PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: Employers Who Ask for Pay Stubs During Salary Negotiation

Job interviews can be demoralizing, even when things are going well. Why? Because you can only control half of the process, at most -- the part relating to your own behavior. Things can get especially dicey during the salary negotiation phase. You can’t make a prospective employer develop a compensation plan that makes sense or conduct a salary negotiation that's productive for both parties.

When You Work on Vacation, You’re Not on Vacation

Mobile technology has enabled us to work more flexibly than we did, say, 25 years ago, but at a price: while demanding bosses of yesteryear were stuck with the occasional phone call, today's anxious managers can require us to check in almost constantly, emailing and messaging and working on projects remotely – almost to the point where we're not on vacation at all.

The Secret to Being More Effective at Work? Sleep

It might seem obvious, but being overtired at work all day will strongly impact your productivity levels. By making sure you get enough sleep on a regular basis, you can keep on top of your responsibilities and not gain a reputation as the grouchy co-worker. Here are a few tips for getting the rest you need in order to excel during office hours.

PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: Help! My Co-Worker Stole All the Good Vacation Days

If you're interested in work-life balance issues, you've probably read your fair share of articles exhorting you to live in the moment and be here now and so on. There's just one problem: professional life demands that we live in the moment, and also live in next week, and also in six months from now. Take, for example, the problem of planning vacation time. To get it approved and not irritate your co-workers, you have to submit your request for summer fun while snow's still on the ground. Of course, even if you do that, there's no guarantee that you'll get what you asked for. For instance, your evil co-worker might get in ahead of you and scoop up all the good days. In this week's roundup, we look at advice for coping with that situation, plus job search tools you're probably overlooking, and how to grow your professional network without ignoring your personal life.

Planning a Summer Vacation? 5 Reasons to Try for 2 Weeks

March is about to go out like a lamb, and the blooming flowers and rising temperatures have a lot of people thinking about one thing – vacation. In fact, this is a great time of year to start planning your summer vacation away from the office. Before you submit that time-off request though, here's a thought: can you try for two weeks off?

How to Get Your Ideal Holiday Schedule (or Close to It)

There are few double-edged swords in American culture like the winter holiday season — which, it would seem, is on track to start in September within the next few years. It's a great time to see family, and an even better time to refine your "avoid political conversation" skills. The holidays are a great distraction from the weather, and a reason to hate snowstorms that keep you from getting to dinner on time. It's a great time to earn some extra cash, and the time of year that everyone wants off work. So how do you find the balance?

Real Work-Life Balance Starts With Your Boss

If you want to hear that you need to take a vacation, the U.S. Travel Association is probably the organization to ask. That said, yesterday's Upside of Downtime Forum, held in New York, organized by the USTA's Project: Time Off, and featuring speakers like Arianna Huffington and Randi Zuckerberg, offered reasons why your boss should be pushing for you to take a holiday, as well. Of course, the real question is: does your employer understand the value of time away from work – or are your official vacation days, if you're lucky enough to have them, merely a mirage?