Professional environments may seem like the last place to try out your latest joke, but a recent study suggests jokes can make you seem more confident and capable — even if your joke flops.
We are living at a time of unlimited potential. Never before have we experienced such a rapid growth in the number of young entrepreneurs who've begun working for themselves. From app developers, to freelance writers, business consultants, creative producers and startup founders, there's no shortage of people willing to take large calculated risks in the name of sculpting their own self-employed dream careers.
Just like with regular employees, the professionalism and likability of managers can vary greatly - some are excellent at their jobs while others are truly terrible. Either way, there are a few things you just shouldn't say to your direct superior. After all, they ultimately hold the keys to your future in the company. Aside from the obvious — like profanity and insults — here are the words and phrases you should never utter to your boss.
Almost every job interview ends with the same question: "Do you have any questions for us?" It goes without saying that you don't want to draw a blank here - but you also don't want to ask the wrong question and invalidate the rest of the interview. This hack from the archives explains the best way to respond.
Dear Lifehacker, I was hoping to get some advice on how best to make a special request of my boss. I suffer from misophonia, with some people in the office triggering it with their typing and various other sounds. I want to inform my boss of my condition and see if I can request a room for myself, but I don't know if I should do that informally by just talking to them, or formally by writing them an email.
In the last 14 months, I've been home for only two. The other 12 were spent vagabonding around the planet, working on my laptop in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Paris, Barcelona, and more. It sounds wonderful, and I was certainly privileged to do so, but I learned quickly that while rewarding, it also brought real, serious mental and physical health challenges.
No matter how happy you are with your job, we're willing to bet that you have no love for your annual performance review. You know that rite of passage that often happens at the end of the calendar year, where you sit down with your manager and determine what you've contributed to the company, if your future goals align, whether you've exceeded expectations — and if a promotion and salary hike are in the cards.
Company culture influences what your work life is like in many ways, which is why it's important to find out what the company culture is like when you're interviewing for a new job. Here's why asking about lunch is an easy way to do so.
Quite often, when the topic of extended leave from one's career comes up, it's in the context of having children. People often want to spend a few years at home with their children when they're young, returning to the workforce when the children are entering their school years, or even continuing to stay at home and providing a homeschooling environment.