office culture

Plants In The Office Will Make You More Productive

Plants in the office aren’t just more attractive than staplers — they can also improve your productivity. A study by scientists suggest that decking your desk with greenery can improve performance by as much as 15 per cent.

Asking For Advice Makes You Look More Competent, Not Stupider

Even if you believe in the whole “There’s no such thing as a stupid question” mantra, sometimes you’d just rather hold your tongue than look stupid. New research suggests, however, that you’ll appear more competent to others if you ask for advice rather than keeping quiet.

Make Fun A Workplace Priority For Happier Staff And Clients

We all have to grow up, but holding on to your inner child can help your business more than you think. Makenna Johnston at Tiny Buddha says the end result of fun in the workplace isn’t just happier employees, but happier clients.

How To Handle A Toxic Work Environment

It’s one thing to dislike your job, but it’s another to feel physically ill walking in to work. If your job just doesn’t have redeeming qualities, your work environment may be toxic in more ways than one. Here’s how to handle it, especially when quitting is not an option.

Why We're Becoming Happier For Our Bosses To Spy On Us Online

Will employers in the future watch what their staff get up to on social media? Allowing bosses or would-be employers a snoop around social media pages is a growing trend in the US, and now a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Said Business School suggests it may well become the norm.

The Health Benefits Of Standing Versus Sitting

It seems the world is finally coming to terms with the fact that humans evolved to stand, not to sit — well, health researchers, savvy office workers and many commuters, at least.

Learn The Secrets Of Pronoun Usage To Avoid A Bad Boss

The next time your potential supervisor interviews you, listen to the pronouns they use to decode their management style — and avoid a potentially bad boss.

Wait Three Months Before Taking A Holiday At A New Job

When we start a new job, some of us aren’t sure when the best time is to request a holiday. Experts interviewed by Business Insider say three months.

How To Identity Workaholism (And Why It's Bad)

The term “workaholism” has been around since the 1971 publication of Wayne Oates’ book Confessions of a Workaholic. But, despite increasing research into the idea, there is still no single concept of this phenomenon. This is problematic for tackling the issue which, if classified as an addiction, should be treated as such.

How To Handle Big Time Mess-Ups At Work

To err is human, but sometimes when we realise we’ve handled something badly at work, we find ourselves at a loss to how we should deal with it. Here are the steps you can take to pick up the pieces and limit the long-term damage as much as possible.