office culture

Why You Need Windows In Your Office

No, this isn’t what you think. Research suggests that a windowless office can be bad for you: working in a space with no natural light means you’ll get less sleep at night.

Ask LH: How Can I Stop My Sycophantic Colleague From CC'ing The Boss On Every Email?

Dear Lifehacker, What should I do when a co-worker continually copies all their managers in all email communications? It comes off as though they are trying to make me seem bad in front of the bosses because they ignore what I have told them in person and ask question after question that I have already answered.

Ask LH: What Should I Do If I've Been Passed Over For A Promotion?

Dear Lifehacker, I’ve been in my job for a long time now, I’m good at what I do, and I get great reviews from my boss and my coworkers, so when a senior-level opening appeared in our group, I figured I would get it when our boss picked the person for the job. He picked someone else, and I’m kind of angry about it. Should I be? Should I take this as a message and quit? How should I react?

Ask LH: How Can I Make My Workspace More Inspiring?

Dear Lifehacker, I read somewhere recently that a creative workspace can lead to higher productivity and wanted to know if it’s true. See, I work in a boring office job (it pays the bills) but I’m a creative type at heart. My question is, how can I add creativity to my corner of a boring workplace to inspire myself (preferably without getting in trouble)?

It's Better To Share Ideas At Work, Not Hoard Them

If you’re worried that sharing ideas at the office will result in someone stealing them and taking credit, relax. A new study published in the Academy of Management Journal notes this actually happens less frequently than we think, and we may be shooting ourselves in the foot by hiding knowledge from our coworkers..

Send Your Boss A Weekly Status Update To Stay Visible

If you work in a big office or work remotely, your boss may not even be aware of some of the great things you’re up to. Bosses are busy people, after all. Consider sending them a weekly status update to keep them apprised.

Do You Self-Censor At Work?

Acting naturally at your workplace is always a bit tough. You want to present a professional demeanour, and often that comes at the cost of censoring yourself. So we want to know: do you self-censor at work?

Ask LH: Can I Be Funny At Work Without Ruining My Reputation?

Dear Lifehacker, I like telling jokes and making people laugh. I want to be able to use this skill in my career to network and get along better with my coworkers, but I don’t want to get labelled unprofessional — I still want people to take me seriously. Can I strike a balance without shooting myself in the foot?

Why Saying 'I Don't Know' Adds Credibility

When you’re working, it can be hard to admit when you don’t know something, especially if you’re talking with a client. However, 42 Floors points out that saying “I don’t know” actually adds credibility in certain cases.

Tuesdays Are The Most Productive Day Of The Week

If you have a big project, or you just want to make time to get some work done, a new survey says that Tuesday is the day to clear your calendar and try to get things done — it’s the one day of the week we all buckle down and try to be most productive.