Is Good Culture Worth a Bad Salary?

It's a debate about as old as the proliferation of "culture" in office life: is it worth taking a pay cut to work for a "cool" employer, or even just an employer that lets you be cool on your own time? This question is asked all over the internet, and is something Forbes' Liz Ryan addressed last week in one of her columns. Ryan writes, "You get to decide where to spend your time and energy." But where's the best place to do that – the company that pays more, or the company that seems fun and/or allows you to have a life outside of work?

Millennials Make Work Culture Better for Everyone

It's not hard to make a case that employers are scrambling for ways to appeal to Millennials. In fact, as a Wall Street Journal article from last week shows, even corporate titans like Goldman Sachs are having a hard time pinning down the cloud that is the Millennial workforce. Anecdotally, this author's most shared work is consistently that which mentions Millennials in the headline. All this might indicate that you, the Millennial worker, have some unspoken power of influence in your office. Let's take a look at how that can play out when an employer really starts to listen.

Everything You Know About Being Successful Is Wrong

"Research shows that the kind of happiness that does lead to long-lasting fulfillment is the kind of happiness that's derived from positive social relationships with other people," says Dr. Emma Seppala, the Science Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. "A life of meaning, a life of purpose, a life characterized by altruism, something greater than oneself."

A life, in other words, that can feel pretty difficult to create in today's corporate culture, which prizes achievement and productivity. But maybe there's another way to live and work. Seppala's new book, The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success, examines research on happiness, and makes the case that finding fulfillment builds success, not the other way around.

3 Ways Meditation Could Help You Enjoy Your Job More

We all have professional goals we're working toward. It's great to be ambitious, strive to be more productive, etc. But, it's also all right, advisable even, to want to enjoy your job more. Deep down, finding greater contentment or even joy from our work is something we all hope for. Sure, mindfulness practices like meditation can help you advance your career, but there are deeper benefits as well. Meditation could actually help you enjoy your job more, too. Here are a few things you should know.

Your Boss Wants You to Be Happy at Work (and That’s Bad News)

The sound you hear is your boss tossing his computer out the window after reading that headline. After all, isn't working for people who care about their employees' feelings a good thing? Before you accuse anyone of being an ingrate, rest assured: individual bosses who care are still a positive. However, as the recently published book The Happiness Industry suggests, the science of "happiness at work" has a dark side, and less to do with your emotional health than your ability to produce, produce, produce.

Brighten Up Your Office to Improve Your Mood

This is a tough time of year to be inside an office. The sun is shining, the flowers are in bloom, and you really want to be outside enjoying it. The days are longer, so hopefully that allows you some time to get outside after work, but that only goes so far to help you through the workday.

The 5 Most Recommended Jobs, According to PayScale Users

Here at PayScale, we love data. But, much more than that, we love sharing meaningful, valuable data with our readers. We're always trying to find information that helps folks make the best decisions about their careers and professional lives. As part of PayScale's recent data package, Best Jobs for You, we looked at the jobs most recommended by people who took PayScale's Salary Survey. If you're looking for a career change, this is the place to start.

5 Easy Ways to Be Happier at Work

In a perfect world, we'd be able to walk away from less-than-awesome jobs, preferably after making a well-scripted scene that somehow has no lasting repercussions for our professional futures. In real life, however, being able to ditch an unwanted job at a moment's notice is as rare as a meet-cute on public transit with the love of your life. It's the stuff of romantic comedies, in other words. If you want to improve your life immediately, your best bet isn't ditching your job; it's learning how to make your life better while you sneakily make long-term plans to secure new employment.

Why You Should Be Allowed to Choose Your Own Job Title

Browsing on Craigslist for a new job recently? You may have seen ads for jobs such as "Social Media Ninja" or "Keyboard Rockstar." At first glance, you may have no idea what these jobs actually do -- are they looking for someone skilled in karate, or perhaps even with a record label?

Can Having a Terrible Job Make You a Better Person?

We've all been there -- seemingly stuck in a job that is less than fun. In fact, a job can be terrible, causing us to second-guess our every move at the office. At the end of the day, in a job like this, it can be easy to confuse your own value and self-worth with your employment.