office culture

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.

View Your Annoyances As Project Opportunities At Work

No job is without its share of annoyances. While most of us tend to groan, sigh and move on with our day, those moments of frustration may actually be golden opportunities calling to you.

Consider Working From Home On Wednesdays Instead Of Fridays

If you work from home for part of the week, you may be tempted to make Friday your telecommuting day. Shifting that day to Wednesday, though, can help break up the week (and make it more likely that your boss will let you telecommute).

Ask LH: Is It OK To Take Sickies After Quitting A Job?

Hi Lifehacker, So I’ve submitted my resignation and am counting down to my last day of work, with three weeks left to go. Last week, I decided to take a — ahem — “sick” day. Now I’m wondering what’s stopping me from taking more. (What are they going to do, fire me? Or what?)

Ask 'What' Instead Of 'Why' When The Boss Criticises

Nobody enjoys getting chewed out by the boss, but it happens to the best of us. Starting the discussion with “what” helps you focus on constructive feedback.

Improve Hiring With A 'No Jerks' Policy

Horrific colleagues can make even the most appealing sounding job a daily nightmare. Avoid that hassle by implementing a “no jerks” policy when hiring new staff.

Remember To Ask Colleagues Before Using Them In Out-Of-Office Messages

If you’re taking time off work, you’ll probably set up an out-of-office message. You might want to direct queries to one of your colleagues, but don’t forget to ask before signing them up for endless emails.

Shadow Coworkers To Become More Efficient At Your Job

You might feel like you do your job well, but there is always room for improvement. One way you can improve is to see how your job interacts with other jobs by shadowing coworkers.

How To Effectively Work With People Who Are Smarter Than You

It’s entrepreneurship gospel — hire those who are smarter than you. There’s no mystery to this wisdom. Clever, skilled employees require less management, constantly teach you new things, and shore up your weaknesses. But while the rationale behind this oft-repeated tip is simple, executing it isn’t.

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.