I Hate My Boss


Bosses can drive you crazy. How do you deal with micromanagers, unclear direction -- or get a promotion? Our workplace heroes Liz Dolan (ex-CMO, Nike, NatGeo Channels) and Larry Seal (executive coach) will help you make the big decisions, sort throug...Show More
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Introducing Raising The Bar

08:23 | Jul 25th, 2018

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. Y...Show More
Introducing American Innovations

07:53 | May 10th, 2018

The phone in your hand is more powerful than all of the computers that put a man on the moon, combined. In the age of supercomputers, driverless cars, and mail-order DNA testing it’s easy to forget that the journey to these incredible innovations was...Show More
Introducing Success! How I Did It

15:18 | Apr 27th, 2018

Today we want to introduce you to a great show from Business Insider called "Success! How i did it". Each week, host Rich Feloni interviews some of the biggest name in business. Subscribe to Success! How I Did It on Apple Podcast or wherever you're ...Show More
I Hate My Boss is now Safe For Work

12:59 | Mar 19th, 2018

Liz is back with a new co-host to help you get through your work week with a little less stress, more confidence and a little more fun. Subscribe to Safe For Work on Apple Podcast, wherever you listen to podcasts or click wondery.fm/safeforwork
Introducing the 5 Things podcast

04:32 | Feb 14th, 2018

Mornings are chaotic and so is the news cycle. USA TODAY’s 5 Things podcast covers the day’s top stories that you need to know in less than five minutes, from politics and sports to entertainment and tech. You can find 5 Things on Amazon Echo, Googl...Show More
Introducing Business Wars

10:29 | Feb 6th, 2018

Netflix vs. HBO. Nike vs. Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet, or your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shapes what we buy and how we live.  Business Wars gives yo...Show More
Bonus: Thanksgiving Binge

08:15 | Nov 16th, 2017

Liz chats with Jefferson Graham of Talking Tech about their favorite episodes on each other Feast on these shows @ www.Wondery.com/Thanksgiving  Talking Tech Binge Talking Buster - Ep. 7 with Teller Origins with James Andrew Miller - Ep 1 Rec...Show More
S1E32: The Season Finale

40:44 | Oct 30th, 2017

Well folks, we've arrived at the end of the line for the first season of I Hate My Boss. The show will be back, new and improved, early next year, so don't worry — our sage advice won't be gone for too long. But first, on today's episode, Liz and Lar...Show More
After Hours 27: When your boss ain't cuttin' the mustard

11:06 | Oct 26th, 2017

Watson and his department received a new boss about five months ago, but their new boss hasn't put any effort into learning what his team's working on, or even what their workflow's like. And since this has been going on for months, word is starting ...Show More
S1E31: I hate my boss, but I I love this clip show!

38:44 | Oct 23rd, 2017

We've almost arrived at the end of the first season of I Hate My Boss, and we couldn't resist taking a look back at some of the most memorable stories and hate-able bosses that we've discussed over the past few months; that's right, it's time for a c...Show More
After Hours 26: Too many questions, too little confidence

10:53 | Oct 19th, 2017

About three months back, Raquel's company hired two new employees, and somewhere along the way she became the go-to person for any and all of their questions. But now a project on Raquel's team is over budget and behind schedule, and the new crew's i...Show More
S1E30: Bully bosses, emotional vampires, and toxic coworkers

40:41 | Oct 16th, 2017

Everyone's had a coworker like this: they're nice enough, but they do one thing that is just so annoying, like eating carrots at maximum crunch volume every day of the week, or kicking off their shoes to unveil their smelly feet. However, this episod...Show More
After hours 25: A crash course in freelancing

12:36 | Oct 12th, 2017

There are few universal truths in the world: death, taxes, and the fact that freelancing can be really, really hard. It feels great when everything's working in your favor, but there are plenty of pitfalls that even experienced freelancers can fall i...Show More
S1E29: Call me, beep me, if you want to reach me...at my office line

39:23 | Oct 9th, 2017

How many unread emails are currently sitting in your inbox? What about those voicemails waiting on your office phone, or those DMs on Slack, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook...you get the point. There are so many ways to communicate with people these days...Show More
After Hours 24: Mandatory pillow fights and dress code double standards

10:29 | Oct 5th, 2017

Rey is dealing with one of the many double standards that exist between men and women in the office: the workplace wardrobe. In an otherwise great performance review, her boss said that she dressed like an airhead, and now that she's applying to a ne...Show More
S1E28: What to do when it's time to move on

39:42 | Oct 2nd, 2017

Last week, Liz and Larry went over their strategies for quitting a job in the best way possible; however, even when one is armed with all that good good knowledge, there are still so many weird things that can happen when you leave a job (voluntarily...Show More
Introducing Hollywood & Crime

09:53 | Sep 29th, 2017

Season 2 of Hollywood and Crime begins with the conclusion of “The Black Dahlia Serial Killers.” In 1947 young Elizabeth Short’s body was found completely severed at the waist. During that same period close to a dozen other women were also murdered a...Show More
After Hours 23: No time for timidity

09:51 | Sep 28th, 2017

We’ve talked about how challenging it can be to navigate a freeze-out at work when you’re committed to staying, but today, Liz and Larry help a frozen-out listener get over their fears about leaving their long-held job. It’s time to activate that net...Show More
S1E27: Quitting, burnout, and creeping joylessness

34:52 | Sep 25th, 2017

Sometimes, there’s no better feeling than walking into your boss’s office and quitting your job. But quitting can also be really difficult, because there are plenty of pitfalls that can occur as you transition out of a job. So on today’s show, Liz an...Show More
After Hours 22: Alternatives to happy hour

07:53 | Sep 21st, 2017

Frankie wrote in with a great question — what should you do if you don’t drink, and you don’t like being around people while they’re drinking, but you want to bond with your coworkers and show solidarity in an office culture that emphasizes happy hou...Show More
S1E26: Does everything have to be a competition?

43:52 | Sep 18th, 2017

Okay, obviously the answer is “no.” But people can get super competitive about ultimately trivial things, especially at work, so it’s time for Liz and Larry’s sage advice for people who are dealing with aggressively competitive coworkers. Johnny’s bo...Show More
After Hours 21: Negotiation Woes

10:48 | Sep 14th, 2017

We know that people hear this all the time — when negotiating your salary at a new job, you should always push for more, right? Well, one of our listeners was recently hired at her dream job, and it came along with great benefits, a vacation package,...Show More
S1E25: My favorite Type

44:45 | Sep 11th, 2017

It might not always be a conscious decision, but people definitely play favorites at work, especially when there's intra-office competition involved. So on today's episode, Liz and Larry cover all the bases on workplace favoritism, from the steps you...Show More
After Hours 20: Stuck in the middle with you, and you, and you...

13:20 | Sep 7th, 2017

Back in Episodes 19 and 20, when Liz and Larry discussed some of the pitfalls of office romances, they explicitly said, “Do not have an affair with a coworker (or anyone, really).” And on today’s episode, a listener who’s caught in the middle of some...Show More
S1E24: We're a happy family?

39:28 | Sep 4th, 2017

Last week, we discussed many of the pitfalls that can occur when you try to force your coworkers and employees into questionable team-building activities. So this week, we're answering all of your questions about how to befriend coworkers and handle ...Show More
After Hours 19: Unresponsive clients and inconsistent employees

11:10 | Aug 31st, 2017

One of Riz's clients reached out a while back to set up some training sessions, but when their HR and Training manager left, the company stalled and went silent for months. So how do you reconnect with clients who have gone AWOL, without being too pu...Show More
S1E23: Team building, firewalking, and inspiring your employees

38:03 | Aug 28th, 2017

Forming meaningful bonds with our coworkers is really important when we want to find satisfaction at work. But it can also be really, really difficult! So today, we're talking all about team-building: when it works, when it doesn't, and how to build ...Show More
After Hours 18: Knowing when to invest in yourself

10:19 | Aug 24th, 2017

We talk a lot about the side hustle on I Hate My Boss, but today, Liz and Larry help a listener who's truly going above and beyond to accomplish their goals. Anonymous on the West Coast is working full-time while finishing an IT degree, but now that ...Show More
S1E22: Negotiation Tactics 101

47:52 | Aug 21st, 2017

We know how hard it can be to walk into your boss's office and ask for a raise, or to really push for the salary you deserve during a job interview. So this week, Liz and Larry lay out everything they've learned about how best to advocate for yoursel...Show More
After Hours 17: How to make friends with your new boss

09:34 | Aug 17th, 2017

Many of our listeners have issues with their bosses, but Clayton has a different problem: he loves his boss, but that boss is retiring in a month. So now Clayton's worried about getting off on a good foot with the new boss, especially since he could ...Show More
S1E21: Show me the money!

46:10 | Aug 14th, 2017

So maybe money can't buy you love, but can it buy you happiness in the workplace? As it turns out, the answer is rather complicated. On today's show, Liz and Larry tackle all sorts of issues surrounding the money we earn at work, from how our happine...Show More
After Hours 16: How much is “too much” in an interview?

08:27 | Aug 10th, 2017

After a prolonged stretch of chaos and lack of focus from her managers, Shawna left a job she’d held for five years in search of greener pastures. And now that she’s on the hunt for a new job, she wants to know how honest she can be with interviewers...Show More
S1E20: Office romance gone wrong, outsourcing, and poo on the floor

38:44 | Aug 7th, 2017

In last week’s episode, Liz and Larry gave their cautious support for office romance, but this week’s episode features some stories where relationships go very, very wrong. One intern’s office romance leads to multiple firings and fainting at an all-...Show More
After Hours 15: Another freeze-out

09:12 | Aug 3rd, 2017

Emilia was fed up with the communication issues she was having with her boss, so she made a mature decision and requested a meeting with him. It seemed like they’d hashed things out, but ever since then, her boss has been taking her projects and givi...Show More
S1E19: The messy world of office romance

36:14 | Jul 31st, 2017

If I Hate My Boss were run by HR managers, our thoughts on office romance would probably be pretty cut and dry — just don’t do it. But Liz and Larry are not your HR department, and their advice is, “Well, why not go for it?” First, we check back in a...Show More
After Hours 14: I just called to say I quit

11:13 | Jul 27th, 2017

Elsa has finally had enough of her overbearing boss, so she's ready to quit and look for a new job. But her boss is out on maternity leave, and Elsa doesn't want any hurt feelings when she quits. So how should Elsa let her know that she's on her way ...Show More
S1E18: But I want to be the boss!

42:08 | Jul 24th, 2017

Last week, we had advice for all of you first-time bosses, but how do you get picked to become a boss in the first place? On today's show, Liz and Larry tell you how. Jordan Harbinger from the podcast Art of Charm joins us to talk about the ways you ...Show More
After Hours 13: Leveraging that job offer

06:26 | Jul 20th, 2017

One of our listeners is in a pickle, but to be fair, it's an enviable one: he loves his job, but he got an offer from another company that includes a 30% raise. Not too shabby, right? Liz and Larry give their tips on how to leverage an outside offer ...Show More
Introducing Tides of History

14:01 | Jul 20th, 2017

History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme, said Mark Twain. From the fall of the Roman Empire to the rise of the modern world: history ebbs and flows over the centuries, driven by great tides of economic, social, political, religious, and cul...Show More
S1E17: I’m a boss...now what?

38:56 | Jul 17th, 2017

We know our show's called I Hate My Boss, but that doesn't mean we automatically hate all the bosses in the world. So if you're on the threshold of first-time bosshood, don't worry; in fact, this episode goes out to you! Liz and Larry have all the ti...Show More
After Hours 12: Intangibles?

10:22 | Jul 13th, 2017

Performance reviews are rarely painless, but Jesika's most recent review might take the cake, as her bosses cited her lack of certain "intangibles" and repeatedly referenced Revolutionary Road while denying her a promotion. Fortunately, Liz and Larry...Show More
S1E16: How to survive a workplace crisis

37:41 | Jul 10th, 2017

Odds are good that, over the course of your career, you'll have to face at least one workplace crisis — just ask anyone who's worked at Netflix, or Uber, or Volkswagen...the list goes on. But there are plenty of workplace crises that don't make newsp...Show More
After Hours 11: The silver lining of a boss who knows less than you

07:27 | Jul 6th, 2017

It can be extremely frustrating to work for someone who knows less about your work than you do; thankfully, Liz and Larry see a silver lining that should help lessen those frustrations. Liz and Larry also help a listener whose coworker did a poor job...Show More
S1E15: To vacation, or not to vacation?

43:14 | Jul 3rd, 2017

Imagine you're overworked and dealing with too much stress at your job. What sounds better than getting away from it all and kicking back on a warm, sandy beach? But as Stacey from Penn & Pencil finds out, sometimes taking a vacation can lead to some...Show More
After Hours 10: Apologies to the IT Department

10:38 | Jun 29th, 2017

Working in an IT Department isn't always the most lauded job, and for that, we apologize! But how are you supposed to handle it when your co-workers refuse to listen to your tech advice, and your boss sides with your stubborn colleagues? Plus, Liz an...Show More
S1E14: How to deal with sexism, and over-worked bosses

38:36 | Jun 26th, 2017

Our listeners experience different kinds of sexism: from being passed over for a promotion, to having a boss who’s crossing the line from paternalistic to creepy, to the challenges of being the only female engineer. Liz and Larry then offer advice to...Show More
After Hours 9: You might be working a little too hard

09:51 | Jun 22nd, 2017

Colleagues that go above and beyond are inspiring...until they take it too far. Lee’s cubemate refuses to take sick days, and even came in with pneumonia! Julie wants to concentrate on work only, but is distracted by all the workplace chatter in her ...Show More
S1E13: Sexism: from annoyance to conspiracy

44:54 | Jun 19th, 2017

Sexism comes in many shades, from annoyance to conspiracy - so how do you combat it at your job? Penn & Pencil CEO Lisa has her own ideas, with mixed results. Hosts Liz and Larry sit down with Liz Craft, television writer and co-host of the podcasts ...Show More
After Hours 8: The Slacker and the Over-sharer

07:13 | Jun 15th, 2017

What are you supposed to do when your coworker is lazy, and leaves you to pick up the slack? Or how about when your boss wants to talk about everything...even what they do at home with their fiance?! Liz and Larry are here to help. New to I Hate My...Show More
S1E12: The Set Up to Fail Syndrome

32:45 | Jun 12th, 2017

What’s left to do when you’re stuck in a dead end at your job? Maybe you’ve been set up to fail. Liz and Larry hear from Kelsey, who’s gone from being the star employee to the person her boss holds responsible for all her company’s failure. Jeremy is...Show More
After Hours 7: Should I get a raise, or two? And TMI, Part 2.

08:59 | Jun 8th, 2017

Susie has completed a certification course, which led to a raise and a promotion but something doesn’t add up. Betsy needs help reeling in an employee who’s good at her job, but talks WAY too much. New to I Hate My Boss? Subscribe today: smarturl.i...Show More
S1E11: Working through differences

34:50 | Jun 5th, 2017

We all know we’re different from each other, but what do we really think of people who aren’t like us? And how well do we work with them? At Penn & Pencil, the answer is not well at all - Matt is pigeonholed into working for a gay dating app, instead...Show More
After Hours 6: Moving up, and moving on

10:14 | Jun 1st, 2017

How do you ask for the things you want from you boss, or a potential employer, without messing up the relationship? Liz and Larry talk to Josh about how to land a promotion that he’s worried about applying for, and to Tim, who is trying to figure out...Show More
S1E10: Sexual harassment

32:37 | May 29th, 2017

It drove Bill O'Reilly off the air, got L.A. Reid fired and sent Uber scrambling. Sexual harassment has dominated the news lately, but can it be stopped? Liz and Larry are joined by Tucker Miller, Vice President of Client Development and Consulting a...Show More
After Hours 5: TMI

09:15 | May 25th, 2017

The work week can seem even longer when your mom brings your boss home with her. On this week’s After Hours, Liz and Larry help Nicole draw a line between the personal and professional. And what should you do about gossipy or whiny coworkers? Liz and...Show More
S1E9: Leaks, loyalty and trust

42:15 | May 22nd, 2017

In the age of hacking, errant email and transparency experiments at work, it’s tough to feel completely at ease. Liz and Larry take a look at how trust in the workplace is built...and broken. At Penn & Pencil, Ivan’s leak of the entire comment box t...Show More
After Hours 4: When is the right time to yell at people?

09:10 | May 18th, 2017

By the end of the week, you might be ready to let everyone have it. On this week's After Hours, Liz and Larry help Katie set boundaries with her meddling colleagues, and help Deborah communicate with her boss - without screaming. Do you work with a...Show More
S1E8: Secret tapes, temper tantrums and a quarter life crisis

38:51 | May 15th, 2017

Liz and Larry help listeners with bosses who are unhinged. We hear from Brandon, whose tiger boss refuses to change his stripes, and a pastry chef who needs to move on but fears getting blacklisted from the industry. There’s Gilbert, whose supervisor...Show More
After Hours 3: How to deal with a know-it-all boss and a filthy colleague

08:46 | May 11th, 2017

We answer questions about how to handle colleagues with, ahem, hygiene issues, help out a listener whose young boss always needs to prove that he’s the smartest guy in the room. Do your co workers have annoying habits of their own? We're here to hel...Show More
S1E7: Feedback, judgment and the comment box

45:34 | May 8th, 2017

Does performance review season make you dread going to work? You’re not alone - most people avoid giving feedback and few enjoy receiving it - unless it’s well done. Larry and Liz will show you how to do exactly that. At Penn & Pencil, the new owners...Show More
After Hours 2: How to be your best self, and someone else

06:28 | May 4th, 2017

During this round of After Hours, we answer questions from Erin, who is struggling with self-promotion at her job, and Linda, who can’t stand being called by her boss's name while filling in. Do you have a workplace problem? Give us a call, and we’...Show More
S1E6: Family business, selfish bosses and your first raise

32:43 | May 1st, 2017

We answer questions from Matt, who is in the middle between his boss and a difficult son, and Amanda, whose top 2 employees are fighting with each other. Anna feels under-appreciated and wants to ask for a raise. Liz and Larry give their take on what...Show More
I Hate My Boss: After Hours

08:17 | Apr 27th, 2017

You’re almost through the workweek! Don’t let a looming problem keep you from making it to Friday. During After Hours, we’ll be helping you figure out those small things before they turn into something much worse. On this episode, an employee who thi...Show More
S1E5: Work, life and hiding in the bathroom

43:28 | Apr 24th, 2017

How much of yourself should you put into work? Liz and Larry discuss the role work plays in your life, in your identity, and how you define success at work and in life. At Penn & Pencil, Matt is frustrated at Ivan who either disregards his ideas or s...Show More
S1E4: Lies, or alternative facts? Dealing with people who bend the truth

39:20 | Apr 17th, 2017

Special guests Jake & Amir of If I Were You join Liz & Larry to answer listeners’ questions on work-life balance, cliquey co-workers, getting paid, and dogs. Plus, questions about lies and spin, workplace bullies, and a boss’ wife who just won't butt...Show More
S1E3: Spin, lies and getting busted

37:36 | Apr 10th, 2017

Why do people lie at work? On this episode, Liz and Larry discuss the difference between spin and lies, what to do when you catch others doing it - and when you catch yourself. At Penn & Pencil, a due diligence brings the worst out of people: spin, o...Show More
S1E2: Friend or boss? How to set boundaries

27:21 | Apr 3rd, 2017

How to respond when your boss shocks you with a statement, where to draw the line between personal and professional, and what to do if you crash your company car - Liz and Larry answer listeners' questions. Plus, You Can't Make This Up: when people g...Show More
S1E1: Fear, change, and six glasses of rose

48:29 | Apr 3rd, 2017

Liz and Larry introduce Penn & Pencil, our fictional ad agency whose characters will sound too familiar. Lisa, the CEO, believes fear is a powerful motivator. Do you? Does your boss? When the company goes through a significant change, everybody start...Show More
Introducing I Hate My Boss

02:04 | Mar 20th, 2017

When you have a workplace problem, who do you turn to for advice? Your coworkers are not objective, and your friends don't really know what to say. In this format-busting series, Liz Dolan and Larry Seal give you real life advice with the help of a f...Show More