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Work & Life

Cost-of-Living Wizard

If you’re considering a move or being transferred to a new city, our Cost-of-Living Calculator is an invaluable tool. Compare living-cost indexes and salaries to learn how your disposable income would be impacted by a move. 

Millionaire Maker

Everyone sets out to make a million bucks. But our Millionaire Maker tool tells you exactly when/if you’ll reach that goal. Just plug in your current salary, expected annual salary increase and the amount you save every year and our tool tells you at what age you’ll reach the million dollar mark. Give it a try.

Benefits Calculator

Calculate what your employer spends on your total compensation package (base plus bonuses plus benefits) with this personalized tool. View industry averages and enter your benefits information for a custom report.
 




Work & Life Advice

  • Did my time off affect my raise?

    I took some time off this year, and I think it affected my performance review. I got only a 2 percent raise. Does this mean I am a problem employee? Read more...

  • Will my company take back my unvested options if I get laid off?

    I was awarded 25,000 options at my last job. Recently, the company laid off 100 employees, including me. I was not vested at this time and the company took away all of my shares. Is this standard practice? Read more...

  • Is a verbal recruitment agreement legally binding?

    Are verbal agreements legally binding? I was recruited by my current employer through a management recruiting firm for a lateral position. The recruitment came with a verbal agreement that I would move into my supervisor's position in two … Read more...

  • Why is My Base Pay So Much Lower Than the Former Sales Manager's?

    I was hired by a software company at an entry-level sales position. I have a four-year degree and sales experience. I was brought on board at a salary of $27,000 per year, plus a monthly bonus. After my first week on the job, I was moved … Read more...

  • Telephone Manners and Telephone Tips

    Good manners are good for business, while great manners can set you apart. If you're under stress or in a hurry, it's easy to let your guard down and fail to observe the basics. But if you take a deep breath before you call, good manners … Read more...

  • Telephone Manners - On the call

    After establishing contact with the party you're trying to reach, you should be ready to use the time as effectively as if you were in a face-to-face meeting. Read more...

  • Telephone Manners - Getting Through

    Although email and instant messaging are quickly becoming standard forms of office communication, the telephone still plays an important role in business. Just like a face-to-face meeting, telephone conversations are expected to and should … Read more...

  • Instant Messaging at Work

    "Instant messages are fantastic for finding and corralling people you need to reach instantly, or, conversely, who need to reach you," typed Boston_editor, as he fielded emails. "I find I respond more immediately to an IM than to the … Read more...

  • Language etiquette in the workplace

    Language is a tool for inclusion in culture, and in some workplaces expressions such as "Hey, hockey puck! How on top of that are you?" might easily replace "Are you on track with your deadline?" Yet it's never a good idea to suggest that … Read more...

  • What exactly is "business casual"?

    Hosts and fashion police like to throw out dress code terms and phrases as if they were an actual Thing. But most of these combinations of words are made up, virtually meaningless, just thrown together to get someone off the hook. … Read more...