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Life at work can be funny, challenging, ridiculous, and -- yes, even satisfying. Here at Safe For Work, we're all about helping you find balance and happiness in your career. After all, many of us spend more time with our co-workers and clients than with our friends and family. Hosts Liz Dolan and Rico Gagliano give advice on everything from how to avoid burnout on the job to how to fake an illness when you're calling in sick. We also talk to experts about those moments at the office that can challenge the best of us: negotiating raises, knowing when it’s time to move on...or dealing with that annoying office mate with no boundaries. From Wondery, the network behind Business Wars, Safe For Work is helpful career advice that's lively and fun, just like your work life should be. In every episode, Liz and Rico talks with callers, business leaders and noted know-it-alls who share their hard-earned wisdom from the trenches. Liz Dolan is the former head of marketing at Nike, The Oprah Winfrey Network and National Geographic and host of the podcast Satellite Sisters. Rico Gagliano is a contributor to The Wall Street Journal, former host of podcast Dinner Party Download, reporter on the public radio show Marketplace, and co-author of BRUNCH IS HELL.

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We’ve talked a lot on the show about ways to stay sane as a remote worker, but managing a remote team is a whole different animal. So we’ve called on David Deacon, author of “The Self Determined Manager: A Manifesto for Exceptional People Managers,” to shed light on how bosses can help their employees feel like part of the team, even from halfway around the world. Then, Liz and Rico will chat with listener Jenn, who just stepped into a new role at her company, but can’t escape her terrible boss. And we hear from listener Stephanie, who’s been building up her side hustle and wants some advice on how to inject that gig into her resume. Finally, Liz and Rico talk to listener Sarah, who wants to know how to get job security at a cannabis startup where she’s been dubbed “Wonder Woman” for her impressive job skills. As always, if you've got a burning workplace question and need some advice, don't hesitate to send us an email (that email, unsurprisingly, is also Safe@Wondery.com). You can also find us on Twitter, we’re @SafeFor Work. Don't forget to follow our sage hosts on Twitter, too; they're @SSLiz and @RicoGagliano. And if you want to check out Liz’s other show, Satellite Sisters, you can find it on Apple Podcasts or Art19.You can hear ad-free new episodes of Safe For Work plus our full archive, also completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code ‘WONDERY’.
Regular SFW listeners may recall a tale of Rico’s, where he suddenly quit a less-than-ideal video store gig by hurling a bag of popcorn to the floor and storming out. We can all agree that’s not the best way to exit a job. But what can we learn from people who leave their jobs in a blaze of glory? For some insight, we hear from Refinery29 career and personal finance writer Ludmila Leiva, who recently wrote an article about “rage quitting.” Then we’ll hear from listener Lisa, who asked a recruiter for a certain salary range, but realized she asked for too little and wants to take it back. And listener Michael wants to quit his toxic company, but has too many variables keeping him there. He gets some advice on how to deal.Finally, Liz and Rico speak to listener Jen, who’s perfectly happy with her position, but would like to know the best way to respectfully decline a promotion, while still looking like a team player. Jen also shares how she’s on-track to retire at 50!As always, if you've got a burning workplace question and need some advice, don't hesitate to send us an email (that email, unsurprisingly, is also Safe@Wondery.com). You can also find us on Twitter, we’re @SafeFor Work. Don't forget to follow our sage hosts on Twitter, too; they're @SSLiz and @RicoGagliano. And if you want to check out Liz’s other show, Satellite Sisters, you can find it on Apple Podcasts or Art19.
Heroes, villains, action... all set in a galaxy far, far away. Join Inside Star Wars and go behind the camera and find out how one of the most iconic series in film history came to be. Listen now at: http://wondery.fm/ISWED
We’re celebrating a big birthday today on Safe For Work with our own Coach Larry Seal! And he’s decided to party with us by offering some classic SFW advice to a listener who’s tried everything in our playbook to get her boss to delegate: A.K.A. What to do when you can’t trick your bad boss into thinking the solution is their idea.Then Liz and Rico chat with a woman who’s having a hard time staying afloat at work because of a lack of direction from management. And in this week’s Work Pop segment, we’re looking into one of Liz’s favorite shows, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, to see what the beloved sitcom has to teach us about office boundaries. Noice! Last but not least, we’ll hear from listener Jaime who’s got some questions about how to deal with her frustrating boss, and whether she should consider taking on her old job. As always, if you've got a burning workplace question and need some advice, don't hesitate to send us an email (that email, unsurprisingly, is also Safe@Wondery.com). You can also find us on Twitter, we’re @SafeFor Work. Don't forget to follow our sage hosts on Twitter, too; they're @SSLiz and @RicoGagliano. And if you want to check out Liz’s other show, Satellite Sisters, you can find it on Apple Podcasts or Art19.
If there’s one issue dominating our topics of conversation on the show, except possibly how to ask for a raise, it’s how to achieve that mythical zen goal of perfect work/life balance. But today’s guest, work environment sociologist and author Tracy Brower, says we’re thinking about work/life balance all wrong. She explained her opposition to the popular term in a recent Fast Company magazine article, and joins Liz and Rico for a rundown of her approach to making our professions and personal lives gel.Then, we’re hearing from listener Mindy, who’s deciding whether to confront the terrible boss who almost fired her. And in this week’s Bad Advice segment, we’re digging into some job search tips you should avoid. Cover letters matter, people!Finally, listener Fiona chats with Liz and Rico about a SFW favorite topic: taking time off from work.  As always, if you've got a burning workplace question and need some advice, don't hesitate to send us an email (that email, unsurprisingly, is also Safe@Wondery.com). You can also find us on Twitter, we’re @SafeFor Work. Don't forget to follow our sage hosts on Twitter, too; they're @SSLiz and @RicoGagliano. And if you want to check out Liz’s other show, Satellite Sisters, you can find it on Apple Podcasts or Art19.
Life is Short with Justin Long finds the actor sitting down with some of the funniest and most intriguing people of today, like Dax Shepard, Olivia Wilde and Neil Patrick Harris. No topics are out of bounds, and no questions are too personal. So things might get a little NSFW!Subscribe to Life is Short with Justin Long and start listening at wondery.fm/lifeisshort
We’ve received countless calls and emails about ineffective leaders and annoying colleagues. So in order to better handle the bad seed(s) in the office, we’re turning to award-winning author and management science and engineering professor at Stanford, Bob Sutton. He’s here to tell us how to deal with co-workers who just “gunk up” the workplace and slow everything down, and why being passive-aggressive isn’t always a bad tactic.  Then, we’ll hear from listener Brenda who’s afraid of falling off a “glass cliff,” and suspects she’s only being considered for new jobs as a diversity hire. And in this week’s game of Lingo Bingo, we “go forward” to some exasperating examples of office jargon.Last but not least, listener Michel can’t seem to shake his former employer, who has even threatened Michel with a lawsuit to stop him from moving on.As always, if you've got a burning workplace question and need some advice, don't hesitate to send us an email (that email, unsurprisingly, is also Safe@Wondery.com). You can also find us on Twitter, we’re @SafeFor Work. Don't forget to follow our sage hosts on Twitter, too; they're @SSLiz and @RicoGagliano. And if you want to check out Liz’s other show, Satellite Sisters, you can find it on Apple Podcasts or Art19.
If you’re one of the many who shudder at the thought of public speaking, we’re here for you! Today’s episode is chock-full of tips to put the kibosh on work presentation nerves. For more on that, Liz and Rico chat with Matt Rossin, a trainer with Jack E. Rossin Presentation Skills Training in Boston. He’s sharing some practical and surprising ways to kill it the next time you’re in front of an audience.Then listener Jeff feels like he’s achieved as much as he can at his job, but is hesitant to leave a great work environment in search of a more challenging position. Liz and Rico advise Jeff on how to decide whether he should pursue more. And in this week’s Work Pop, we’ll see what we can learn from the late-great TV mockumentary, “Parks and Recreation,” about the perils of hiring family.Finally, we hear from listener Teresa, who has been tasked with whittling down and rebuilding her company’s diversity committee, and needs some concrete steps on where to start.As always, if you've got a burning workplace question and need some advice, don't hesitate to send us an email (that email, unsurprisingly, is also Safe@Wondery.com). You can also find us on Twitter, we’re @SafeFor Work. Don't forget to follow our sage hosts on Twitter, too; they're @SSLiz and @RicoGagliano. And if you want to check out Liz’s other show, Satellite Sisters, you can find it on Apple Podcasts or Art19.
So here’s one of the biggest catch-22’s for job seekers: You’re desperate for a certain job, but you can’t *seem* like you’re desperate for the job because no one wants to hire someone who seems desperate! Here with some strategies to prepare for that, along with many other job-interview pitfalls, is Kit Warchol. She’s a writer, consultant and the former executive director of Career Contessa, a site for women making mid-career transitions. Then, we’ll hear from listener Matt who’s worried a new employer won’t be willing to accomodate his standing therapy appointment. And in our Work Pop segment, Liz and Rico will get into the 2010 hilarious comedy “The Other Guys,” starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, to parse the perils of open office spaces.  Finally, listener Indigo is struggling at a position where she has nothing to do at work. Liz and Rico discuss why this seemingly enviable job situation is actually the worst, even if you can look at cat videos on YouTube all day.As always, if you've got a burning workplace question and need some advice, don't hesitate to send us an email (that email, unsurprisingly, is also Safe@Wondery.com). You can also find us on Twitter, we’re @SafeFor Work. Don't forget to follow our sage hosts on Twitter, too; they're @SSLiz and @RicoGagliano. And if you want to check out Liz’s other show, Satellite Sisters, you can find it on Apple Podcasts or Art19.Support our show by supporting our sponsors!Audible--Could listening make you a better parent, a better leader, even a better person? Could listening to motivating fitness programs get you fit? Could listening inspire you to start something new? There’s never been a better time to start listening...on Audible. Audible members can choose 3 titles every month: one audiobook and two Audible Originals you can’t hear anywhere else. And Audible members get access to exclusive audio fitness programs. You’ll also enjoy easy audiobook exchanges, rollover credits, and an audiobook library you keep forever – even if you cancel. Get started with a 30-day trial when you go to audible.com/safe or text SAFE to 500500.
We get a lot of emails from our listeners asking about how much personal information to share at work. Whether it’s about an illness or upcoming weddings, where do you draw the line? Our own Coach Larry Seal is back with some tips on what you should divulge in the office, and when to keep things to yourself.And listener Bob is faced with a tough decision about whether to leave his current job to move closer to family, now that he’s expecting his second child.Then in Lingo Bingo, Liz and Rico discuss a list of commonly used terms that listener Natalie just can’t stand at her fashion gig. “Silou” anyone?Finally, listener Kelly asks Liz and Rico for advice on how to deal with her “superslacker” co-worker.As always, if you've got a burning workplace question and need some advice, don't hesitate to send us an email (that email, unsurprisingly, is also Safe@Wondery.com). You can also find us on Twitter, we’re @SafeFor Work. Don't forget to follow our sage hosts on Twitter, too; they're @SSLiz and @RicoGagliano. And if you want to check out Liz’s other show, Satellite Sisters, you can find it on Apple Podcasts or Art19.Could listening make you a better parent, a better leader, even a better person? Could listening to motivating fitness programs get you fit? Could listening inspire you to start something new? There’s never been a better time to start listening...on Audible. Audible members can choose 3 titles every month: one audiobook and two Audible Originals you can’t hear anywhere else. And Audible members get access to exclusive audio fitness programs. You’ll also enjoy easy audiobook exchanges, rollover credits, and an audiobook library you keep forever – even if you cancel. Get started with a 30-day trial when you go to audible.com/safe or text SAFE to 500500.
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Immaterial

I dont feel like a got any real advice on how to identify potentially bad bosses or solve workplace friction. just being told yes you can ID this, my wife did, isn't helpful. and you just provided even more jargon with greasers and so on. I'm kinda disappointed this is all just very vague

May 13th
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V was here

if you've been there a year, and you still haven't figured out basic things, maybe its you, and not your evil Spanish speaking coworkers.

May 8th
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Kevin BM

Hola Como uso está app

Feb 22nd
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Lily

👍🏻

Jan 28th
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Katie Bach

I am 59 and in my 2nd quarter of College for Behavioral Science. This episode was so timely. After a couple lay-off I just couldn't do the job search again I hit the wall. This is a brand new career for me. PS I am a Sat sisters fan.

Jan 23rd
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Ruben

Just found this podcast by accident. And I love it. And I do have some question I'd love to ask. You guys are awesome! Talk to you soon!!!

Dec 23rd
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Gordon Lam

Ruben 77ggdg

Dec 24th
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Stephanie Wiley

won't forward but would opinions about this app?

Dec 18th
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Teresa

ok the ads are starting to get a little crazy.

Jul 31st
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Courtney H

The workplace conversation you guys talked about in taking risks is exactly what I needed to hear, thank you! I'm going in to work tomorrow so much more focused on solving the problem I have rather than just trying to live with it until I've got less work on my plate enough to deal with it.

Mar 20th
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