Recommending Your Friend for a Job? Read This First

Working with your friend seems like a great idea. It's an even better idea if your friend has all the qualifications needed for the job at hand. But before you refer your bestie for the new opening on your team, carefully consider these tips and potentially negative consequences. Don't submit that resume to your hiring manager until you're sure that doing so is in everyone's best interests.

Twitter Offers 20 Weeks of Paid Parental Leave for Moms and Dads

Families were never as "traditional" as politicians or 20th century stereotypes would have us believe. Throughout human history, primary caregivers have come in all shapes, sizes, genders, and ages. Until recently, however, it was pretty hard for even high-earning executives at elite U.S. companies to get paid time off for a new baby – especially if they weren't female and/or hadn't given birth to the child. But all that is changing. Today, Twitter joins the ranks of tech companies like Facebook, Netflix, and Microsoft, in offering fully paid parental leave for any parent who wants time off to care for a new baby.

What to Do When Your Employer Makes a Counteroffer

Your current job is obviously not working out for you. You want something else and that's just not readily available where you are. Maybe you need more flexibility, a promotion, increased responsibilities … whatever your need, your current company is unable to provide it, and that's the reason you applied for a new job in the first place. But now that you have a job offer and have let your manager know your intention of leaving soon, things have started to change. Your manager wants to do everything in her power to get you to stay. She's had a discussion with HR and is making you a counteroffer. Should you accept it?

Should You Choose a Big Name Over a Big Salary?

You're waist-deep in your job search and there it is: the job of your dreams at an even dreamier company. But, when you look at the salary, it's lower than you should be paid. What do you do: go after the big-name job for the sake of your long-term prospects? Or seek out a job where you'll be able to make more money?

Best Perk Ever? Some Employers Now Offer Student Loan Repayment

If someone asks you how much you get paid, you probably answer with a dollar amount (or politely ask them to mind their own business). But the real value of your compensation comprises more than just the numbers that appear in your direct deposit at regular intervals. Perks like health insurance, 401(k) match, bonuses, and so on, save you money or make you money and contribute directly to your bottom line. Now, a few companies are introducing what might be the ultimate money-saving perk: cash to repay student loans ahead of schedule, thus potentially saving employees thousands in interest.

How to Set Goals for Your Team

If you're a manager, you may be spending quite a bit of time right now evaluating goals for your team in the coming year. How do you create goals in alignment with the organization's priorities, set your team up for success, and most of all, make sure that your goals will be met? It is often an intense process, but done right, it can have spectacular results.

5 Things Black Friday Workers Really Wish You Knew

As an ode to our friends out there working in the trenches on Black Friday, I searched through the Reddit archives to find some of the best advice from those who are working or have worked on Black Friday. Everything from advice on standing in line to insights about beating on retail doors, and why it's not socially acceptable, awaits you in this post.

5 Signs You’re in a Toxic Work Environment

Even if you absolutely love your job, there's always going to be something about it that you wish you could change. That's the ideal scenario; if you're lucky, you have an issue or two that you'd like to resolve, but nothing that impacts your job satisfaction as a whole. On the other hand, if your problems are beyond minor complaints – if you feel threatened, suffocated, or compromised on your principles, work ethic, or professional and personal well-being – you may be working in a toxic environment.

When Your Boss Just Won’t Listen

It is very frustrating when you talk to your boss and he or she won't listen. Your repeated attempts at getting your thoughts across fall on deaf years and you don't feel respected or valued. If this is a problem you face at work, then you might need to change your approach to communicating.

These Might Be the 5 Coolest Offices in the US (and Canada)

PayScale recently gave readers a look inside some of the coolest offices around the globe. After conducting extensive research and drooling over countless worthy contenders, we narrowed the list to a handful of creative and unusual spaces, including the live orange grove of Google Tel Aviv, the James Bond-esque Cold War bunker offices of Swedish Internet provider, Bahnhof, and the vintage carousel horses at Ogilvy & Mather's Guanghzou, China outpost. To follow up on our list of incredible office spaces abroad, we compiled the following stateside edition outlining the most unbelievable offices right here in the U. S. of A. (and one in Canada). Prepare for a major case of office envy — the only antidote to which is the solace you can take from knowing how hard it must be to get actual work done in offices this cool.