office culture

How The Tech Industry Can Attract More Female Employees

Twitter is the latest tech company to reveal figures showing women are still underrepresented in the information and communication technology (ICT) workforce. Men make up 70% of the overall staff and women just 30%, according to a blog post by Janet Van Huysse, the company’s vice president for diversity and inclusion.


Create An 'Invitational' Elevator Pitch To Advance Your Career

Elevator pitches are those 30-second (or 128-word) opportunities to talk about yourself and why you matter. At a new job, consider giving the target of your speech a specific invitation to seek you out for your skills.


How To Say What You Really Mean At Work (And Be Heard)

Navigating conversations in the work place can often leave you dealing with “fake talk” and useless jargon to avoid conflicts and difficult topics, but sometimes you need to speak up and be heard.


Ask LH: How Can I Get My Boss To Let Me Wear Headphones At Work?

Dear Lifehacker, I work in an open office environment, and I’d really like to put on my headphones and focus to some music while I work. I’m worried my coworker or boss might think I’m isolating myself, or not being a “team player” though. How can I explain I’m trying to be productive without coming off like I’m being defensive?


Take Five Minutes At The End Of Your Day For A Gadget-Free Review

For many of us, the workday doesn’t feel like it ever ends because of our connected devices. At the end of the day, give yourself at least five gadget-free and distraction-free minutes to mentally review your day.


Always Looking Busy Isn't Necessarily A Good Thing

Generally, when you look busy, it’s a good thing because you’re doing your work. However, consistently looking busy could make you look overburdened or incapable.


When To Say No To New Responsibilities At Work

Usually you should embrace new tasks and responsibilities at work to demonstrate your potential, but sometimes an opportunity comes along that might only bog you down without advancing your career. Here are four instances where you might be better off saying no thanks.


Figure Out What Compliments Your Boss Prefers To Suck Up Better

It’s important to get on the good side of your boss. There’s nothing wrong with sucking up a little bit, but you need to figure out what kind of compliments he or she prefers — or it’s going to be really obvious that you’re sucking up.


The Three Essentials For Successful Collaboration

You might automatically assume that teaming up on a project makes it easier, but there are some weaknesses that come with collaboration. Ron Friedman at 99u describes three important aspects you should consider when planning a joint effort.


Seek Out Problems At A New Job To Advance Your Career

When you start out at a new job, your first instinct might be to blend into the woodwork and not rock the boat. Instead, actively seek out problems you can solve and you’ll get better work projects.