations have found that there is in fact a significant gender pay gap in America, not everyone believes in numbers. And with the power of the internet and the hashtag #EqualPayDay, we get to see how some people really feel about the gender pay gap and equal pay for women. Hold on to your unicorns, people, because the debate starts ... now.
  • The Gender Pay Gap Is Worse for Women of Color
    When we talk about pay inequity, especially on Equal Pay Day, we generally talk about the differences between men's earnings and women's earnings – meaning all men and all women, without regard to race. To really unpack the problem, however, we need to dig further into the data and look at how race and ethnicity impacts earnings. Bottom line: the gender pay gap is particularly bad for women of color.
  • Video: Equal Pay Day and Candy Bars

    On average, U.S. women make $.74 on the dollar compared to men.

    Some studies say more, and some less. But the fact that women earn less than men in general is not a myth; it's an inarguable fact.

    That said, it's a fact that's used out of context or misunderstood. A lot.

    While it's true that, typically, women make less than men for doing the same jobs, that discrepancy is not nearly as large as the $.74 to the dollar figure. This oft-cited figure comes from the fact that men and women tend to hold different jobs.

  • 6 Ways Women (and Men) Can Celebrate Equal Pay Day 2016
    Equal Pay Day has been on our calendars since its conception by the National Committee on Pay Equity in 1996, but very little has actually been done to close the wage gap between men and women in America. Recent research shows that in 2016, women only earn 74 cents for every dollar a man makes. Even if we look at men and women in the same jobs, women earn less: comparing only like job titles, experience, and education, women make 97 percent of what men earn. If this information rustles your jimmies like it does mine, I've got six things you can do right now to help close the gender pay gap this Equal Pay Day.
  • #EqualPayDay: 10 Quotes to Inspire You to Fight for Pay Equity

    Equal Pay Day is the date when women's pay symbolically "catches up" with men's earnings from the previous year. This year, April 12 is the big day: the average woman has now made as much money, from Jan 1, 2015 until today, as the average man did by New Year's Eve 2015.

    There are a lot of reasons why women earn less than men. PayScale's report, Inside the Gender Pay Gap, show that even in similar roles, controlling for education, experience, and hours worked, women make less money than men. Unconscious bias is a factor, as is "job choice"; women are more likely than men to work at low-paying jobs, and less likely than men to be in leadership roles.

  • 5 Employers Who Will Help Pay Your Student Loans
    The student loan debt crisis is having a real impact on individuals and the economy in general. As a result, some lawmakers want to encourage employers to help their workers pay down their student loan debt. One proposal, for example, would grant businesses and workers a tax break.
  • #MondayMotivation: 5 People Who Found Success After 40
    It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that career success strikes either early or not at all. The media loves stories about wunderkinds who make their mark (and their fortune) when they're barely old enough to rent a car. But your career doesn't stop when you turn 30, or 40, or 50. If you've been putting off following your dreams because you think it's too late to change careers, take inspiration from these famous folks – none of whom were a household name until middle age.

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