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Ask LH: How Can I Get My Boss To Listen To My Ideas?

Dear Lifehacker, I feel like I’m not being heard at work. There are a lot of things our team could be doing better, but every time I make suggestions, I’m either shot down or I feel like it just isn’t taken seriously. How can I get my boss to listen to my ideas?


Three Reasons Why You Need To Pay Your Dues At Work

Are you a person who always received a prize in pass-the-parcel or a participation trophy for playing sport? If so, chances are you are also expecting to walk into your dream job straight after graduating from university and be offered a six figure salary. The truth is life is tough, and if you want to make it to the top you’re going to have to work for it. Here’s why.


How To Disagree With Your Boss (Without Getting Fired)

Let’s face it — openly disagreeing with someone in a way that’s constructive and non-condescending can be tough. But, when that someone is your boss? Things suddenly get a whole lot trickier.


How Can Modern Offices Deal With Blurring Work-Life Distinctions?

Once upon a time, the typical Australian office involved staff members in cubicles, management in fancy offices and a clear delineation between work time and free time. But the world has changed, and the workspace with it. Remote-friendly business models, a blending of the work-life division, and a rise in fluid “non-employees” are just a few trends to watch out for in the coming year. We look at some of the ways business is changing.


Standing Is For Chumps: What To Look For In An Office Chair [Infographic]

We’re big fans of standing desks at Lifehacker. But not everyone agrees about their supposed health benefits. This infographic looks at various ways to improve posture and alleviate back pain while sitting in the office.


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.


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