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Hacks related to the office such as dealing with people or situations. Note that "mind hacks" are off-topic. Please use [office-supplies] instead, when applicable.

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An alternative (cheaper) option than offering towel service at the gym

We have just got a gym facility at my work, however, we do not currently offer towel service as it is quite expensive. Does anyone know of any alternatives to offering this service? For example, a ...
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How to make your desk at work less reflective?

For about a year I have the following problem at work: My desk at work is very white and very reflective. There is no curtain. I cannot move the desk or paint it. Other spots are taken. I thought ...
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Remember Appointment - without mobile phone [closed]

I have the tunnel vision. I know that I have an telco at 14:00 this day. But if a team mate asks me for help at 13:45, then I walk to his desk and then it is likely that I forget the telco. An alarm ...
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How to stop static shocks on the office?

Here in the office we suffer a lot with static shocks, all day long when people touch each other, open a door or grab a coffee. It's really a pain. This is what the office looks like: We have A/C on....
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How to avoid embarrassing situations when I have sweaty hands?

I suffer excessive sweating in my hands, and that causes me embarrassing situations like, when I shake hands with others, being asked to fill a paper form (and return it soaking). Of course, I can ...
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Prevent rubber bands from ageing?

I daily get rubber bands, I collect them and store it in one of shelves so that I could use them later. At certain times, when I require it for use, they would have changed their form to a sticky- ...
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Safety pin of fire extinguisher broke, how to make it active in terms of need?

Just as a measure of safety, office have fire extinguishers. But one of its safety pin seems to be broken half the way. Replacing it now itself, being a solution, if I am in middle of a fire, how ...
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How to help an office coffee 'club' succeed?

My department recently tried to start a coffee 'club'. The admin bought a Keurig coffee maker, it came with some sample K cups, and she put up a sign saying everyone should bring in K cups for ...
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How to repel ants invading my bottled water?

The last couple of months have seen an invasion of ants in my office building. They are mostly a minor nuisance except that they keep getting into my opened bottled water where they collect on the ...
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How can I keep a USB mini 2.0 (or other) cable from tearing?

What are some ways to protect the ends of a USB mini 2.0 charging cable (or other thin insulated wire) tearing up? Anytime the electrical outlet is at a height greater than the device it is attached ...
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How to compensate for sinking / uneven floor in office

I rent an office on the 2nd floor of a 2 story building. The carpet is the standard blue you find everywhere. Certain sections of my office floor are slanted downwards with some sections (mostly the ...
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How to get out of a tag-back scenario [closed]

not 100% sure this is on-topic, if not I apologize... My workplace organizes a summer weekly Friday happy hour, and whoever gets to organize it picks the person to organize it next. My friend and I ...
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How to prevent being startled by co-workers while listening to music at your desk?

Doesn't seem to be a good solution available. I've heard of mirrors, but those have certain limitations. Wondering what methods people have found for avoiding surprises in the office.
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How can I keep an awning window open?

My office has a metal-framed awning window (i.e. a casement hinged at the top). To stop it closing under its own weight, it has an arm either side, the other end of which slides along a vertical track....
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How can I keep an office chair cool enough to avoid causing perspiration?

I'm in an office environment. Like many office workers, I have a chair! When I'm sitting in said chair, my body heat seems to get absorbed by the glorious, cushiony, cloth-covered padding I'm sitting ...
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Any use for pencils with broken lead? [closed]

I have quite a few pencils that are essentially useless. Attempting to sharpen them ends with the graphite snapping off before I can write the first letter of a word. I know it's not the pencil ...
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Cheap way to get a clear plastic coffee table? For lying underneath it and using a windows 8.1 tablet on top [closed]

**I put this in lifehack stack exchange because I think also an alternative to the below could be built out of easy household obnjects that I just not have thought of I'm going to use a windows 8.1 ...
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How to prevent people accidentally turning the lights off from leaning on the switches?

The office I work in has light switches located near an elevator. This switches control the lights in my department. It is a fairly often occasion where, when waiting for the elevator to arrive, ...
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Listening to music in cubicle without headphones

I work in a cubicle environment. It's okay that we wear headphones, but after wearing them all day it can get uncomfortable. In addition, occasionally I have to leave my desk and/or hear when someone ...
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How to waken myself when sleepy without causing much distraction to other employees? [closed]

This question specifically ask about the afternoon energy slump, I am curious on what things can I do in order to waken myself up without causing much distraction to other employees in my office? ...
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How to remove superglue from a desk?

I recently went away for the weekend and came back to work to find a pot of superglue was left on its side and now there is glue everywhere. I have managed to remove the pot of glue from the desk and ...
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How can I keep cables from falling off of desks when unplugged?

I'm sure that this is a common cable management problem: you have a bunch of cables running up to your desk that when you unplug you don't want to fall off but instead remain in an easily accessible ...