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Whether you're doing the office dishes, engaging in impromptu football or just unwinding at the bar, it is often necessary to roll up the sleeves of your dress shirt. Unfortunately, most of us are rubbish at it: either the shirtsleeves are a bulky mess or they constantly fall down your arms. (Sometimes both.) This infographic demonstrates how savvy businessmen do it.

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Dear Lifehacker, I read somewhere that a creative workspace can lead to higher productivity and wanted to know if it's true? 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)?

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In an ideal world, our jobs would be challenging, engaging, and rewarding all the time, but that isn't always the case. How do you deal with unhappiness at work? Ideally, it may just take a small tweak to get your career back on track to a more satisfying path, and you can start by telling your boss.

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Dear Lifehacker, In both my work and personal life, I'm supposed to delegate responsibilities to others. Usually, this is great, because it helps get things done, but some of my co-workers and family just don't do a good-enough job, whether it's incomplete reports or lousy laundry skills. Outside of doing everything myself or firing/no longer working with these folks, what can I do?

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Dear Lovehacker, I've been in a relationship for over four years and I love my girlfriend very much. A few months ago I met a woman at my work that I'll call Triss. Ever since we first talked she's taken an interest to me. She would often ask to meet outside to just chat during our lunch breaks but very quickly she started making advances. Nothing too weird but she would try to touch me or hold my hand. I told her that made me uncomfortable and I was in a long term relationship. But things have been getting progressively worse...

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There are (at least) two ways to make a fool of yourself in front of your boss. Way No. 1: Pepper them with questions after they give you an assignment, especially ones that you could easily look up on your own. Way No. 2: Don’t ask any questions after they give you an assignment, so that what you end up turning in is incomplete or otherwise not what they wanted.

The happy medium here is figuring out how to solicit your boss’ help in a way that makes you look even more competent.

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Most of us have no idea how we're perceived at work - especially when it comes to our 'personality'. While you can usually hazard a guess as to which workmates like or dislike you, the label attached to your identity is often a mystery. Are you considered to be a slob? A neat freak? A gossip monger? A brown-noser? A dullard?

One way to know for sure is to conduct an office poll at gunpoint. Or you could follow this flowchart which matches eight personality traits to a corresponding office stereotype.

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Most of us have at least one coworker we can’t stand. Maybe it’s because they chew loudly. Perhaps it’s because they bully the innocent. Whatever the reason, it can be difficult to work alongside someone who you find annoying, unprofessional, or just plain rude.

Luckily, there are ways to tackle the many varieties of obnoxious people. It just takes patience, tact and the ability to see the big picture. With that in mind, here are 16 types of coworkers you absolutely can’t stand — and how to deal with each of them.

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Finding a new job can be a nerve-racking experience. From crafting your ideal resume to acing the interview, there are a lot of opportunities to screw things up.

To help you avoid letting bad habits shine through at the worst moments, we asked experts to highlight some of the least professional behaviour you could demonstrate that will almost certainly cost you a job. Here are 15 of their most illuminating answers that cover every step of the interview process - from resume creation to body language.

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Pregnant workers often need modifications to their jobs (less lifting, for example.) If your job is quite physical, a doctor's note may be required exempting you from certain types of work - but the contents of the note could also backfire. To protect your job, don't ask for the note too early and make sure your doctor knows what it needs to say.

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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.

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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.