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The Best Way to Ask for a Favor The Best Way to Ask for a Favor

So, you need some help. It’s okay, we all need a hand sometimes. Problem is, a lot of us don’t know how to go about asking—so we don’t. Well, according to a social psychologist, here’s the simplest, most effective way to ask for a favor.

Survive an Open Office Plan by Synching Up Survive an Open Office Plan by Synching Up

Open offices are a panopticon hellhole. They might make it easier to collaborate, and they might help your boss pack more workers into a smaller space, but they leave you in earshot of every little sound your co-workers make. (You get to see and smell them, too!) The most obvious coping mechanisms—headphones, phone…

The Beginner's Guide to Coworking The Beginner's Guide to Coworking

I love the concept of a coworking space. Even though I’ve worked from home for a number of years, I sometimes find myself missing things like human interaction, yummy snacks, plants, and unique or super-creative spaces that make it easier to get through the 9–5 day.

How to Actually Leave Work on Time How to Actually Leave Work on Time

There’s a lot to do. There always is. You sit at your desk well past quittin’ time each day to ensure it gets all done, but in the end you suffer for it. It’s okay to leave work on time, and these tips can help you make it a habit.

How to Behave When You Join a New Slack How to Behave When You Join a New Slack

When I joined the workplace Slack at Lifehacker’s parent company, Fusion Media Group, I went in guns blazing. I posted too much, inserted myself into conversations, embarrassed myself in private channels. Don’t be like me! But also don’t be a terrified wallflower. Here’s how to settle into a new Slack without…

Flee Your House in the Morning Before Working From Home Flee Your House in the Morning Before Working From Home

When you work from home, it’s an easy habit to roll out of bed in the morning and instantly clock in. To begin your work day while you’re still pulling sleep boogers out of your eyes.

What Do I Do When I Receive Someone Else's Email? What Do I Do When I Receive Someone Else's Email?

If you have a popular name combination, or just get a lot of email at work, you’re bound to get an email that wasn’t intended for you. You could ignore it, sure, but there are better ways to handle it.

How to Solve Conflicts With a Remote Coworker How to Solve Conflicts With a Remote Coworker

2018 is just around the corner. If one of your New Year’s resolutions (or dreams) is to get along better with a remote coworker, you’re not alone. Working with someone in the office every day and maintaining a great relationship can be hard on its own when you add distance into the mix things can get a little hairier.

I'm David Heinemeier Hansson, Basecamp CTO, and This Is How I Work I'm David Heinemeier Hansson, Basecamp CTO, and This Is How I Work

The culture of Basecamp, the small company behind top-shelf project management software, is famously productive and unfrazzled. David Heinemeier Hansson, aka DHH, is the developer behind Basecamp’s eponymous flagship product. He’s also the creator of Ruby on Rails, the framework underlying sites like Hulu, Airbnb,…

Your Remote Boss Doesn’t Necessarily Hate You Your Remote Boss Doesn’t Necessarily Hate You

You’ve got problems, I’ve got advice. This advice isn’t sugar-coated—in fact, it’s sugar-free, and may even be a little bitter. Welcome to Tough Love.

How to Break Up with a Toxic Work Friend How to Break Up with a Toxic Work Friend

Workplaces are funny little ecosystems. You spend all your time working and developing complex relationships with everyone from the security guard to your shared desk mate, but occasionally, these fragile work friendships can go south.

How to Navigate Office Etiquette on Slack How to Navigate Office Etiquette on Slack

It’s altogether possible that among some of the workers, friends, and people with otherwise undefined relationships that make up its 5 million daily users, the chat software Slack has delivered on its stated purpose of “Making work simpler, more pleasant, and more productive.” In my personal experience it has…

How to Shut Down a Condescending Coworker for Good How to Shut Down a Condescending Coworker for Good

You’ve got problems, I’ve got advice. This advice isn’t sugar-coated—in fact, it’s sugar-free, and may even be a little bitter. Welcome to Tough Love.

How Playing Hooky From Work Can Boost Your Productivity How Playing Hooky From Work Can Boost Your Productivity

Feeling stressed? Tired? Skipping out on work might seem wrong, but according to one neuroscientist, it could end up making you more productive in the long run.

How to Handle a Coworker Who Dresses Inappropriately How to Handle a Coworker Who Dresses Inappropriately

You’ve got problems, I’ve got advice. This advice isn’t sugar-coated—in fact, it’s sugar-free, and may even be a little bitter. Welcome to Tough Love.

World's Best Teens Compete in Microsoft Office World Championship World's Best Teens Compete in Microsoft Office World Championship

This July, we asked for software tips from the 2017 Microsoft Office National Champions, a set of charming teens who are officially the best at using PowerPoint, Word, and Excel. The Verge recently followed these teens to the World Championship in California, where they tested their Office skills in a contest that…

How to Break Things Off With Your Clingy Sex Buddy How to Break Things Off With Your Clingy Sex Buddy

You’ve got problems, I’ve got advice. This advice isn’t sugar-coated—in fact, it’s sugar-free, and may even be a little bitter. Welcome to Tough Love.

Roll up Those Sleeves If You’re Hot—but Not Too Tight Roll up Those Sleeves If You’re Hot—but Not Too Tight

While a professional politician might have their hard-working American citizen cosplay down, us average Joes might not be as skilled when it comes to rolling up those long-sleeve shirts, especially when it’s hot outside. You might lean toward tighter rolls, but that won’t help if you’re trying to stay cool.

Officecore: 10 Games That Simulate Boring Jobs Officecore: 10 Games That Simulate Boring Jobs

It is as if you were doing work, a new browser game by impish developer Pippin Barr, simulates puttering around inside Windows 95, clicking dialog boxes and mashing your keyboard to type out reports and emails. Depending on your real job, it’s a relaxing desktop toy or a horrifying parody of your waking life. It’s a…

If You're a Top Performer, Get on Your Coworkers' Good Side If You're a Top Performer, Get on Your Coworkers' Good Side

If you’re a superstar employee, there’s a good chance you have a target on your back. A recent study suggests coworkers want to drag down their top performing colleagues.

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