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Being the CEO of a big company comes with plenty of perks. Having a beer shouted generally isn't one of them. Whether it's afterwork drinks, a networking conference or a lunch meeting with clients, they are usually the person expected to pick up the tab.

Here's why you should step in and offer to buy them a drink.


For the past two weeks, Australian politics have been dominated by the explosive revelation that Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce engaged in an extramarital affair with a staffer who is now expecting his child. The particulars of the relationship have been roundly criticised by both sides of politics, with several ministers and former politicians calling for Joyce's sacking.

In direct response to the affair, Malcolm Turnbull has banned sexual relations between ministers and staff in a bid to bring the ministerial code of conduct in line with "attitudes in the corporate world." This may have some people wondering: is it ever illegal to have sex with an underling in a corporate setting?

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.


The salad days of cryptocurrency are fading fast. Yesterday, the price of bitcoin fell below $6000. Some are predicting it could dip through $3000 in the months ahead. This is a far cry from December 2017, when a single bitcoin hovered around $25,000 in value.

During this week's crypto bloodbath, it might be tempting to poke fun at colleagues who invested heavily in bitcoin and wouldn't shut up about the huge profits they were making. Instead, try showing a little empathy.


It's perfectly natural to play it close to the vest at work, especially if you're the new guy in the office. But office camaraderie depends on more than showing up on time or coming through on a group project. It also involves participating in work-related social events, often including the occasional after-work drinks with your colleagues. If you're an introvert, FastCompany has a few guidelines on when you should (or shouldn't) attend your office's happy hour event.


"I wouldn't do it that way. Why don't you try this? What are you doing? That's not right. Don't do that. Do this." Sound familiar? They're all phrases you've likely heard from the notorious control freak in your office. And, while you've somehow managed to continue trucking along without snapping, you're getting dangerously close to the end of your rope.


Looking busy has a bad rap. Sometimes you have to look busy so you can actually work on the things that matter. Here's how to trick others into believing you've got a full plate so you'll get the breathing room to actually get things done.


Aaargh! You just found out that your coworker makes more than you do, even though you both do the same kind of work, you've been there longer and you do a better job. You feel demoralized, insulted by your employer and resentful of your coworker. Before you protest, here's how to handle the situation professionally.


"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." This is the tagline to Ferris Bueller's Day Off. It's also the basic premise of "Go Home On Time Day", which is currently in its sixth year. So who's taking part this year? Anyone? Anyone?


Dear Lifehacker, I recently followed your advice for finding unclaimed money, but I took it a step further and started looking up names of family and friends too. This dug up a large amount of money under the name of one of my colleagues, which I'm sure he would love to know about. However, I am afraid to be labelled a 'sticky beak' if I let him know. Do you think it would be appropriate to let him know of his unclaimed fortune? Cheers, Sticky Beak


Sometimes we have the pleasure of working with a manager we really like and respect, and who respects us too. Other times, the relationship isn't so great, and we have to deal with someone we can barely tolerate. Here's how to grow a thicker skin at the office and learn to deal with a less-than-ideal boss.


The adage "Kill 'em with kindness" holds more water than you might think, especially when it comes to dealing with tough personalities in the workplace. Some people are just difficult to work with, and sometimes the best way to get along is to be compassionate with them.


Safeguarding every idea you have might not be the best way to get things done. Today we look at an alternate viewpoint that suggests ideas need to be free and you need to be hungry for new ones.


The New York Times' Shifting Careers column interviews Peggy Klaus, author of The Hard Truth About Soft Skills and noted proponent of the power of blogging, about the "soft skills" that everyone—especially the productivity-obsessed among us—can use occasional coaching on. Among the questions is one that any freelancer or over-scheduled office worker has probably pondered: How do you tell a boss or an important client that you can't tackle a project, whether due to deadlines, preferences, or nearly any other reason. Klaus' response.


Being stuck in a meeting that has little to do with your actual work can feel like a waste of time—but don't zone out out of habit. The Corporate Hack blog suggests that even if your meeting isn't, well, enthralling stuff, taking detailed notes on what was said, who's going to tackle the issues brought up, and other topics can score you serious points with the boss, whether or not you're the designated note-taker. It also helps prevent your mind from wandering in a way that's obvious from a glance, and if there's really nothing to note, you can always (surreptitiously) plan out your own action list for after the meeting. How do you put a pen and paper to good use during your round-table time? Share your secret tactics in the comments.

Quick Tip: Meeting Notes