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Safe For Work

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Safe For Work

Safe For Work

Wondery

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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.

Latest Episodes

Wondry Presents Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment

When we face challenges in life, we seek answers from people we believe can help us. When tragedy strikes an exclusive retreat with a self-help superstar, many people are left to wonder: how far is too far? James Arthur Ray was an Oprah-endorsed self-help teacher who achieved fame, fortune, and influence. But friends and family members of his followers questioned his unorthodox methods, and tried to stop him. From Wondery, the makers of “Dirty John,” “Dr. Death,” and “The Shrink Next Door,” comes a story about the dark side of enlightenment. Hosted by journalist Matt Stroud. Listentoday atwondery.fm/safeforwork_guru.

6 MIN1 w ago
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Wondry Presents Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment

Wondery Presents: Murder in Hollywoodland

It's February 2nd 1922, and all of Hollywood is about to wake up and learn that William Desmond Taylor, the most famous film director in town, was murdered in his home last night. The investigation will shine a light on some of Hollywood's most scandalous affairs, backroom deals, and underground drug dens. This real life Murder Mystery is one of the most iconic "whodunnit" cases of the 20th century that will leave you guessing and second guessing who killed William Desmond Taylor for weeks to come. Co-hosted by Tracy Pattin & James Remar Listen to Murder in Hollywoodland:wondery.fm/safeforworkMiH.

4 MIN3 w ago
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Wondery Presents: Murder in Hollywoodland

Liz Dolan Provides Workplace Advice on Satellite Sisters

Satellite Sisters'Liz Dolan answers listener work and workplace questions.Ageism.Safety.Leadership.We tackle your issues every week in‘Working It Out". Resources mentioned during Liz's Satellite Sisters Working It Out segment: Time Magazine article: Scared To Return To Work Amid Coronavirus? Your Options Forbes Magazine: Planning For Early Retirement The Unemployment Rate Among Older Adults: What to do if you lose your job For concerns about discrimination or workplace safety. also seek out your state contacts for OSHA and National Labor Relations Board and speak to your union if you are represented by one. We also recommend this episode ofKatie Couric's podcast that features an interview with Shake Shack's Danny Meyersand this Fresh Air episode with Tim Colicchio. Lian and Liz both have new quarantine habits. Liz even has a slogan. Stop The Slide. Lian has high praise forMindy Kaling's new Netflix show Never Have I Ever. Special shout-out for surprise John McEnroe stunt casting. B...

63 MINMAY 26
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Liz Dolan Provides Workplace Advice on Satellite Sisters

Encore: Finding Out of Office Inspiration

A few weeks back on the show, we were talking with our own Coach Larry about what to do if you base your entire identity on your job. Which unsurprisingly, is NOT the healthiest way to live. One piece of Larry’s advice was to make sure there’s “something else” in your life other than work, including creative pursuits. But how do you work an extra passion project into your busy schedule? And what if you don’t even think of yourself as especially creative? Today’s guest Laura M. Holson has some ideas. She’s a longtime writer for The New York Times and authored the article, “Forget a Fast Car, Creativity Is The New Midlife Crisis Cure.” Holson also started “The BOX Sessions,” a “creative gathering” that will happen in February 2020. Holson shares her personal story of finding creativity (and a knack for doing voice-overs), as well as some tips for starting a creative journey when you’re strapped for time. Then we’ll hear from listener Steven, who spends Monday through Fr...

39 MINAPR 27
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Encore: Finding Out of Office Inspiration

Encore: How to Work Smarter Without Working Harder

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 ...

32 MINAPR 20
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Encore: How to Work Smarter Without Working Harder

Encore: Staying Connected to Your Team Outside of the Office

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. If you’d like to keep in touch, tag @SafeForWork on Twitter. And if you’d like to stay connected to the SFW team, you can follow our sage hosts on social media; Fin...

33 MINAPR 13
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Encore: Staying Connected to Your Team Outside of the Office

Encore: Keeping Sane in Your Home Office

Kat Boogaard, staff writer at The Muse, joins us to talk about the surprisingly challenging aspects of working from home, plus she gives us her tips on how to tell if you’re the kind of person who could responsibly handle working remotely (if you have a predilection for watching Vine compilations on Youtube, working in an office might be better for you). Then, Liz and Rico help listeners Samantha, whose new job is being ruined by major changes at her company, and Amanda, who’s struggling to connect with her coworkers at her office in China. And we debate company cards, staying late, and calling your boss on vacation in today’s Mind the Gap. You can read more of Kat’s writing on freelancing, working remote, and all sorts of topics at her website: https://katboogaard.com/ If you’d like to keep in touch, tag @SafeForWork on Twitter. And if you’d like to stay connected to the SFW team, you can follow our sage hosts on social media; Find Liz on Twitter @SSLiz. Rico is @RicoGagliano...

37 MINAPR 6
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Encore: Keeping Sane in Your Home Office

Safe For Work Signs-Off

It’s that time, dear listeners. We’ve reached the end of Safe for Work. And for the record, we have loved every minute of making this podcast! In the interest of social distancing, Liz and Rico are coming to you for this last show from their remote corners of Los Angeles. But that doesn’t mean they won’t have their usual SFW flair. Speaking of flair, Rico finally got Liz to watch his (and America’s) favorite workplace movie.... Yes, we’re talking about Office Space. We’ll hear Liz’s review and Rico’s impression of Milton for our final Work Pop installment. Then, Liz and Rico revisit some memorable callers, starting with Gabriel, who reached out to us about whether to put BDSM event planning and training gigs on his otherwise run-of-the-mill resume. Our second caller on the list is Dustin, a construction worker turned architect who felt out of place among his more privileged colleagues. And last but certainly not least, we are revisiting a call from the rather hilarious Sara...

38 MINMAR 30
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Safe For Work Signs-Off

Team Building in Uncertain Times

Since you last heard from us (a mere week ago), office culture has, changed, shall we say. The SFW team is all doing well, under the circumstances. And if you’re in your respective corners like us, and would like some advice on how to make working from home… well, work… from home... may we suggest listening to our episodes, “The Secret to Managing Your Remote Team” and “How to Stay Sane When You’re Working From Home.” Today we’re gonna talk a little bit about how COVID-19 is affecting the state of work. But then, in a sharp left turn, we have something much more fun planned. We’ve invited back some of our favorite callers to get an update on how they’re doing! First up is listener Elyse, who called back in August of last year. Elyse “caught feelings” for a man in Denmark and wanted to know what her options were to work in that country. We check back in to see how that love affair is, or isn’t working out. Then, Liz and Rico catch up with listener Steven, who called bac...

39 MINMAR 23
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Team Building in Uncertain Times

The Pros and Cons of Being A Contractor

The SFW staff is pretty familiar with freelance life. Rico’s worked in media for most of his career. And for much of that, he’s been a freelance contractor. Liz has spent a lot of time in the 9 to 5 of the corporate world, but she is now an independent consultant and media worker. And they’re not alone. According to a 2018 poll from NPR and Marist, one in five Americans is freelancing. Seeing as everyone on this show is going to be moving on to new, probably freelance gigs in the very near future, we thought we’d all talk about it. Joining Liz and Rico today is SFW producer and avid freelancer Audrey Ngo, for a roundtable discussion on the pros and cons of the contractor world. Later, listener Karson is weighing whether he should leave a job he loves that doesn’t pay well, or get more money at a new position in a toxic work environment. And in this week’s Work Pop, Liz and Rico hear a clip from the AMC show, “Better Call Saul” and talk about whether an interview can really r...

36 MINMAR 16
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The Pros and Cons of Being A Contractor

Latest Episodes

Wondry Presents Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment

When we face challenges in life, we seek answers from people we believe can help us. When tragedy strikes an exclusive retreat with a self-help superstar, many people are left to wonder: how far is too far? James Arthur Ray was an Oprah-endorsed self-help teacher who achieved fame, fortune, and influence. But friends and family members of his followers questioned his unorthodox methods, and tried to stop him. From Wondery, the makers of “Dirty John,” “Dr. Death,” and “The Shrink Next Door,” comes a story about the dark side of enlightenment. Hosted by journalist Matt Stroud. Listentoday atwondery.fm/safeforwork_guru.

6 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Wondry Presents Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment

Wondery Presents: Murder in Hollywoodland

It's February 2nd 1922, and all of Hollywood is about to wake up and learn that William Desmond Taylor, the most famous film director in town, was murdered in his home last night. The investigation will shine a light on some of Hollywood's most scandalous affairs, backroom deals, and underground drug dens. This real life Murder Mystery is one of the most iconic "whodunnit" cases of the 20th century that will leave you guessing and second guessing who killed William Desmond Taylor for weeks to come. Co-hosted by Tracy Pattin & James Remar Listen to Murder in Hollywoodland:wondery.fm/safeforworkMiH.

4 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Wondery Presents: Murder in Hollywoodland

Liz Dolan Provides Workplace Advice on Satellite Sisters

Satellite Sisters'Liz Dolan answers listener work and workplace questions.Ageism.Safety.Leadership.We tackle your issues every week in‘Working It Out". Resources mentioned during Liz's Satellite Sisters Working It Out segment: Time Magazine article: Scared To Return To Work Amid Coronavirus? Your Options Forbes Magazine: Planning For Early Retirement The Unemployment Rate Among Older Adults: What to do if you lose your job For concerns about discrimination or workplace safety. also seek out your state contacts for OSHA and National Labor Relations Board and speak to your union if you are represented by one. We also recommend this episode ofKatie Couric's podcast that features an interview with Shake Shack's Danny Meyersand this Fresh Air episode with Tim Colicchio. Lian and Liz both have new quarantine habits. Liz even has a slogan. Stop The Slide. Lian has high praise forMindy Kaling's new Netflix show Never Have I Ever. Special shout-out for surprise John McEnroe stunt casting. B...

63 MINMAY 26
Comments
Liz Dolan Provides Workplace Advice on Satellite Sisters

Encore: Finding Out of Office Inspiration

A few weeks back on the show, we were talking with our own Coach Larry about what to do if you base your entire identity on your job. Which unsurprisingly, is NOT the healthiest way to live. One piece of Larry’s advice was to make sure there’s “something else” in your life other than work, including creative pursuits. But how do you work an extra passion project into your busy schedule? And what if you don’t even think of yourself as especially creative? Today’s guest Laura M. Holson has some ideas. She’s a longtime writer for The New York Times and authored the article, “Forget a Fast Car, Creativity Is The New Midlife Crisis Cure.” Holson also started “The BOX Sessions,” a “creative gathering” that will happen in February 2020. Holson shares her personal story of finding creativity (and a knack for doing voice-overs), as well as some tips for starting a creative journey when you’re strapped for time. Then we’ll hear from listener Steven, who spends Monday through Fr...

39 MINAPR 27
Comments
Encore: Finding Out of Office Inspiration

Encore: How to Work Smarter Without Working Harder

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 ...

32 MINAPR 20
Comments
Encore: How to Work Smarter Without Working Harder

Encore: Staying Connected to Your Team Outside of the Office

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. If you’d like to keep in touch, tag @SafeForWork on Twitter. And if you’d like to stay connected to the SFW team, you can follow our sage hosts on social media; Fin...

33 MINAPR 13
Comments
Encore: Staying Connected to Your Team Outside of the Office

Encore: Keeping Sane in Your Home Office

Kat Boogaard, staff writer at The Muse, joins us to talk about the surprisingly challenging aspects of working from home, plus she gives us her tips on how to tell if you’re the kind of person who could responsibly handle working remotely (if you have a predilection for watching Vine compilations on Youtube, working in an office might be better for you). Then, Liz and Rico help listeners Samantha, whose new job is being ruined by major changes at her company, and Amanda, who’s struggling to connect with her coworkers at her office in China. And we debate company cards, staying late, and calling your boss on vacation in today’s Mind the Gap. You can read more of Kat’s writing on freelancing, working remote, and all sorts of topics at her website: https://katboogaard.com/ If you’d like to keep in touch, tag @SafeForWork on Twitter. And if you’d like to stay connected to the SFW team, you can follow our sage hosts on social media; Find Liz on Twitter @SSLiz. Rico is @RicoGagliano...

37 MINAPR 6
Comments
Encore: Keeping Sane in Your Home Office

Safe For Work Signs-Off

It’s that time, dear listeners. We’ve reached the end of Safe for Work. And for the record, we have loved every minute of making this podcast! In the interest of social distancing, Liz and Rico are coming to you for this last show from their remote corners of Los Angeles. But that doesn’t mean they won’t have their usual SFW flair. Speaking of flair, Rico finally got Liz to watch his (and America’s) favorite workplace movie.... Yes, we’re talking about Office Space. We’ll hear Liz’s review and Rico’s impression of Milton for our final Work Pop installment. Then, Liz and Rico revisit some memorable callers, starting with Gabriel, who reached out to us about whether to put BDSM event planning and training gigs on his otherwise run-of-the-mill resume. Our second caller on the list is Dustin, a construction worker turned architect who felt out of place among his more privileged colleagues. And last but certainly not least, we are revisiting a call from the rather hilarious Sara...

38 MINMAR 30
Comments
Safe For Work Signs-Off

Team Building in Uncertain Times

Since you last heard from us (a mere week ago), office culture has, changed, shall we say. The SFW team is all doing well, under the circumstances. And if you’re in your respective corners like us, and would like some advice on how to make working from home… well, work… from home... may we suggest listening to our episodes, “The Secret to Managing Your Remote Team” and “How to Stay Sane When You’re Working From Home.” Today we’re gonna talk a little bit about how COVID-19 is affecting the state of work. But then, in a sharp left turn, we have something much more fun planned. We’ve invited back some of our favorite callers to get an update on how they’re doing! First up is listener Elyse, who called back in August of last year. Elyse “caught feelings” for a man in Denmark and wanted to know what her options were to work in that country. We check back in to see how that love affair is, or isn’t working out. Then, Liz and Rico catch up with listener Steven, who called bac...

39 MINMAR 23
Comments
Team Building in Uncertain Times

The Pros and Cons of Being A Contractor

The SFW staff is pretty familiar with freelance life. Rico’s worked in media for most of his career. And for much of that, he’s been a freelance contractor. Liz has spent a lot of time in the 9 to 5 of the corporate world, but she is now an independent consultant and media worker. And they’re not alone. According to a 2018 poll from NPR and Marist, one in five Americans is freelancing. Seeing as everyone on this show is going to be moving on to new, probably freelance gigs in the very near future, we thought we’d all talk about it. Joining Liz and Rico today is SFW producer and avid freelancer Audrey Ngo, for a roundtable discussion on the pros and cons of the contractor world. Later, listener Karson is weighing whether he should leave a job he loves that doesn’t pay well, or get more money at a new position in a toxic work environment. And in this week’s Work Pop, Liz and Rico hear a clip from the AMC show, “Better Call Saul” and talk about whether an interview can really r...

36 MINMAR 16
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The Pros and Cons of Being A Contractor
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