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Beware Of Boredom In The Office

Boredom can strike at any time during the work day, especially for office workers who spend most of their time staring at a computer screen. But frequent bouts of boredom can hinder productivity and that is something employers should be wary of.

Are These The Ten Fattest Professions In Australia?

Australia is one of the fattest nations on Earth. While eating habits play a large role, your job can also have an adverse effect on your waistline — especially if it involves long stints of inactivity. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has allegedly conducted a poll to uncover which industries have the most overweight workers. Here are the results.

Undo Send: How To Avoid SMS And Email Misfires

Emails and text messages go off half-cocked all the time, whether it’s a sensitive work message on which you unintentionally copied the whole company in on, or — as in Peter Dutton’s recent stuff-up — a ranty text message that went to the target of your ire rather than to a crony.

Ask LH: Can My Boss Force Me To Take Annual Leave During Holiday Shutdown Periods?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m saving up my leave for a big holiday in July/August next year. My company has a Christmas shutdown and is forcing all employees to take these days off from their personal annual leave entitlements. However, staff who they deem as essential are able to work on these days and not lose their annual leave. Is this legal and is there any way for those of us that are “non-essential” to combat it as it sounds very unfair?

12 Kris Kringle/Secret Santa Gift Ideas

It’s nearly “Secret Santa” time again in offices and workplaces around the country. If you’re stumped for ideas, this guide should be able to help: it includes gifts for an assortment of co-worker types, with prices ranging from $7 to $50.

How To Stay Focused At Work

It’s hard to imagine what our jobs would be like without technology — but how much is too much? Our digital devices have helped with convenience and accessibility, but it has also promoted procrastination. If you are struggling with your overflowing inbox or constantly distracted by your endless smart phone notifications, it may be time to reassess your work habits and implement some new tactics.

Ask LH: What Should I Discuss With My Boss During Pub Lunches?

Dear Lifehacker, What should I do if I have an unplanned pub lunch with my boss? How can I best take advantage of this time? What topics should I bring up, and which ones should I avoid? I’ve had lunch with him before but I always walk away feeling like I should have used the time better. Any suggestions?

The Australian 'Sickie' In Numbers [Infographic]

Last year, workplace absenteeism allegedly cost Australian businesses a whopping $33 billion in lost productivity. Up to 70 per cent was caused by “entitlement mentality”. This number-packed infographic looks at all the ways workplace sickies affect companies, along with a few ways to fix the problem.

Why It's Better To Reward Groups Than Inviduals

Virtually everyone lives and works in a team, but there is a tension between what is good for the group and what is good for the individual. Within a group competitive individuals do better but cooperative groups as a whole do better. So who should be rewarded: the individual or the group?

Aim To Be The Rock Star While Interning Or Working Entry Level Jobs

When you get your first job or internship, you might be intimidated. It’s natural to take it slow and wait for instruction. If you want to move up, however, make it your goal to be seen as the office rock star.

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