Safe For Work

By Wondery

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Description

How do you speak up without bragging? What do you do if your boss takes credit for your idea? How do you ask for a raise? Workplace MVPs and corporate veterans Liz Dolan and Matt Ritter will help you make the big decisions, sort through the small stuff, and get more fulfillment from your work life. Liz Dolan is the former head of marketing for Nike, NatGeo, and the Oprah Winfrey Network. Matt Ritter is a recovering lawyer turned comedian and executive recruiter. Liz, Matt, and their guests will help you figure out how to deal with your burning workplace problems. Or maybe once you've heard other callers' problems, you'll realize that yours aren’t that bad after all. Safe for Work: job stress, life relief.


Episode Date
Challenging Workplace Culture
00:39:49

People talk a lot about how hard it is to change just one of your coworkers, so it makes sense that it's so difficult to challenge the wider culture at a company, especially when that culture reinforces its employees' toxic behavior. So on today's show, Liz and Matt start by talking about why the Women's Revolt at Nike is such a big deal, and how collective action spurred such a large change within that company. Then, Liz talks with author Jonah Sachs, whose new book, "Unsafe Thinking: How to be Nimble and Bold When You Need It Most," dives into the importance of challenging the prevailing cultures and ways of thinking in the office. Plus, we help a listener who's being set-up in a mentoring relationship to institute some changes at her company. And we get some sage advice straight from the source of ZipRecruiter's CEO, Ian Siegel.


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Jun 11, 2018
Office Romance
00:45:09

We spend sooo much time at work that it’s only natural for romance to bloom between coworkers. That being said, the world of workplace relationships is fraught with pitfalls and all-too-common mistakes, so on today’s episode, we’re going over all the do’s and don’ts of dating at work. Meredith Goldstein, advice columnist at The Boston Globe and host of the podcast “Love Letters,” joins us to talk about how her ill-fated office romance shaped the advice she gives to her readers. Later in the show, Dr. Stephen Dansiger joins forces with Liz and Matt to help a listener whose tyrannical boss might be struggling with mental illness. And we debate those eternal workplace questions — like, “video conference or teleconference?” — in today’s lightning-fast debate segment, Mind the Gap.


You can find out more about Meredith and her podcast, “Love Letters,” at http://meredithgoldstein.com/


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Jun 04, 2018
Building and Fixing Trust
00:37:26

You might’ve heard a saying that goes like, “If you want something done right, you’ve gotta do it yourself.” It’s catchy, but those aren’t realistic words to live by, especially in the workplace. So on today’s episode, we’re getting over our DIY mindsets and learning how to build trust at work — and how to fix breakdowns in trust. Our very own Coach Larry Seal is here to walk us through how he coaches employees and executives alike to build a more trusting environment at work, and comedian/podcaster Doug Mand gives us his top five tips for following good etiquette in the bathrooms at work. And, as always, Liz and Matt help out some listeners: Veronica’s boss consistently wants to see the methodology behind her technical work, and Amber’s caught wondering if she should stay at her job while she and her husband are planning to start a family.

Hear more from Doug at “Doodie Calls."


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May 28, 2018
Negotiating For Yourself
00:43:46

One of the most nerve-racking things you can do is walk into your boss's office and say, "I want a raise." So on today's episode, we've covered the bases on how to negotiate for yourself at work. Coach Larry Seal teaches us what to say — and what not to say — when you present your case for a promotion or a raise, and David Brown, host of the podcast "Business Wars," talks about how one negotiation completely changed the fate of Monster (the cable-manufacturing company, not the energy drink). Plus, Liz and Matt help some listeners too: Charles wants to ask for a raise but his company's financial situation has him holding back, and we invite Dr. Steve Dansiger, an author and licensed marriage and family therapist, to help us with a question that's been on our minds since Episode 6, "Talking Happiness"

You can hear more from David Brown and "Business Wars" by searching for the show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you're hearing/reading this right now.

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May 21, 2018
First Jobs
00:43:35

No matter where you are now, or where you want your career to move in the future, we all had to start somewhere. And on today's show, we're talking about our humble beginnings and the lessons we learned from them. Liz and Matt share their memories of their first gigs, and then we're joined by writer Pat Cunnane, whose new book, "West Winging It: An Un-Presidential Memoir," covers his first real job: working at the White House. Then, we help some listeners: a morale-boosting award is backfiring at Jessica's office, and Shawn's struggling to hit an accuracy metric. And we debate those eternal workplace questions in today's iteration of "Mind the Gap."

Find out more about Pat and his book, "West Winging It," here: http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/West-Winging-It/Pat-Cunnane/9781501178290


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May 14, 2018
Funding Your Next Big Move
00:39:16

Managing your finances can be one of the most difficult, stressful parts of being a human being. So when you tie it to work — another complicated aspect of existence — things can get overwhelming rather easily. So for today’s episode, we got multiple experts to walk us through the best ways to make your money work for you. First up is Jean Chatzky, author and finance editor for The Today Show, who answers some of the most common questions people have about money, work, and life, like, “When do I start investing in my side hustle,” or “Should I take out a loan to get an advanced degree for my career?” Then, Shannah Game, host of the Millennial Money podcast, joins us to give us her top 5 tips for maintaining your finances as you age. And we help some listeners, too: Heather wants to impress during salary negotiations, and Elaine’s not happy with how her remote gig is playing out.

Find out more about Jean’s books and podcast at her website: https://www.jeanchatzky.com/

And you can learn more about Shannah and Millennial Money at her website: http://www.yourmillennialmoney.com/


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May 07, 2018
Giving and Getting Advice - Live!
00:44:29

For today’s episode, we’re coming to you live from the LA Times Festival of Books. And since we’re an advice podcast, we thought we’d talk about... well, advice; from learning how to give good advice, to figuring out which advice is good and which is not so good (spoiler: we’ve got the good stuff). Steve Almond, co-host of the Dear Sugars podcast, joins us to talk about how he got into the world of advice, and how giving advice has changed the way he takes advice from other people. Then, Matt and Liz get some personal tips from Liz’s sister and Satellite Sisters co-host, Lian Dolan, and author/comedian Sara Benincasa gives her advice on how to harness your friends’ experience to make your own “security council.”

You can find episodes of Dear Sugars here: http://www.wbur.org/dearsugar

Learn more about Sara’s most recent book, “Real Authors Have Day Jobs,” on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Real-Artists-Have-Day-Jobs/dp/0062369814

And you can read more from Lian at her website: http://www.liandolan.com/


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Apr 30, 2018
Less Stress
00:39:07

Even if you love your job, work can be the most stressful part of your day — from deadlines and meetings, to angry customers and clients, there are countless stressors we all face at work. So on today’s episode, Liz and Matt go over their tips for dealing with stress in the workplace. Later in the show, Tal Rabinowitz joins us to explain why she left her role at NBC to start a meditation studio, and how meditation might be the easiest thing you can do to unwind at work. Plus, we help some listeners who are super stressed about work: Juliet’s worried that her vindictive boss will derail her career, and Cathy’s trying to be loyal to a failing company. And we get more hard-earned wisdom from ZipRecruiter in this episode’s iteration of ZipTips.

To find out more about Tal and her meditation studio, visit their website at https://denmeditation.com/


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Apr 23, 2018
Talking Happiness with Gretchen Rubin
00:42:59

We talk a lot about all sorts of workplace issues on our show, but at the end of the day, we just want to help people find fulfillment and happiness at work. So on today's episode, we're honing in on happiness in the workplace — how to find it, and how to protect it once you've got it. First, Gretchen Rubin, co-host of the podcast "Happier," joins us to talk about the ways she's learned to get along better with her coworkers. Then Liz and Matt help some listeners: Kevin's tired of being the company shrink, and Michelle's so unhappy with her work-life situation that she wants to move to a new town. And we debate more of those burning workplace questions (what exactly is business casual?) in the newest installment of "Mind the Gap."

You can find out more about Gretchen's podcast, "Happier," by going to https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/


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Apr 16, 2018
Working With Family
00:47:10

As both Matt and Liz can tell you, working with your family can be really hard, especially when it comes to separating your "family life" from your "business life." So on today's show, our hosts sit down with Alli Webb and Michael Landau, the sister-brother duo behind DryBar, to talk about how they learned how to work with each other — and how not to work with each other — in their self-created family business. Then we help some listeners, too: Aaron's worried about recommending his sister for a job at his company, while Annie's dealing with a bad case of nepotism at work. And we learn some valuable lessons from the best movie of all time, "The Devil Wears Prada."


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Apr 09, 2018
Best Laid Plans
00:39:44

Some people might try to tell you that life is a chaotic, swirling void in which we're all helpless to the greater powers of the universe...but we're here to tell you that that's not true! You can be proactive and plan for the things that you want in your life, and even if your plans don't go quite as expected, there's something to be said for taking a minute and focusing on what you want and how to get it. So on today's show, Lee Weinstein joins us to talk about how creating a deliberate life plan changed the direction of both his career and his life in general. Then Liz and Matt help out our listeners Margaret — who can't decide between two different job opportunities — and David — who's dealing with an information hoarder at work. And we get some handy career tips from ZipRecruiter's CEO Ian Siegel in our newest segment, ZipTips.

You can find Lee's workbook, "Write, Open, Act," on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Write-Open-Act-Intentional-Planning/dp/0999411802

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Apr 02, 2018
Speaking Up
00:42:37

Speaking up is one of the hardest things to do — especially when it comes to issues at work — but sometimes, it's absolutely necessary. For example, take the Time's Up movement: it's radically changing workplaces for the better, and Kim Masters of The Hollywood Reporter joins us to talk about how Time's Up became such a powerful cultural touchstone. Plus, Liz and Matt help our listeners: Eli is having trouble communicating with his boss, and Margie wants her staff to support one of her favorite employees. And our hosts tackle those eternal workplace issues, like working remote vs. working in the office, in our lightning-fast debate segment, Mind The Gap.


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Mar 26, 2018
Taking Risks with John August
00:44:38

Have you ever wanted to take a big risk in your working life — start a side hustle, go freelance, even change your career path — but couldn't quite get past the anxiety? It's okay, making a change is scary! On this episode, screenwriter-turned-author John August talks about how he embraced risk to write his new children's book, "Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire," and he gives his tips for learning to enjoy, not fear, doing something new. Liz and Matt help our listener Heidi, whose company doesn't view her freelance experience as relevant, and our listener Elizabeth thinks it might be time to leave her job. And an old friend of the show joins us with his sage advice on how to tell your boss that you're in over your head at work.

You can find John August's podcast, "Launch," right here on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/launch/id1319436103?mt=2

If you have a burning workplace question and you need some advice, we'd love to hear from you. Send us an email at Safe@Wondery.com, or leave us a voicemail at 424-224-5711.


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Mar 19, 2018
First Days with Rainn Wilson
00:42:01

It's our first day on the job at Safe For Work, so we got Rainn Wilson (“The Office”) to tell us about his worst early work experiences, plus how he'd respond if Dwight Schrute were his coworker. Also, we talk to our first callers: Sarah's moving for a new job and wants to know how to make the best first impression at her new gig. And Matt and Liz speak to a listener who's been getting feedback about her less-than-professional demeanor in the office. Finally, Matt and Liz listen to some classic moments from “The Office” looking for laughs and real-life work lessons.

If you have a burning workplace question and you need some advice, we'd love to hear from you. Send us an email at Safe@Wondery.com, or leave us a voicemail at 424-224-5711.


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Mar 19, 2018
Introducing Safe For Work
00:01:57

Safe For Work premieres on March 19th

Mar 06, 2018