• 5 Tips for Overthinking Less and Enjoying Life More
    As busy adults living in our modern culture of overwork, we shoulder a lot of responsibilities, and we feel under a tremendous amount of pressure to attend to all of them properly on a day-in, day-out basis. But, those of us who are prone to overthinking also have to deal with an additional stressor – ourselves.
  • #MondayMotivation: The 3 Strangest Ways to Trick Yourself Into Being Productive
    Leap Day, Schmeap Day – if you get an extra 24 hours, but it's a Monday, it barely counts. If you're having trouble using this "extra day" for anything other than complaining about how much you have to do and how little you want to do it, good news: there are plenty of oddball methods of forcing yourself to get stuff done. We're not talking to-do lists and work sprints, here. These motivation tricks are different enough to throw you off-balance and into productivity.
  • Hollywood Is 'Sorority-Racist': Chris Rock Explains Unconscious Bias on Oscars Night

    Last night, during his opening monologue for the 88th Academy Awards, host Chris Rock gave perhaps the best explanation to date of unconscious bias and how it affects the careers of black actors. Hollywood, he said, isn't "burning-cross racist" or "fetch-me-some-lemonade racist." It's "sorority-racist."

    "Is Hollywood racist?" he asked. "You're damn right. Hollywood is racist, but it ain't that racist that you've grown accustomed to. Hollywood is sorority-racist. It's like, 'We like you, Rhonda, but you're not a Kappa.'"

  • Find Your Dream Career Through the Magic of Self-Reflection
    Everyone has good days and bad days at work. When those bad days start to string together, turning into a bad month or two, we tend to become concerned and rightfully so. We spend a tremendous amount of time at work, so it's reasonable to hope that our careers bring some amount of fulfillment, stimulation, and success. So, if you're feeling a little down about your current professional path, or if you're at a point in your life where you're trying to discover which career is right for you, consider the power of self-reflection. It just might be the key to moving you toward a more rewarding career.
  • The Corporate Chasm: Does Your Employer Think Like You?
    It's pretty neat working at a company like PayScale that has smart, dedicated, and passionate people working both to empower employees with knowledge and to support organizations to be better at engaging their workforce. It means that, fairly often, I see both sides of the formula, if not actually an equation. I see a whole bunch of data from employees regarding how they feel about pay, and at the same time I see data from employers about their comp plans. In The 2016 Compensation Best Practices Report, Escape to Comptopia, there is an entire section dedicated to comparing notes from both sides of the divide.
  • Need to Play Hooky From Work? Learn From the Master
    You may have looked up to Ferris Bueller at one point in your life: a handsome rogue who knows how to bend the rules, get out of school, and put on a decent lip-syncing show. But he's a fictional character. We need a real inspiration, someone like Joaquín García , the man who reportedly didn't go to work for six years while still collecting paychecks. And while the reason he claims he didn't go is because he "couldn't find anything to do," your reason to play hooky might be a lot more serious.
  • These Pokémon Characters Would Earn a Solid Salary IRL
    Trainers, put down your Pokédex, because this is important. This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, a game treasured by Millennials all over the world. Whether you're brand-new to the game, a first-generation player, or just someone who used to collect Pokémon cards, you can appreciate the importance of all the unique characters in the Pokémon story. But just like in real life, these characters have to earn a living if they’re going to make it in Pallet Town – or anywhere else in the Pokémon universe. So join me as I break down how much money our friends would be making in the real-world economy.
  • How Highly Do You Value a Good Paycheck vs. Mental Well-Being?
    This week on Reddit, Phoenixfighter09 talks to the /f/personalfinance community about his current job situation. Unhappy, stressed out, and exhausted from toxic co-workers, he's debating quitting his job of six months and taking a massive pay cut in hopes of pursuing his real passion while also salvaging his mental health and personal relationships. Should he stick it out or should he quit? Let's unpack the details in this all-too-common scenario.
  • Early Jobs of Presidential Candidates: Exotic Bird Cage Assembler, Babysitter, and More
    Barack Obama once scooped ice cream at Baskin-Robbins. Gerald Ford was a "darned good" park ranger, in the words of his former supervisor. Ronald Reagan was an actor, and before that, a lifeguard who saved 77 lives over the course of seven summers. Early jobs teach us a lot, from work ethic and perseverance to budgeting and the value of education. Take a look at PayScale's Presidential First Jobs Report, and you'll see how the current crop of presidential candidates' early jobs prepared them for a run at the White House.
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: How to Update Your LinkedIn Profile (Without Tipping Off the Boss)
    Keeping a job search secret is more complicated these days than not getting busted looking at a job search site on the company time. Part of the problem is that personal brand is so important for job seekers; to show hiring managers and recruiters what you have to offer, you have to keep on top of your social media presence. Of course, nothing tells an employer that you're looking like a freshly updated LinkedIn. So how can you keep your profiles fresh, without making things awkward with your current boss? This week's roundup looks at ways to manage that, plus how to handle rejection during a job search and how to deal with arguably the worst thing about working as a team.
  • Is Work-Life Balance Possible for Educators?
    Whether we're talking about elementary school teachers or professors at the university level, many educators are struggling to find work-life balance. There are some specific ways in which these jobs lend themselves to a kind of all-in approach that leaves one's personal life in the dust. Let's take a look at a few of the reasons why so many educators aren't finding their way to better work-life balance and think about potential solutions.
  • Here's Why Your Employer Should Be Promoting More Women
    A new study released by the Peterson Institute for International Economics and EY, the audit firm formerly known as Ernst & Young, shined an interesting light on the diversity problem in modern companies. First, they found a lack of women in the top seats at companies. Second, they found where that where women had been hired or promoted to top management roles, profits rose.
  • 'Presenteeism' Is Not Your Fault: Why Workers Come to Work Sick
    "If you're sick, stay home." You've heard that from experts ranging from the CDC, to WebMD, to your own mother. If you're lucky, you might even hear it from your boss. Still, many come to work sick, including over half of food service workers. The phenomenon is called "presenteeism," and researchers estimate that it costs employers $150 billion a year – more than either absenteeism or disability. So why do people go to work when they're sick? The reason why is pretty obvious: American workers feel they can't take time off, and a lot of the time, they're right.
  • Does Your Boss Pass the Teacher Test?
    A boss can make or break a job. An excellent leader inspires the entire team toward a shared vision, listens, and builds trust. A not-so-great boss, on the other hand, is the number one reason people quit their jobs.
  • 6 Tips for Making Your Co-Workers Like You More
    It's really nice to have friends at work. We spend so much time at the office, it's helpful to have some folks to pal around with while we're there. Plus, we often have a lot in common with the people at work; even if the similarities only boil down to sharing the experience of the job itself. It can be helpful to talk to co-workers about what's going on around the office or even in the industry. Often the people in our personal lives don't really understand, or they're not as interested as co-workers might be.
  • IT, Healthcare the Top Fields for Telecommuting Jobs, According to FlexJobs
    If you want to work from home, you might have an easier time finding a telecommuting gig if you're in healthcare or computer/IT. Those two industries dominated FlexJobs' list, The Top 100 Companies With Work-From-Home Jobs, which ranks the companies that offered the most work-from-home opportunities on the site in the past year. Forty percent of the companies included were in one of those two fields.
  • 4 Ways You Might Get Tricked at Your Next Job Interview
    Feeling nervous before a big job interview? You're not alone. According to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive, 92 percent of survey respondents were anxious about some aspect of a job interview. Among the top reasons: being too nervous, and not being able to answer a specific question. We all know tricky interview questions are coming our way — but what if there's more to it than that? Not to fan the flames of your anxiety, but it's not out of the realm of possibility that your interviewer will be testing you with more than just the standard curveball questions.
  • Having a Bad Day? Here Are 3 Ways to Help You Cope
    It only takes one bad day to derail you for the entire workweek, and unfortunately, they seem to crop up at the most inopportune times, like when you have a million project deadlines and other stressful things going on. If you happen to be having "one of those days," then here are some ways you can change things around and make today a positive and productive one.
  • The Yelp Open Letter Makes Me Glad Social Media Arrived After I No Longer Knew Everything
    In 2000, I worked for a startup. The name doesn't matter – like most startups, it didn't make it. The important thing, for the purposes of our story, is that I was a recent grad, awe-inspiringly entitled, fairly poor, and perhaps not very good at my job yet. The only thing I had going for me was that there was no social media, so there was no way for me to ruin my reputation with more than, say, three people. In this, I was much more fortunate than Talia Jane, the recently terminated Yelp/Eat24 employee. Jane's open letter to her CEO, which she published on Medium a few days ago, ignited the kind of internet firestorm that's generally reserved these days for arguing about Bernie Bros or Donald Trump. The question, of course, is what to make of her letter and its aftermath. Is she an entitled whippersnapper who doesn't know how to sacrifice, or a voice of her generation pointing out systemic unfairness ... and getting punished for it?
  • Ask a Recruiter: The Top 6 Salary Negotiation Mistakes

    Getting a job offer is exciting, but the subsequent salary negotiation that takes place before you sign on can be nerve-wracking. Wouldn't it be nice to find out what's going through the recruiter's head during this process? Well, welcome to PayScale's newest blog series, "Ask a Recruiter." In this inaugural edition, Caitlin Williams, a member of PayScale's own Talent Acquisition team, shares the biggest mistakes she sees time after time in salary negotiations.

    Salary negotiation is a normal step in every job offer process. Not negotiating means leaving money on the table, but negotiating poorly can be just as dangerous. Not to give away the recruiter "secret sauce," but before you accept that new job offer, make sure to avoid these top salary negotiation mistakes. Trust me, I've seen them all!

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