Safe For Work

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How do you speak up without bragging? What do you do if your boss takes credit for your idea? Should you use a standing desk or sitting desk? Corporate MVP Liz Dolan and Rico Gagliano (former host of "Dinner Party Download") help you make the big decisions, sort through the small stuff, and get more fulfillment from your work life. Liz is the former head of marketing for Nike, NatGeo, and the Oprah Winfrey Network, while Rico learned about the workplace as a former reporter for Marketplace and a contributor to the Wall Street Journal. Liz and Rico will talk to expert guests and take your calls, will help you find happiness in your work life and answer your burning workplace questions. 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
SFW Live: Embracing unpredictability with Patty McCord
00:40:40

A couple of weeks ago, we had the pleasure of hosting a live Safe For Work taping for Women in Cable Telecommunications at the offices of Boingo Wireless in Los Angeles. There, Liz and Rico talked with Patty McCord, former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix, about how to treat employees like adults, and how interviewing is the most important skill you’ll need for your career. Then, Boingo’s CMO Dawn Callahan gives us her five tips on going with the flow when your career takes an unexpected turn. And we play some Lingo Bingo while we’re at it.


Additional reading:

Find out more about Patty and her book here: http://pattymccord.com/book/


If you've got a burning workplace question and need some advice, don't hesitate to send us an email. You can reach us at Safe@Wondery.com You can also find us on Twitter — we’re @SafeFor Work — and don't forget to follow our sage hosts on Twitter, too; they're @SSLiz and @RicoGagliano.


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Aug 20, 2018
Resumes, cover letters, and interviews, oh my!
00:46:20


On today’s show, Liz and Rico cover the bases on how to make an appealing resume, write a stellar cover letter, and ace your job interview. First, resume and cover letter Ali B. Gant gives us the do’s and dont’s for resumes these days. Then, Ladan Hayes of Career Builder joins us to go over what you should and shouldn’t disclose in a job interview.


Additional reading:


www.fastcompany.com/40587988/should-i-come-out-during-the-hiring-process


www.vpul.upenn.edu/careerservices/affinity/LGBTguide.php


www.fastcompany.com/40456937/heres-everywhere-in-the-u-s-you-can-still-get-fired-for-being-gay-or-trans


www.careerbuilder.com/advice


https://store.thisamericanlife.org/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=RADIO%3AANILLUSTRATEDGUIDE


If you've got a burning workplace question and need some advice, don't hesitate to send us an email. You can reach us at Safe@Wondery.com You can also find us on Twitter — we’re @SafeFor Work — and don't forget to follow our sage hosts on Twitter, too; they're @SSLiz and @RicoGagliano.

Aug 13, 2018
A freelancer’s guide to work-life balance
00:42:22

Coach Larry Seal joins us once again to discuss matters of work-life balance, but today we’re focusing on how to have a healthy relationship with your work...when you’re your own boss. Then, Liz and Rico set the record straight on some bad advice about unpaid internships, and they debate some of the eternal workplace questions, like “how early should you arrive before a job interview,” in today’s Mind the Gap.


If you've got a burning workplace question and need some advice, don't hesitate to send us an email. You can reach us at Safe@Wondery.com You can also find us on Twitter — we’re @SafeFor Work — and don't forget to follow our sage hosts on Twitter, too; they're @SSLiz and @RicoGagliano.


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Aug 06, 2018
Establishing work-life balance
00:41:16

On today's show, Coach Larry Seal gives us his tips for setting boundaries at work when your work-life balance is out of whack, plus how to tell if a workplace encourages a healthy balance between work and the rest of your life. Then, Liz and Rico commiserate over the traumatic experience of watching "Up in the Air," and we help two callers who can't seem to establish good work-life balance.

If you've got a burning workplace question and need some advice, don't hesitate to send us an email! You can reach us at Safe@Wondery.com You can also find us on Twitter — we’re @SafeFor Work — and don't forget to follow our sage hosts on Twitter, too; they're @SSLiz and @RicoGagliano.


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Jul 30, 2018
Introducing Raising The Bar
00:08:21

If you had to risk everything on a great idea, could you do it? We want to introduce you to a new podcast that we know you'll love. Raising The Bar is hosted by siblings and founders of the lifestyle juggernaut DryBar, Alli Webb and Michael Landau. You can listen to the first 3 episodes right now.

Subscribe to Raising The Bar wherever you listen to Safe For Work.

Jul 25, 2018
Gossip at work...can be good?
00:38:02

Okay, let's make this clear from the top: we here at Safe For Work are not staunch supporters of office gossip. From the office politics of peddling secrets, to the ease with which gossip can breed cliques and cabals, there are plenty of pitfalls when it comes to workplace gossip. But on today's episode, Amy Gallo of the Harvard Business Review makes some very compelling points as to why gossip can be...well, good! Then, Liz and Rico rail against the verbiage of the corporate world in today's iteration of Lingo Bingo. And we help some listeners, too: Robin's worried that her job will be the first on the chopping block, while the new hires at Nakita's office are making more than some long-term employees.

If you've got a burning workplace question and need some advice, don't hesitate to shoot us an email! You can reach us at Safe@Wondery.com. And don't forget to follow our sage hosts on Twitter: they're @SSLiz and @RicoGagliano.


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Jul 23, 2018
Meeting a new coworker
00:39:50

Liz and the rest of us here at Safe For Work have a new coworker in our midst — his name is Rico Gagliano, and he’s going to be the new co-host here. And with Rico’s arrival, we were all wondering: what’s the best way to actually get to know a new coworker? So on today’s show, Liz and Rico talk about the things that have worked for them when they’ve been the new kid on the block, as well as their tips for making a new employee on your team feel welcome (hint: bonding at work DOES NOT have to involve ice-breakers). Then we debate those eternal workplace issues — least favorite bit of workplace jargon? — in today’s iteration of Mind the Gap, which spawns a new segment entirely focused on corporate lingo (please email us and share your least favorite work-speak). And we get some wisdom straight from the source of the smart folks at ZipRecruiter.


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Jul 16, 2018
Liz Has a New Co-Host!
00:02:15

Rico Gagliano joins Liz Dolan as the co-host of Safe For Work. We’ll be back with new episodes on July 16th, starring Liz and Rico.

Jul 02, 2018
Surviving toxic coworkers
00:44:31

There are so many kinds of toxic coworkers out there, but on today's show, we're focusing on living with those annoying coworkers that everyone loves to hate: from know-it-alls to the dude in the next cube who simply can't be quiet, these people aren't quite evil...but they sure can be a headache. So our very own Coach Larry Seal joins us to give his survival guide for the annoying coworkers in your office. Then Liz and Matt debate another round of incredibly important workplace questions — like, "Coffee or tea in the morning?" — in today's iteration of Mind the Gap. Plus, we help some listeners: Grace is sick of the "shoot the messenger" culture at her office, while Nicole's coworkers won't stop giving her the cold shoulder.


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Jun 25, 2018
Substance Abuse
00:40:26

We've talked about it on the show before, but it bears repeating that work is super stressful and we all cope with that stress differently. However, there are ways to deal with stress that are healthy and productive, and then there are releases that are unhealthy and dangerous. And when you see a coworker struggling with substance abuse or addiction, what can you actually do? On today's episode, Dr. Stephen Dansiger gives us the steps you can take when you want to help a struggling coworker. Then, Liz and Matt take aim at some dubious résumé advice floating around on Twitter these days. And we help some listeners, too: Leandra's overwhelmed by the prospect of "getting coffee" with too many people, and Michele might have jumped the gun by announcing her plans to leave her company.


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Jun 18, 2018
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