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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’d like to think we have some experience saving our listeners from bad advice. After all, we have a segment that’s literally called “Bad Advice.” But in a SFW twist, we’re gonna chat today with Quinn Cummings, whose job is to actually give what she calls “bad advice.”As a kid, Cummings earned an Oscar nomination for her role in the movie “The Goodbye Girl.” She’s also an author, and now hosts a podcast in which she answers listeners who seek her advice on topics from work, to relationships, to wigs. It’s called “Quinn Cummings Gives Bad Advice,” but we think her advice is pretty good. In that spirit, we’re gonna set her loose on a few listener emails today!Then in this week’s Work Pop segment, we’ll find out what the ABC sitcom “Better Off Ted” can teach us about how NOT to boost company morale. And Liz and Rico advise listener Jennie on how to escape some “golden handcuffs”: where you have it so good, it’s tough to leave your job, no matter how badly you want to hightail it outta there.And last but not least, we’ve got a letter from listener Tamara whose team is making some big demands in their review meetings.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.
Every week, we share inspirational, intimate and disarmingly-unfiltered conversations about living a fully-engaged, fiercely-connected and purpose-drenched life. From iconic world-shakers like Elizabeth Gilbert, Brene Brown, Sir Ken Robinson, Seth Godin and Gretchen Rubin to everyday guests, every story matters. Listen at wondery.fm/SafeforWorkGLP
We don’t wanna seem cynical, but we think future generations might be able to call this period of history The Age Of Disillusionment: where we’re constantly disappointed by and losing faith in all sorts of institutions and leaders. Especially in business, where it’s easy to feel increasingly like nice guys finish last.But we don’t believe that has to be true. Here to tell us how nice leaders are actually GOOD for business is Marcel Schwantes. Schwantes is a speaker, executive coach, podcaster, and columnist. He is also the host of Love In Action podcast and has some ideas on how to be the best nice leaders we can be.Then Liz and Rico will chat with listener Jason who feels like he’s not getting paid enough, compared to some new hires at his company. Later, in this weeks’ Work Pop, we’ll revisit the NBC show 30 Rock, for some insight on the value of mentor / mentee relationships. And finally, we’ll hear from listener Jen, who has been eyeing an elusive promotion.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.
Work Smarter, Not Harder

Work Smarter, Not Harder

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We get a lot of questions from folks about how to quit a difficult or stressful job. But perhaps our favorite task here is to help you become better and more efficient at your current gig--so maybe you won’t have to quit, or resort to anxiety meds.And to that end, Liz and Rico are talking to one of their favorite guests: Morten T. Hansen. Hansen is a management professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of the book, “Great at Work.” He’s here to explain a research-based list of “work smarter practices,” including shaking things up at meetings.Then, in this week’s Bad Advice segment, Liz and Rico parse whether a knock ‘em dead interview performance really matters.And later, listener Michelle gets some solace from Liz and Rico, and some strategies on how to deal with a nightmare of a supervisor in her Ph.D. program.Finally, we’ll hear from listener Kate who’s thanking us for getting her more money at work! And with her permission, here’s the letter that got her that salary bump (all names have been removed to protect the innocent ;) !Hi, XX. To follow up with our conversation this morning about my contract, I wanted to lay out what I’m thinking for you since I know you’ll have to take my request up the chain to get an answer.I am asking if there is any flexibility regarding the salary amount that was offered. I’m assuming that $XX is the standard salary that is offered to recent college graduates at XX, but I feel that my skills, work experience, and accomplishments are worth more than a typical college graduate just entering the workforce.My prior work experience with helping to make decisions at XX and my experience there and at XX is particularly helpful in this position since I’m already familiar with the flow of business operations and common applications many of our clients use, and I understand where they’re coming from when they approach us with questions or needing assistance. I’ve also demonstrated strong leadership skills both in my personal and professional life, but also recently with the different things I’ve been involved with at XX. I served as Vice President of the XX there, and will be President of the XX chapter this fall... As you know, I ran that XX program there this past season, and it was a great success – we won the XX award, I think for the very first time. In December I’ll be graduating at the very top of my class with honors.We’re putting this contract in place pretty early. In seven months when this contract goes into effect I will have worked here for a full year, and will be even more valuable to the firm than I am now. I’ll be very familiar with the flow of information and will have completed all of the trainings available. I think that puts me in a different category than most new hires. Everyone I’ve spoken with for career advice in school tells me that the starting salary for XX students after graduation is in the $XX range. I imagine that is more typical for the larger [companies] so I’m not surprised that XX’s normal starting salary is lower than that, but I was hoping for an offer that was in the higher range because of my experience, skills, and accomplishments.I love everything about working at XX. I can tell that it’s a [company] that truly cares about both its clients and employees. I’ve been impressed with all of the departments I’ve worked with from HR to training, to my manager/partner and coworkers. I’ve done well here so far, and I expect to perform even better once my attention is no longer split between working here and managing a full load of classes & school responsibilities. I’m ambitious and I do good work, so I expect to hit the ground running in January. I want to make sure my salary reflects that, so I hope the firm will consider starting me at a higher salary.  For more on the ins and outs of negotiating for what you want, listen to our episode on all things salary related here.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.
We at SFW understand the allure of entrepreneurship. You get to be your own boss, be creative and call the shots when it comes to your business. BUT we also know that it involves a lot of sleepless nights and juggling multiple gigs, either in the transition from one business to the next, or balancing your day job with your side hustle. So joining us today is Shaan Patel, an entrepreneur, founder of the SAT and ACT prep course, Prep Expert, and a “Shark Tank” winner. Patel is here to share his experience figuring out how to make his entrepreneurial idea a reality, even after some pretty harsh rejections.Then, listener Mark wants to know the best way to deal with a colleague who he doesn’t exactly get along with. And in this week’s Lingo Bingo segment, and debating whether getting someone’s “eyeballs” on your work is too strong of a visual for the office.And later, listener Jennifer asks Liz and Rico the best way to stay on her boss’s radar for a promotion.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.
The world is full of quitters. And we mean that literally! Everyone gets around to quitting, probably multiple times in a career. In keeping with that theme, our show today is all about calls from listeners who are planning to escape, or already have escaped some horrible work situations!First, listener Doris, has been trying to walk away from her job for a while, but wants to know if she should finally take the plunge. Then, listener Jennifer shares our favorite kind of story, one that involves a SFW episode prompting her to leave a bad situation! Cue Liz and Rico patting each other on the back. Later, we’ll hear from listener Scott, calling on behalf of his wife, who wants to say “goodbye” to a toxic work situation. And last but not least, Liz and Rico read an email from listener Jonathan, who’s wrestling with a bad performance review, and wants to know if he should start over, or stay where he is and try to get his reputation in better shape.  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 common refrain when people give career advice, it’s something like: “Do what you’re passionate about.” But that advice may be way too simple, and may actually do more harm than good. To find out more about how passion plays into our career choices, Liz and Rico reach out to Morten Hansen, a management professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of the book, “Great At Work.”  Then, Liz and Rico chat with listener Diane, who’s in the same boat as a lot of people out there, wondering whether there’s room to grow at her workplace. And in this week’s Bad Advice segment, we’ll discuss the concept of #NoFilter: sharing exactly what’s on your mind to your coworker, supervisor or boss, without tact or forethought about the consequences of not using a personal filter.And later, we’ll hear from listener Carolyn, all the way from Belgium, who doesn’t quite know how to bring up the physical ailment of PMDD to her boss.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.
Our bread and butter on this show is giving advice to folks who are dealing with… let’s call it less-than-ideal boss situations. And we often tell people that to resolve these conflicts, it usually involves having to actually talk to the boss about it.But we’re well aware those can be tricky conversations, and it’s easier said than done. So here with some tips to approach it is Joseph Grenny. He’s a four-time New York Times bestselling author and a leading social scientist for business performance. Grenny also conducted a study called “Open Secrets” that explores dealing with this sort of conflict.  Then, Liz and Rico chat with listener Connie who’s been pegged as a sort of Renaissance woman in her current position, but wants to know how to market her skills for a new gig. For more resume tips, listen to our conversation with master resume writer Emily Kapit. And in this week’s Mind the Gap segment, we discuss the wisdom of friending colleagues online. It’s a big decision!Finally, first-time supervisor Anna calls in with the age-old question of how to know if you’re hiring the right person. Check out our episode on interviewing best practices here.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 pretty much every week, we field questions from people who have problems with work colleagues who are mean, gossipy, backstabby… all that good stuff. And because you listeners obviously have the good taste to download our show, we’re inclined to believe you are 100 percent perfect, and your workmates are indeed 100 percent lame.But sometimes, when you have friction with other employees, the problem may be you. And here to talk about how to recognize that, and what to do about it, is our friend Kat Boogaard. Boogaard is a Wisconsin-based freelance writer, mainly covering topics related to careers and freelancing. Then, in this week’s Mind the Gap segment, Rico and Liz are hashing it out over some weird office space quirks, including what to do when you’re colleague cuts their nails in your shared workspace (yes, it happens!). And later, we hear a letter from an anonymous listener who’s having some trouble with a co-worker’s irksome questions about her ethnicity.Last but not least, listener Amanda calls in for some advice on how to handle her micromanager of a boss.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.
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I Hope Someone Relates

Feel for the woman in the position with her boss's sister. In the SAME situation with a cousin of my boss. After 4 meetings, still no change. So... on job market.

Oct 7th
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I Hope Someone Relates

Prison break!!!!! I can totally relate to that man at the end. I am twins with that guy!!!

Oct 4th
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Kita Hall

It sounds like this woman just wanted to vent. She sounds paranoid too. I had to skip through her section. If you don't know the basics then put in the extra time/effort to get the basics dummy.

Oct 3rd
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Jay Krissy

I wanted to do my MS in emergency management.. Preya..should try applying to FEMA

Aug 28th
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Jay Krissy

5 in 5👍👍

Aug 21st
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darnell henry

unsubscribe

Aug 5th
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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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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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