How to Be More Positive at Work

If you've ever had a negative co-worker, you know the impact a bad attitude can have on others. We are all susceptible to the moods and emotional undercurrents of the people that surround us. So, you probably notice a shift in your own feelings and outlook when you spend too much time around negative people. If this level of contact can have such a big impact, imagine then what getting through the day must be like for the person who's responsible for spreading those bad vibes.

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.

Will You Help Me? Why Some Co-Workers Are More Likely to Say Yes Than Others

Our interactions around the office, and our relationships with our colleagues, are certainly impacted by the corporate ladder and the rung on which we stand at any given point. Some employees might find themselves behaving a little differently with folks who are a few steps higher in the hierarchy when compared with how they act when they're around those who are a few notches below them. People even email differently when communicating with the top. To some extent, all of this is only natural. Of course interactions with higher-ups are a little different than with others. But, could status impact how willing people are to help each other around the office?

Improve Your Focus by Learning to Ignore Things

Has the following situation ever happened to you? You come home for the weekend with a ton of work that you need to get done before Monday. But, instead of waking up on Saturday morning and getting right to it, you decide you need to clean up a little first instead. By the time the weekend ends, not only is your work done, but your house is clean, your bills are paid, and your taxes are filed as well. In an effort to procrastinate, you actually ended up being highly productive. If this sounds at all familiar, then you know that attention doesn't always work exactly the way we'd like it to, and you'll be interested in some of these tips regarding focus and productivity. Here's what you need to know.

6 Tips for Thinking More Positively

Our mood, outlook, and attitude impact our lives so much more than is immediately obvious. Think about some of the more negative-minded people that you know. Don't you think their lives would be dramatically improved by a more positive mindset? The impact of negativity becomes obvious the longer we walk around in the world as adults. We begin to instinctively understand that complaining and being pessimistic about the future is super counterproductive.

PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: Is Your Phone Hurting Your Career?

Picture your last meeting: it probably involved a lot of people staring at their mobile devices, and not many people engaging with the speaker. Worse, our device addiction has spread outside the confines of the conference room. People now look at their phones while they're supposedly having conversations with clients and colleagues. All of this is rude, of course, but more importantly, it's an attention-killer. After a few years of checking your phone every couple of minutes, it's hard to even remember how to entertain yourself or focus on anything. In today's roundup, we look at a few rules to keep your smartphone and other devices from taking over your life; plus, why someone else got promoted instead of you, and 20 affirmations that will appeal even to people who hate affirmations.

Need Motivation? Future You Can Help!

Sometimes, it's tough to keep feeling good and working hard, especially during the winter months. There is something about the cold, dark, gray days that just make you want to stay in under a blanket with a good movie and a less-than-optimal snack. But, if you're looking for a quick and easy way to find more motivation for work, or other goals you're pursuing (maybe at home, or at the gym), this method could really help. Read on to learn more about how the concept of "future you" just might save the day.

Stop Getting in Your Own Way

Have you ever heard that you are your own worst enemy? It's true. Lots of time when we're not getting anywhere, career-wise, it turns out that we can only blame ourselves. But, before you throw those hands up in the air in frustration, learn about these ways in which you might be holding yourself back — and more importantly, find out how to let yourself succeed.

#MondayMotivation: 10 Tweets to Inspire Productivity (While You’re Wasting Time on Twitter)

It's Monday, and for those of us engaged in post-blizzard cleanup, work is about the furthest thing from our minds. Of course, the difference between a professional and amateur is that professionals show up even when they don't wanna. (Also: money. But showing up is definitely important.) If you're feeling spectacularly unmotivated today, the good citizens of Twitter have your back. These are some of the most inspiring tweets and useful advice at today's #MotivationMonday hashtag party.