Tagged With office culture

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There’s been a lot of interest in the harmful effects of prolonged sitting at work, from academics and the public alike. The attention being paid to sitting — or rather, not sitting — while on the job stems from the scientifically validated message that being sedentary in general, both indoors and outdoors, is bad for your health.

However, comparatively little attention has been devoted to the harmful effects of prolonged standing at work, despite past studies linking it to chronic back pain and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the lower limbs. What’s more, research has shown that prolonged standing might increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Five years ago, Silicon Valley was rocked by a wave of “brogrammer” bad behavior, when overfunded, highly entitled, mostly white and male startup founders did things that were juvenile, out of line and just plain stupid. Most of these activities – such as putting pornography into PowerPoint slides – revolved around the explicit or implied devaluation and harassment of women and the assumption that heterosexual men’s privilege could or should define the workplace. The recent “memo” scandal out of Google shows how far we have yet to go.

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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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The "10-page anti-diversity screed" that got a Google employee fired this week is a prime example of many, many societal ills. Besides the larger issues of systematic oppression, workplace harassment, and misogyny and racism that are rampant in the tech industry at large, there's a simpler lesson to be learned here:

If you'd got a company-wide message board, blog, or Slack channel, maybe use some common sense before blasting something out to the entire staff, including your bosses?

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In recent weeks two prominent news stories have highlighted workplace romances blowing up into costly public scandals. The romantic relationship between CEO of Seven West Media, Tim Worner, and former executive assistant Amber Harrison, sparked an ugly legal brawl and left in its wake claims of bullying, breaches of contract and confidentiality and a corporate giant using its might to protect its own. More recently, two male AFL executives were publicly shamed and resigned after affairs with lower-ranked female staff.

The tone of the coverage of both cases suggests that sexual relationships between colleagues are an aberration. But the opposite is true: workplaces are where many relationships begin. According to Relationships Australia, in the 35 to 50 age group, 40% of people met their partner at work.

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Dear Lifehacker, My old boss was great. She and I got along, and she was a great manager. She got a new job and left the company, and they just hired someone to replace her. He's OK; he's just getting his bearings, so I'm withholding judgement. How can I set the stage early so he and I learn to get along well and work together?

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Many of us can't wait to pack up and head home at the end of a long workday: we count down the hours and as soon as our shift is up, we're out the door. For others however, there's a stigma to leaving on time, or worse, we have a difficult time forcing ourselves to leave the office, even if we have no love for our work. Here are some ways to break the cycle of working late and get your evenings, and sanity, back.

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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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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.