You really can be a healthy workaholic; Should you reveal your previous salary?

Being a workaholic isn’t bad for your health — if you love your job. Simply working long hours doesn’t increase the risk of serious health issues (although it can cause stress-related physical complaints like headaches), according to a new study. What makes all the difference is engagement: A look at 763 employees of an international firm found that those who felt disengaged were more prone to major health risk factors like high blood pressure and obesity, while engaged and happy workers showed none of those signs. So if you want to burn the midnight oil to finish that assignment, go ahead — as long as it’s out of love and not ambition or stressful workplace challenges. • Share your thoughts: #WorkaholicHealth

… But it doesn’t mean you should never disconnect. Boston Consulting Group ran an experiment back in 2004: They made each worker pick a weekday to completely disconnect. What they found is that communication, satisfaction, and employee retention soared; consultants worked more closely together and stopped sweating the small stuff. They also had more space to do “deep work,” says podcast host and author Manoush Zomorodi — the sort of intense thinking that’s often much more valuable than the daily tasks that eat up our time. Yes, technology blurs the distinction between work and life, she says, “but if we want to do anything more interesting and important than just answering e-mails and IMs, it seems a separation is necessary.” • Share your thoughts: #DisconnectWork

Should you reveal your previous salary? A slew of regions from Oregon to New York City are banning “the salary question” — but does it really help close the gender pay gap? It’s complicated, according to PayScale. Its survey found that when women refused to disclose their previous salary, they were offered 1.8% less than women who did disclose; when men refused, they were offered 1.2% more. Unconscious biases could be at play, says the company’s Lydia Frank: Employers may assume women who don’t disclose earn less, or women may be punished for negotiating. While it’s too soon to know if legislative solutions make a difference, Frank urges businesses to stop asking the question, or set pay based on the role rather than the candidate. • Share your thoughts: #SalaryHistoryBan

Why writing skills matter for any job: If you want to work at project management company Basecamp, develop your writing. “You have to be a great writer to work here, in every single position, because the majority of our communication is written,” explains CEO Jason Fried. It’s not about penning the next great novel; it’s about being able to communicate ideas. “That’s our initial filter — are you a clear thinker and a clear writer?” And Basecamp isn’t alone in its search for clear communicators: According to a survey from Burning Glass Technologies, writing and communications skills are in hot demand across nearly every industry, even IT and engineering. • Share your thoughts: #WritingSkills

The productivity booster that’s music to your ears: A whopping 81% of employees surveyed by LinkedIn and Spotify said listening to music at work made them more productive. But before you blast Bjork across the office floor, be mindful of context: Not only do nearly a quarter of professionals think it’s rude when people impose their taste on others (some even said they’d consider switching jobs if they disagreed with their employer’s music policy), but the type of music (and office volume) matters. A study from 2011 found that music you feel ambivalent toward, or that doesn’t have lyrics, is best for efficiency and concentration. • Share your thoughts:#MusicAtWork

One last idea: Don’t just embrace failure; make it work for you. “Failure is going to happen whether we embrace it or not,” The Motley Fool’s Catherine Baab-Muguirawrites in Quartz“What we need are ways to think about it that aren’t facile.” Failing, particularly early in your career, can help you make more informed decisions about the next step — sending you down the anything-but-straight path to success. • #OnFailure 

“Rejections and failures are sources of information. How else will you know what’s possible and what isn’t?”