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  • PayScale's Weekly VIP Blog Roundup: Better Networks, Freedom From Email Slavery, and Early Retirement
    Which stories shaped your career this week? The big headline is obviously the jobs reports. The ADP report, which is based on payroll data from private employers, showed gains of 208,000 jobs for November. The news from the Bureau of Labor Statistics was even better: non-farm payrolls added 321,000 jobs last month. For workers, this is good news -- but it's not the whole conversation. To see what else is working Americans' minds this week, we turn to some of the most popular career bloggers on the internet.
  • 3 Ways to Beat the Holiday Slump
    If you find it more difficult to get stuff done at work during the holiday season, you're not alone: according to one Accountemps survey, 34 percent of senior managers say their employees are less productive around the holidays. Blame the weather, or the fewer number of workdays, or the temptation to shop instead of work, but one thing is clear: if you want to close out the year on a high note, you're going to have to work smart as well as hard.
  • You Sit Too Much; Here's What to Do About It [infographic]
    American workers spend 21 hours a day being sedentary, and only three hours being active, according to research from Ergotron and research firm Research Now. In fact, 86 percent of respondents said that they sit "all day, every day," despite the fact that 70 percent said they hate sitting. Worst of all, more than half of those surveyed said that when they do get up, they use "getting food" as an excuse. Given that most companies aren't going to shell out for treadmill desks for everyone, is there any way to minimize the amount of sitting we're doing?
  • 4 Tiny Changes That Will Help You Work Smarter, Not Harder
    Many of us live to work, rather than work to live. According to the Department of Labor, the average American between the ages of 25-54 with children spends a whopping 8.7 hours on "working and related activities" each day, but only one hour on "eating and drinking" and two-and-half on "leisure and sports." While you're unlikely to convince the boss to let you cut your day short in favor of spending more time watching TV, you might be able to make a few small changes that boost productivity and get you out the door as soon as possible. Plus, if you take care of yourself, your time at work will be more pleasant.
  • How to Be Productive When You'd Rather Be Hibernating
    Having trouble getting out of your own way at work since the days got shorter and colder? The bad news is that spring is a long way off. The good news is that at least you're not alone. Lots of people find it harder to be productive and happy, both at work and at home, during the winter.
  • Why (and How) You Should Use Email Templates at Work
    Whether you realize it or not, we spend a large portion of our day dealing with email. In fact, a 2012 survey by McKinsey found that desk workers spent an average of 28 percent of their work weeks buried in email. But how much of this time is spent sending the same thing over and over again? While it would be helpful to cut down on the number of emails you receive, you could also save yourself even more time by reducing the effort spent replying to each email.
  • Have a Conscientious Spouse, Get a Promotion
    Even if we have a clear and distinct separation between our personal lives and our professional ones, there is no doubt that how things are going at work can affect how we feel at home. Despite our best efforts, most of us find it difficult to not bring home the stresses, or successes, of the day. Likewise, the goings-on of our personal lives can impact our careers.
  • Facebook at Work: The LinkedIn Killer?
    It's hard to keep a secret in the online world. Ask any Facebook user who's ever forgotten to check those privacy settings before posting pictures of the holiday party. Or better yet, ask the social networking giant itself. Its latest project, Facebook at Work, in development for a year, was a secret before The Financial Times spilled the beans this weekend. Here's what we know so far.
  • 3 Ways to Wake Up on Time (Even if You're Not a Morning Person)
    It's important to start your work day on the right foot. It can be very hard to feel strong, positive, and energized in the morning when you already feel like you're running behind. Getting to work on time can be a real struggle for some. So, if you're not a morning person, or if you find yourself arriving a little late from time to time, it might be a good idea to look into some new strategies for getting yourself up and out of the door in the morning.
  • Have a Tidy Desk, Even If You're a Slob
    Depending on which experts you ask, a messy desk is either a sign of creativity or a serious impediment to getting stuff done. No matter which school of thought you belong to, there are times when it makes sense to organize -- even if it's just temporarily, in order to keep track of a particularly sticky project or impress a new boss. If you're Team Messy, but you need to be neat, here's how to do it.
  • 10 Signs You're Facing Job Burnout
    Did you drag yourself into the office today? Maybe it's just the normal Monday morning gear-shift -- or maybe it's a sign of a bigger problem. If it's getting harder and harder to go to work, and you're getting less done while you're there, it's time to consider whether you're dealing with job burnout, and not just normal day-to-day stress.
  • 3 Ways Make Meetings More Efficient
    At most companies, colleagues share their calendars with each other for transparency and visibility, and to let everyone know when they're available. From the CEO to the lowliest summer intern, most of these calendars have one thing in common: they're jam-packed with meetings. Of course, not every meeting is a good one. Here's how to improve yours.
  • 5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Lunch Break
    Some days, you’re too busy to eat lunch, and even when you do get a chance to eat, you don't always get a break to do it in. If you generally wind up eating at your desk, sandwich in one hand while you type emails with the other, it's time to change your ways. Reserve a little time for a real lunch, and you'll be healthier, happier, and more productive.
  • 7 Ways to Survive Working for a Micromanaging Boss
    Working for a micromanager is frustrating and stressful, and can make it hard to get anything done. The first step toward improving the situation is understanding why your manager acts the way he does. From there, you can learn how to adjust your own behaviors in order to take back your time and enjoy your work again.
  • What Makes Millennials Happy at Work?
    By 2020, millennials will make up an estimated 50 percent of the workforce, according to a study by PwC. While you may have heard that Gen Y is entitled and lazy, this demographic of employees is anything but. They are incredibly entrepreneurial and tech-savvy -- and eventually will change how we work.
  • Top 5 Secrets for Better Productivity
    When it comes to making the most of your time at work, it's not just about choosing the right productivity apps. Truly productive people know how to accomplish more within the constraints of time, space, and resources. With these tricks, you can be everywhere at once -- or at least make it seem like you are.
  • Surprise: It’s Really Not Great to Be a Perfectionist
    Everyone is different, but most perfectionists tend to have three things in common with their fellow sufferers. First, they don’t recognize that being a perfectionist isn’t a good thing. Second, perfectionists don’t think they’re perfectionists. Finally, perfectionists generally find it almost impossible to give themselves a break -- and that's where things get dicey, both for their careers and for their personal lives.
  • 3 Ways Eastern Mindfulness Practices Can Help You, the Non-Practicing American Worker
    The popularity of yoga, meditation, and other mindfulness practices has increased significantly in the United States in recent decades. Many businesses have even started to consider how these practices can improve workers’ productivity and help them manage stress. In fact, adopting some of these techniques could improve your job performance and work-life balance, even if you don't plan to become a dedicated yogi or meditator.
  • 5 Ways to End Your Workweek on a High Note
    What do you do at work on Friday afternoons? Mobile devices and online access to the tools we use to do our jobs have made it harder to hide out under our desks and wait for the factory whistle to blow. Still, after a long, hard week, it's easy to let burnout overwhelm you. Don't just coast through the last minutes and hours of your workweek. Use your time wisely, and you'll have a more pleasant weekend, and start next week off fresh and ready to work.
  • 5 Tips to Run a Less Awful Meeting
    Anyone who has ever had a job knows the irony of just how difficult it can be to actually get work done while at work. People stop by your desk/office with questions, problems, or fires you need to put out, the phone rings, emails require attention, and, often worst of all, you have to go to meetings -- at which, it seems, nothing ever happens. Still, most companies aren't going to go for a totally meeting-free culture. Here's what you can do to make meetings more productive.