office culture

Get Out Of Unnecessary Meetings By Voicing Productive Alternatives

Some meetings can be a complete waste of time, especially when you know your presence isn’t essential. Here is a non-confrontational way to try and get out of those meetings so you can get back to your work.

The Remote Worker's Guide To Office Etiquette

Working from home, whether it’s once in a while or every day, doesn’t make you immune to the social weirdness that comes with other people. In fact, being physically removed from your coworkers can make communicating that much stranger. Here’s what you need to know to avoid awkward silences in chat rooms, flat jokes on conference calls, or just feeling isolated from the rest of your colleagues.

Why Sharing Your Success Is Perceived As Bragging

Imagine you just received a great bit of news at work — a promotion, pay rise, new car, an acceptance letter from the top journal in your field. If you are like me, you would probably like to open your door or pick up your phone and share your happiness with co-workers and friends. But research that colleagues and I have recently carried out suggested you should think twice.

Reduce Your Email Workload With The 'Three-Email Rule'

You can be a lot more productive when you have to spend less time explaining things over email. By setting a limit on how many times you’re willing to discuss something over email, you can reduce your workload and avoid any miscommunication.

Seven Things Your IT Department Wishes You Knew About Tech Support

Working in the IT department is often a thankless job. You’re like the invisible behind-the-scenes worker who is only noticed when something breaks — and then you’re blamed for it. Here are seven misconceptions about tech support reps and the IT department you should know so you can work better with the IT guy or gal.

Take Better Notes During Meetings By Thinking Like A Student

Just because you’re writing everything down when you’re in a meeting doesn’t mean that you’re engaged. Absent-minded note-taking isn’t beneficial if you don’t put thought into what you’re writing; instead, you should approach it like a student.

Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid To Apologise At Work 

Apologizing too much can be a problem, but sometimes people hesitate to say “I’m sorry” because they’re afraid of being perceived as weak. Especially in a business environment, you want to be seen as strong. But there’s workplace benefit to an apology: it builds empathy and increases trust.

Stop Expecting Privacy When You Use Work Apps

Your privacy is important, and you need to take steps to protect it in the office environment. When you use office computers, phones or other gear, you shouldn’t expect privacy. And yet, so many still do. Here’s why it doesn’t make sense, and what you can actually do if you want to have an off the record conversation.

How To Build A Stronger Team When You're Not The Boss

A strong, supportive team makes a huge impact on whether you enjoy your work and how your career advances. If you find yourself wishing you had better coworkers, here’s what you can do — even if you aren’t in a position of power.

Why There Are No Right Or Wrong Career Moves

I frequently encounter people struggling with a career decision they believe they have to get “right” or disaster is surely imminent. “What if I take this job and I hate it?” they might say. But this idea of right and wrong in your career path is a fallacy. There are only choices, and with every choice comes an opportunity.