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Why Benefits Are More Important Than Salary

By: Veer Gidwaney

Looking for a job means compromising. You probably will not find the perfect position in the perfect location with the perfect salary (unless you’re offered a job at Google). But you should not compromise benefits.

Although most of us look at a starting salary and get big green dollar signs in our eyes, benefits boil down to more than just being able to afford a doctor. Believe it or not, benefits are actually a better predictor for enjoying your job than salary alone.

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Your Guide to Escaping a Bad Career

By: Josh Weiss-Roessler

All too often, people enter into a career with high expectations and find themselves burnt out after only a few years. Many of these same people will decide to just “stick it out” with these unfulfilling jobs, their dread of work growing with each passing day.

 

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Ethical Conflicts Increase Work Stress and Burnout

By: Dr. Morley D. Glicken

Organizations function when decisions are made with consideration of their ethical and moral impact. Organizations are in crisis, as many currently are, unethical decision-making often takes place.

You may find yourself right in the middle of an organization’s unethical decision-making, with the results include increased stress, job dissatisfaction, and concerns about your own job security.

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Why You Should Forget Working Hard or Smart

By: Stephan Wiedner

If given the choice, would you choose to work hard or to work smart? Provided you’re not a masochist, you would probably choose to work smart.

In our culture, that’s a common bit of advice, and most people see the wisdom. But, what if “hard” and “smart” aren’t the only ways to work? What if working these ways isn’t the most likely path to success?

Rather than working hard or smart, we need to turn our attention to working “happy.”

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Sleep More, Increase Your Workday Productivity

By: Kyle Kensing

A BBC study examining the impact of sleep schedules on volunteers emphasized what many of us already know—more sleep is good for our bodies and brains.

Nevertheless, it never hurts to have another reminder that the magic number of eight hours isn’t just ideal. In several crucial ways, ample sleep is necessary to make us more productive in our work day.

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Asking For (And Getting) A Salary Increase In Down Economic Times

By: Dr. Morley D. Glicken

Should you ask for a raise during bad economic times? The answer is yes, but only if you deserve a raise and you've developed a carefully thought-through strategy. Even in bad times, asking for more money likely can tell you where you stand within your company and what the future might hold.

Abby is a CPA in Kansas City working for an auto parts company. Her work is demanding, and while she enjoys her job and her co-workers, her salary is about $12,000 less a year than what the men in her company make who have the same amount of experience and tenure and do similar work.

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