office culture

Set Expectations When Returning To Work After A Personal Crisis

Your job will gives you leave to grieve after a personal crisis, like a divorce or death of a loved one, but you might return to work still feeling emotional. Be upfront with your boss and colleagues about whether you can handle talking about your situation.

Admitting You And The Boss Don't Get Along Might Improve Your Job

Sometimes you just don’t get along with your boss. It may be you, it may be the supervisor, but either way, you aren’t compatible. A recent study says you admitting that fact to each other may improve your job performance.

Three Tests That Reveal How Happy You Are At Work

The end of the year can be a time to reflect on your work and career progress. Although every job has its benefits and drawbacks, these three tests cut through any confusion and clarify how you really feel about it.

How To Be An Effective Manager Even If You're Shy

It might seem like a contradiction — managers are supposed to be authoritative, bold leaders, and shy people tend to hold back and be more reserved in conversation. Can shy leaders truly be effective? Absolutely; it just comes with a different set of challenges.

How To Know When It's Time To Leave Work And Go Home

How do you know you’re done for the day? Everyone wants to leave the office at a reasonable hour, but you also don’t want to feel like a slacker when you log off and stop reading emails. Here are a few “finish lines” to help you know when it’s ok to stop working and get on with your day.

Have Better One-On-One Meetings By Splitting Personal And Work Time

A one-on-one meeting is a great way to give someone feedback, see what direction they’re headed, and get honest feedback yourself. Splitting the meeting time into personal and work can help you build rapport while getting the information you want.

Do You Have A Best Friend At Work?

Many of us keep our work and personal lives separate; we might have acquaintances at work, but we probably don’t have close friendships. However, at least one psychologist says that having a close friendship at work can make us more productive.

Ask Yourself These Questions Before Replying To A Work Email

We’ve all navigated through extremely convoluted email threads. Ask yourself these questions so you can craft more comprehensive replies with relevant information, and deliver it to the right people.

Ask LH: How Can I Come Up With Good Questions For Meetings?

Hi Lifehacker, At work we regularly have team meetings which are attended by an executive or upper management person. We get an opportunity to ask them questions. How do I come up with a good question?

How To Navigate Office Politics And Avoid Needless Drama

We’ve all been there — one accidental email, and suddenly your entire organisation is filling your inbox with angry replies. Gaffes at work happen to everyone, but you can learn how to navigate the politics of your workplace to keep your cool and avoid drama.