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  • What's Happening to Casual Friday?
    Ah, the much beloved workplace tradition of casual Friday. Who doesn't love the opportunity to take a break from the painful shoes and the stuffy suits -- or even the boring business casual? Getting a day off from driving up that dry cleaning bill, and having the option to wear jeans and sneakers, is pretty great stuff as far as most people are concerned. But, are casual Fridays changing right before our eyes?
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Old School Skills, Salary Negotiation Don'ts, and Lies Happy People Don't Buy
    How can you tell a happy person from, well, everyone else? Often, it's that they spend less time tracking what other people think, and more time paying attention to their own goals. This week's roundup includes the false assumptions happy people don't make, plus a post on why we should thank our high school teachers for those classes we hated, and tips on what to avoid when negotiating salary.
  • BLS Jobs Report: 126,000 Jobs Added, Unemployment Unchanged at 5.5 Percent
    This morning's report from the Department of Labor was a relatively grim one, reflecting 121,000 fewer jobs added than predicted by economists, and the lowest job creation numbers since December 2013. Employment rose by 126,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate remained at 5.5 percent.
  • Snapchat Transforms New Grads Into Paper Millionaires
    Most recent college graduates would be thrilled just to get a job fresh out of school. If it pays the bills and makes a dent in those student loans, so much the better. But for some graduates of select engineering schools like Stanford, going to work at Snapchat will do more than just make ends meet.
  • Horrible Company Policy Alert: Some Employers Require Doctor's Notes for Sick Days
    Have you ever thought to yourself, "This is a pretty good job, but it could be better, if only my employer would treat me more like a child"? If not, you'll probably be less than impressed to hear that at some companies, only a doctor-excused absence will do, when it comes to using that sick time. (Whether or not you have any sick time to start out with, of course, is another thing entirely.)
  • Odd Jobs: 5 Obscure Careers You May Want to Consider
    "So, what do you do for a living?" Nine times out of ten, this question is asked out of habit or courtesy. Very seldom do people expect an unusual answer. However, imagine what a nice change of pace it would be to hear someone respond with, "I dive for pearls in remote locations around the world" or "I design Barbie clothes." Here are five obscure careers that will definitely leave people wanting to know more.
  • How to Handle Your Intra-Office Crush
    That new person in the office is cute, has a great sense of humor and is just all-around somebody you'd like to get to know better. And that may be the key about crushes -- we can develop crushes on people we don't know very well, and true romantic relationships require a deep understanding of each other. Intra-office crushes are normal but can have negative impacts upon productivity and office life. Here's how to handle the situation.
  • 7 Career Lessons From the Fast and Furious Movies
    The seventh installation in The Fast and The Furious film franchise, Furious 7, debuts on April 3. While fans may say they love the action-packed series for the cars, the daredevil driving or the eye candy, PayScale is here to remind you that you can learn some important career lessons the adventures of Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Ludacris, and the rest of the "Fast Family."
  • The US Supreme Court Rules for Pregnant Women
    It's been a long time coming, but the verdict for Young vs. United Parcel Service, Inc. is finally in. And, while the Supreme Court justices rejected both sides' arguments, the result is still potentially great news for women workers and a move in the right direction to beat pregnancy discrimination. The court offered an alternate interpretation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and tossed the case back to the lower courts.
  • Please Don't Play Any of These Horrible April Fools' Pranks at Work
    Depending on your perspective, April Fools' Day is either the highlight of the year -- or a great day to work from home. Even if you're totally anti the entire concept of April Fools', you have to admit that some pranks function as a kind of team-building exercise: something funny happens, everyone has a laugh and blows off steam, and hopefully, co-workers feel closer. Unfortunately, when pranks go wrong, they go really wrong, leaving a trail of hurt feelings and dented career prospects in their wake.
  • ADP Jobs Report: Private Sector Added 189,000 Jobs in March
    Private companies added 189,000 jobs last month, according to this morning's ADP National Employment Report, fewer than the 225,000 predicted by economists and the lowest gains in over a year.
  • 6 Tips for Looking Like Management Material
    Hollywood would like us to believe that everyone goes to school, works hard, and quickly winds up in their dream job. From pauper to Wall Street, shy guy to leading man, or mailroom clerk to CEO, it's all about that fairytale ending. Now brush the popcorn from your lap and let your eyes readjust to the light, because the movie's over and we're heading back to reality.
  • Spot These 5 Signs of a Bad Employer, During the Interview
    First things first: there's no way to tell, with absolute certainty, what it will be like to work for a company before you sign on the dotted line. That said, you can do your due diligence ahead of time to figure out whether the corporate culture is a good fit for you and up your chances of making the right choice. Research the company on the internet and pay attention to its interactions with employees and customers on social media -- but most of all, watch for these important signs when you meet with the hiring manager during your interview.
  • Depressed and Need Help? Here's Where to Find It
    It's an especially tough time to be having a tough time at work. Thanks to the proliferation of social media and the 24-hour news cycle, anyone with access to a screen sees dozens of references to the latest tragedy every day. Occasionally, those sad stories include a perpetrator who allegedly suffered from mental illness. Leaving aside for a moment the issue of whether or not it's fair for pundits to appoint themselves mental health professionals and diagnose a cause and effect, it's hard to see -- especially if you're feeling less than well yourself.
  • 5 Bizarre Ways to Have a More Productive Workday
    Sometimes, the conventional ways of trying to boost your brainpower just don't cut it, and you need some clever, one-off tricks to smack yourself back in the groove and on your way to productivity heaven. Here are five bizarre, yet effective ways to help you have a more productive, less monotonous workday.
  • Hey, Managers: Stop Emailing Your Employees at Night
    Mobile technology was supposed to set us free from the tyranny of the 9-to-5, allowing workers to escape the office and plug in wherever they happened to be, and work when inspiration struck. Instead, studies show, improvements in technology have blurred the boundaries between work-time and personal-time, and changed managers' expectations of the managed. In short, many bosses and employers now expect workers to check their email at night, on the weekends, even on vacation. The result? Workers are getting mad, and getting less done.
  • After 'Religious Freedom' Becomes Law in Indiana, Businesses Vote With Their Dollars
    On Thursday, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, effectively allowing businesses to refuse to serve gay customers. In the days since, some companies have responded by restricting or terminating their investments in Indiana.
  • Why You Should Socialize With Your Colleagues
    Sometimes, workplace social events feel like a chore. Management may not want to "waste" time sponsoring fun during the workday, and not all employees are thrilled about spending their free time on the weekend at the company picnic. However, that social time among staff can boost productivity and increase morale and quality of life at work. Here is why you should encourage social events at your workplace.
  • 3 Important Career Lessons from NBA Legend Steve Nash
    One of the NBA's most acclaimed and tenured players announced his retirement this past week. Nash had a respected and decorated career in the NBA, but it didn’t come without its fair share of adversity. We'll take a look at a few ways Nash's hard-earned success can be applied off the court and inspire professionals to be MVPs in their careers.
  • Even at the Top of the Corporate Ladder, Women Are Paid Less Than Men
    If a female executive retreats to her car to scream because her promotion was (again) awarded to her male colleague, does anyone hear her scream … or even care? Probably not. Unfortunately, this happens countless times a day as working women continue to get passed over, neglected, and discriminated against in their careers. What's worse is that this epidemic isn't isolated to lower-ranking women, it's consistent all the way up the corporate ladder where female executives continue to chip away at the glass ceiling.