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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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Accepting Feedback Gracefully
Receiving constructive criticism can be easy in theory, but tough in practice. For some tips on how to take advantage of feedback, Liz and Rico speak to Wisconsin-based freelance writer Kat Boogaard, whose preferred topics include career and self-development. Kat will reveal ways to get through those tough conversations and thrive, instead of just gritting your teeth and bearing it. Then, we’ll hear from listener Emilie, who’s having some trouble figuring out how to give feedback to her indecisive manager. And Liz and Rico will debate whether it’s acceptable to cry at work in this week’s Bad Advice segment.Finally, in our latest segment of You Get Paid To Do What? Liz and Rico will hear from Alexis Fraser, A.K.A. Lipstick Lex. Lex is a Florida-based artist who uses “kiss prints” to create her colorful paintings. In other words, she applies lipstick in tons of different colors, then kisses a canvas to create portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Steven Tyler and other works of art. Check out Lex’s Instagram for some stunning visuals of her unusual technique.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 also find new episodes of Safe For Work, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code WONDERY.
Bouncing Back From Failure
Failure is often seen as something negative, but it’s not always a bad thing. When one door closes, another opens. Or, if you’re like television and film producer Nina Jacobson, you make your own door, so to speak. Jacobson’s credits include The Hunger Games and Crazy Rich Asians. But she was also fired as a Walt Disney Company studio exec more than a decade ago. In this episode, Jacobson will talk about what she learned from her own failures to become the success she is today. Then, Liz and Rico give will give some advice to listener Nicole, who’s trying to juggle her new role as a “middle manager.” In other words, she’s managing others while working under her own boss. We’ll also hear from listener Dustin, who feels out of place among his more privileged colleagues. And in this week’s Mind the Gap segment, Liz and Rico will tackle hypothetical workplace situations, like whether you should stick your hand in that communal candy bowl on your colleague’s desk.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 also find new episodes of Safe For Work, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code WONDERY.

Bouncing Back From Failure

2019-03-1100:43:125

The Art Of Office Space Intervention
Decluttering isn’t a new concept. But it seems like the war on clutter is especially intense at the moment, thanks to Marie Kondo and others who are taking messy spaces by storm. In this episode, we’ll talk to author Gretchen Rubin about her new book, Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness. Liz will ask Gretchen for an “office space intervention” (goodbye old power cords!) and discuss whether decluttering actually makes you more productive. Then, Liz and Rico speak to listener Robin, a teacher in Utah experiencing “compassion fatigue” after trying to be everything for her students. And in our Work Pop segment, we’ll look back on the ‘90s HBO classic, Mr. Show. Last but not least, in ongoing effort to bring you stories from people who’ve made some big changes in their work life, we’ll speak to digital strategist Candice Kilpatrick, who went from being laid off in New York to head editor for a “space lifestyle” magazine. Yes, that’s a thing.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, and 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.
Finding Security & Conquering Unhealthy Attachment Styles
Elizabeth Grace Saunders, author and time management coach, joins us to explain how our attachment styles -- that is, a subconscious attunement that we’ve developed over the course of our lives, and that often dictates how we impulsively react to events around us -- can provide insight into our stumbling blocks at work, and how understanding your attachment style can make your work-life happier and more fulfilling. Then, we help two listeners who are struggling with those pesky, ever-annoying job titles: Lee’s trying to negotiate a new title after only a few months at his company, while Gary’s been saddled with a weird, company-specific title that’s less impressive than his workload would dictate. And Liz and Rico decide whether or not “don’t take it personally, it’s just business” is Bad Advice.You can read Elizabeth’s article on attachment styles here in The New York Times, and learn more about her time management coaching at her website.If, like Erin, you have a story about a standout element of your commute, olfactory or otherwise, then we wanna hear from you! Leave us a voicemail at 424-224-5711, or send us an email at Safe@Wondery.com. And 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, and 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.
“Modern Elders” And Making Age An Asset At Work
Chip Conley, entrepreneur and author of the book Wisdom @ Work: The Making of a Modern Elder, joins us to discuss how we can fight against ageism in the workplace by reconsidering what it means to be, or to work with, an “elder.” Chip tells us about how his time as a mentor/intern (or as he calls it, a “mentern”) at Airbnb shaped how he approaches his younger colleagues, and how embracing and celebrating the wisdom one gains with age is crucial for older workers in today’s workplace. Then, Liz and Rico help a listener who’s looking for a new job in their mid-60s, and we talk with Karen Whitehead, who went back to school in her mid-40s to facilitate a dramatic career change. And finally, a Safe For Work listener shares a very NOT safe for work story about changing in the first-floor bathroom.If you have a “not safe for work” story that you want to share (you know, something that you’ll never forget, and you still can’t believe it even happened at your office), then we want to hear from you! Leave us a voicemail at 424-224-5711, or send us an email at Safe@Wondery.com. And 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, and 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.
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Kevin BM

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Feb 22nd
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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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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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