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Safe For Work


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 ...Show More

08:13 | Sep 17th

From Wondery and The Athletic, The Lead is the first daily sports podcast that will bring you one big story each day from The Athletic's all-star team of local and national sports reporters. Subscribe now to hear new episodes each weekday morning: ht...Show More

38:19 | Sep 16th

“Should I Stay Or Should I Go.” It’s not just a classic punk tune, it’s a question you, our apparently totally punk listeners, ask us pretty much every week. When is it time to leave a job?  And how do you go about doing it? Tess Vigeland feels your...Show More
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34:32 | Sep 9th

“Loyalty” is generally considered a pretty positive word. But it can have some negative consequences when you’re talking about a workplace: i.e. staying in a toxic situation when a better job offer awaits. Yes, this is a dilemma that you, our listene...Show More

10:32 | Sep 6th

What is it like to be famous before you’re famous? What is it like to walk in the shoes of another person? Each episode of Imagined Life takes you on an immersive journey into the life of a world-famous person. It’ll be someone you may think you know...Show More

38:15 | Sep 2nd

It’s just a fact of working life: Your employer is watching you. But are you aware of the extent to which it’s happening? Let’s just say it’s pretty extensive. For some details on this, Liz and Rico chat today with Sarah Krouse. She’s a Telecom repo...Show More

33:24 | Aug 26th

Today on SFW, we’re going to use the phone for its God-given purpose: to communicate with a whole bunch of listeners! Yep, our entire episode is dedicated to conversations with you, our podcast people, about your career questions, problems, and succe...Show More

36:57 | Aug 19th

Now more than ever, our work lives happen online. And that means more of our work records, including information we’d prefer not to get into the wrong hands, are stored in our computers and in the cloud… ripe for nefarious types to steal. So here to...Show More

36:23 | Aug 12th

One of the biggest work stories in the last several years has gotta be the push for more diversity of all kinds in the workforce. And not just because it’s morally the right thing to do, but also because it’s good business. While there’s more awaren...Show More

34:56 | Aug 5th

Every now and then, we’ve noticed that trends in psychology seep into everyday conversation. And lately it seems like there’s a lot of talk about whether you’re an extrovert or an introvert. Here today to discuss what that means, and how you can mana...Show More

09:10 | Jul 31st

“Bachelor Happy Hour with Rachel & Ali” takes fans behind the scenes with all things Bachelor Nation-related in the first ever, official Bachelor podcast. You’ll hear from current cast members and get the details on what really happened when the came...Show More

28:55 | Jul 29th

We’ve all heard about how technology is encroaching on jobs us humans depend on. And according to a recent Oxford University study, as many as 47 percent of all jobs are likely to be eliminated by automation within the next 20 years.  Because we’re ...Show More

34:46 | Jul 22nd

So here on SFW, we try to leaven the occasional awfulness of work with some humor. And our guest Ginny Hogan has a new book that’s 112 pages of basically that. Her book “Toxic Femininity in the Workplace: Office Gender Politics Are a Battlefield” (Mo...Show More

35:59 | Jul 15th

We get tons of emails from listeners who need advice about applying for jobs; and, in particular, about creating resumes. Yet somehow we’ve never addressed one of the more vexing resume problems: what to do when you have a gap in your employment. Lik...Show More

03:10 | Jul 9th

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33:36 | Jul 8th

If you’ve ever felt like networking is the worst, well, it can be. But get ready for some ways to make it less doom-laden! Today, we continue our conversation with Priya Parker, master facilitator and author of the book, “The Art of Gathering: How We...Show More

34:08 | Jul 1st

Steak dinners with the CEO. After-work drinks. That Bloody Mary in business class… These are all part of the decadence that often pairs with meeting colleagues, clients, and the boss--especially when it’s on your company’s dime. But today’s guest, Ja...Show More

36:59 | Jun 24th

We get emails from listeners who toil at a whole range of jobs. But lately, we’ve been hearing from more folks in an industry that, not long ago, you wouldn’t even admit to being part of for fear of doing jail time. This is about---you guessed it--ca...Show More

38:59 | Jun 17th

If you’ve ever done an epic eye roll when staff meeting invites pop-up on your screen, we’ve got a secret weapon to making those encounters worth your time. Her name is Priya Parker, author of the book, “The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It M...Show More

34:05 | Jun 10th

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,” ...Show More

38:20 | Jun 3rd

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 ...Show More

06:49 | May 29th

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:

34:34 | May 27th

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...Show More

35:30 | May 20th

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 ...Show More

08:44 | May 14th

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 thin...Show More

31:37 | May 13th

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 Stanfor...Show More

37:04 | May 6th

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 Jac...Show More

39:51 | Apr 29th

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 tha...Show More

34:51 | Apr 22nd

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 ...Show More

36:33 | Apr 15th

We’ve all dealt with a bad boss at one point or another. And if not, LUCKY YOU! But if you currently have to tiptoe around your manager, we’ve brought in Liz Fosslien for some work survival tips. She is the co-author and illustrator of the best-selli...Show More

34:54 | Apr 8th

Our favorite part of Safe For Work, besides the snacks, is YOU--our dear listeners! So it only made sense for us to dedicate an entire show to your calls. We’ll hear from listener Sarah, who has moved into a new position in her company, but is stil...Show More

41:12 | Apr 1st

Negotiating in a job interview is arguably one of the most nerve-wracking parts of the hiring process. But it doesn’t have to be that way! For a lesson how not to get stumped when talking to a potential employer, Liz speaks executive recruiter Sarah ...Show More

40:13 | Mar 25th

There’s a reason business ethics is an entire university’s complicated. But our very own Coach Larry Seal joins us for at least a way to begin to think about ethical dilemmas at the office, like how to handle a request from your boss that...Show More

35:13 | Mar 18th

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-dev...Show More

42:19 | Mar 11th

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 Hung...Show More

38:34 | Mar 4th

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...Show More

37:18 | Feb 25th

The perpetual battle between time spent at work vs. home can be heart-wrenching. But if your kid is asking for an appointment to get a hug, Coach Larry joins us with some thoughts on how to change that. In this episode, Larry will parse the challenge...Show More
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11:17 | Feb 19th

Every great collaboration is a love story. It’s intense. Passionate. Along the way, there are flashes of love, hate, pride, ego, ambition, and brilliance. This is One Plus One, the show about the spark that drives two original thinkers to ultimate su...Show More

35:07 | Feb 18th

Despite the large number of benefits they’ve put into the world, technologies like email, iPhones, and instant messaging have blurred the lines between when we are and aren’t available for work. So on today’s show, BuzzFeed News’s Anne Helen Petersen...Show More

33:38 | Feb 11th

What do you do when you’ve been pushed to your limit at work, but you don’t want to go nuclear and start suing people? Well, a few weeks back, we got a call from a listener named Vivienne. She’s dealing with some discrimination from the owner of her ...Show More

35:44 | Feb 4th

It’s an unfortunate reality of the working world that many people become managers without ever having been trained to actually manage others. So today, Coach Larry joins us with his do’s and don’ts for new managers: topics include being humble, think...Show More

32:43 | Jan 28th

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 eve...Show More

35:55 | Jan 21st

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 ...Show More

35:05 | Jan 14th

Kara Swisher wears many hats: she’s the executive editor of the website Recode, she hosts the podcasts Recode Decode and Pivot, and she writes for The New York Times. And she joins us on today’s show, with all of her expertise, to talk about how auto...Show More

37:22 | Jan 7th

Last week, we focused on what we want from the new year; this week, it’s all about how to make your work-life dreams a reality in 2019. Coach Larry Seal joins us once again with his steps for making a New Year action plan, and how to take easy steps ...Show More

40:02 | Jan 2nd

We made it to the new year, and we’re kicking things off with a two-part series about making positive changes to your work-life in 2019. On today’s episode, our very own Coach Larry Seal joins us with the five questions we should ask ourselves to fig...Show More

32:01 | Dec 31st, 2018

It’s the second episode of our two-part special celebrating our lovely hosts, and that means it’s time to put the spotlight on our very own Rico Gagliano. Our special guest this week was a member of Rico’s now-disbanded sketch comedy troupe, and he h...Show More

37:11 | Dec 24th, 2018

We’re celebrating the end of the year by releasing two episodes that turn the focus onto our lovely hosts, and while we’re covering Rico next week, this episode is all about the one and only Liz Dolan. First, we’re joined by none other than one of Li...Show More

38:14 | Dec 17th, 2018

That’s right, folks, it’s time to cleanse ourselves of our workplace sins before the new year begins, and boy, do y’all have some stories to tell. Topics include vomit (of course), ice-packs for vasectomy recovery, stealing office supplies from bosse...Show More

37:25 | Dec 10th, 2018

A listener of ours wrote in with a question about her burned-out, aimless husband: should he see an executive coach? A life coach? A therapist? Fortunately, we’re pretty tight with an executive coach, our very own Coach Larry Seal, so he joins us tod...Show More

39:16 | Dec 3rd, 2018

There are lots of things to love about the holidays — so much food! Sweater weather! A valid excuse to listen to “All I Want For Christmas Is You” for hours on end! However, navigating holiday etiquette at work is not one of those wonderful things. S...Show More

38:36 | Nov 26th, 2018

Mignon Fogarty, also known as Grammar Girl, joins us today to answer your questions about language in the workplace: like, “Is it one space or two after a period,” or “Can I use ‘asap’ in a work email,” or the classic, “Why do we love verbing our nou...Show More

37:07 | Nov 19th, 2018

Karen Wickre, former Google executive and editorial director at Twitter, joins us to explain how social media has made networking way easier, particularly for introverts. Then, Liz and Rico help Ryan, who wants to know if she should put her entry-lev...Show More

39:06 | Nov 12th, 2018

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 hav...Show More

38:03 | Nov 5th, 2018

Chef and author Curtis Stone joins us today to talk about a truly dreaded topic: how to eat healthy and well at work. He gives us his favorite meals to prep for lunch at work (including an amazing recipe, listed below), to why snacking throughout the...Show More

36:30 | Oct 29th, 2018

Do you work in an open office that’s usually very quiet, where people are more focused on their computers than the coworkers right next to them? If so, a recent study found that that’s the norm. Ethan Bernstein, co-author of that study and Associate ...Show More

39:20 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, co-founders of the multifaceted media company The Skimm, join us to talk about how their friendship powered them through the unpredictable early days of starting a business together, and they give us their advice on...Show More

36:17 | Oct 15th, 2018

Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo joins us once again, this time talking about the sensitive subject of illnesses and chronic conditions at work — from the best ways to support a coworker dealing with one, to how to disclose them to one’s boss. Listener Jessica...Show More

32:07 | Oct 8th, 2018

On today’s show, Coach Larry Seal breaks down all the ways that Myers-Briggs can be used responsibly in the workplace, and why some companies’ insistence on using it as a hiring or team-building tool is a mistake. Then, etiquette experts Lizzie Post ...Show More

32:12 | Oct 1st, 2018

Executive coach and author Susan Peppercorn joins us on this episode to give her top 5 tips on avoiding or getting over envy in the workplace. Then, we’ve all heard the advice “never say no” when it comes to work; but is it actually good advice? Our ...Show More

35:33 | Sep 24th, 2018

Today, our own Dr. Stephen Danisger joins us to diagnose the early warning signs for workplace burnout, and what to do to prevent yourself from getting burnt out at work. Then, Liz and Rico help some listeners: Sarah has to talk to her supervisors ab...Show More

36:15 | Sep 17th, 2018

Our featured guest on today’s show is Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, who gives us her advice on how to live with that nagging little voice in your head: the pesky inner critic. Then, Liz and Rico help a listener who’s never negotiated for herself before. An...Show More

40:41 | Sep 10th, 2018

On today’s show, NYU professor/author Dolly Chugh joins us to talk about the ways to identify and overcome bias — unintentional or otherwise — in the workplace. Then, Liz and Rico help a listener who’s dealing with some bias-infused feedback at work....Show More

36:28 | Sep 3rd, 2018

Our man on the inside, Coach Larry joins us on this episode for the dos and dont’s of giving — and receiving — feedback at work: from how to encourage an underperforming employee, to the steps to create a better environment for consistent, helpful fe...Show More

37:49 | Aug 27th, 2018

On today’s episode, writer/entrepreneur Allyson Downey joins us with her most important advice for women coming back to work after having kids. Then, Liz and Rico finally hit some bumps in the road in Mind the Gap. And we help some of you, our lovely...Show More

40:40 | Aug 20th, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, we had the pleasure of hosting a live Safe For Work taping for Women in Cable Telecommunications at the offices of Boingo Wireless in Los Angeles. There, Liz and Rico talked with Patty McCord, former Chief Talent Officer at Net...Show More

46:20 | Aug 13th, 2018

On today’s show, Liz and Rico cover the bases on how to make an appealing resume, write a stellar cover letter, and ace your job interview. First, resume and cover letter Ali B. Gant gives us the do’s and dont’s for resumes these days. Then, Ladan Ha...Show More

42:22 | Aug 6th, 2018

Coach Larry Seal joins us once again to discuss matters of work-life balance, but today we’re focusing on how to have a healthy relationship with your work...when you’re your own boss. Then, Liz and Rico set the record straight on some bad advice abo...Show More

41:16 | Jul 30th, 2018

On today's show, Coach Larry Seal gives us his tips for setting boundaries at work when your work-life balance is out of whack, plus how to tell if a workplace encourages a healthy balance between work and the rest of your life. Then, Liz and Rico co...Show More

38:02 | Jul 23rd, 2018

Okay, let's make this clear from the top: we here at Safe For Work are not staunch supporters of office gossip. From the office politics of peddling secrets, to the ease with which gossip can breed cliques and cabals, there are plenty of pitfalls whe...Show More

39:50 | Jul 16th, 2018

Liz and the rest of us here at Safe For Work have a new coworker in our midst — his name is Rico Gagliano, and he’s going to be the new co-host here. And with Rico’s arrival, we were all wondering: what’s the best way to actually get to know a new co...Show More

02:25 | Jul 2nd, 2018

The show is about making your work life better… because that makes your life life better. Hosted by Liz Dolan, former chief marketing officer of Nike, the Oprah Winfrey Network, and National Geographic...and co-host of the long-running podcast, Satel...Show More