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Women at Work

101 episodes - English - Latest episode: 9 days ago - ★★★★★ - 1.2K ratings

Women face gender discrimination throughout our careers. It doesn't have to derail our ambitions — but how do we prepare to deal with it? There's no workplace orientation session about narrowing the wage gap, standing up to interrupting male colleagues, or taking on many other issues we encounter at work. So HBR staffers Amy Bernstein, Amy Gallo, and Emily Caulfield are untangling some of the knottiest problems. They interview experts on gender, tell stories about their own experiences, and give lots of practical advice to help you succeed in spite of the obstacles.

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Getting Along with a Political Operator

September 19, 2022 14:00 - 42 minutes - 41.2 MB

How do you stay in the loop when someone keeps kicking you out? Amy G recommends tactics to try and phrases to use.

Getting Along with a Passive-Aggressive Gossip

September 12, 2022 16:59 - 33 minutes - 31.2 MB

How do you work with someone who’s encroaching on your job, bad-mouthing you, and refusing to acknowledge there’s any tension or problem? Amy G recommends tactics to try and phrases to use.

Introducing Getting Along

September 05, 2022 14:00 - 2 minutes - 2.2 MB

No one should have to put up with rude, unprofessional, or hostile behavior from a colleague. You can counteract and even preempt it by using certain tactics and phrases. Amy Gallo will teach you which ones, plus how and when to deploy them, through coaching sessions with real women dealing with different types of difficult people.

Emily’s Taking a Break from Nine-to-Five

June 01, 2022 17:25 - 8 minutes - 8.01 MB

Our free-spirited, entrepreneurial co-host is applying advice from all our episodes on side gigs, freelancing, starting a small business — and quitting — to her own life. Emily reflects on her decision to leave her design job at HBR to fully focus on a long-time creative passion, as well as how she's thinking about her career going forward.

When a Relationship with a Colleague Goes Sour

May 16, 2022 21:59 - 34 minutes - 31.5 MB

How do you address a falling-out with a teammate when they either won’t acknowledge you or just lash out? Amy Gallo brings her conflict management expertise to a coaching session for a woman whose project manager and former work friend went from helpful to hostile. The approaches that come out of the conversation are ones that anyone facing tension in a work relationship can use to find a way forward.

The Essentials: Delegating Effectively

April 25, 2022 19:29 - 45 minutes - 42.2 MB

Let’s be real: You can’t do everything yourself. Delegating to others helps you manage your workload and helps your colleagues who take on the tasks, decisions, and responsibilities to learn and grow. That doesn’t mean it’s always easy to do though. A leadership coach shares practices that will ensure the work gets done and will leave you and the person you delegated to feeling good about the experience.

The Essentials: Managing Up

April 18, 2022 17:43 - 40 minutes - 37.8 MB

Having a healthy, mutually beneficial relationship with your boss doesn’t require accommodating their every quirk, demand, and weakness. We discuss respectful, constructive ways to meet in the middle, set boundaries, and help them achieve their goals while making your competence known.

The Essentials: Persuading People

April 11, 2022 20:27 - 32 minutes - 32.2 MB

We all need to sell others on our ideas and offerings. Oftentimes that requires planning, perspective taking, and patience. A social psychologist highlights principles and tactics that’ll help you preempt colleagues or clients from doubting your expertise and get them to start or stop doing something.

The Essentials: Retaining Talent

April 04, 2022 21:54 - 35 minutes - 34.7 MB

Advice from a manager at Google whose full-time job is finding solutions to the problems that make employees want to quit. She shares what to say and do when a valuable team member seems to have one foot out the door. We also discuss the types of proactive conversations about career paths and compensation that managers should have with their people to keep them from being poached.

Stacey Abrams and Lara Hodgson on Starting and Scaling a Small Business

February 21, 2022 14:00 - 40 minutes - 37.7 MB

Entrepreneurs Stacey Abrams and Lara Hodgson share hard-won lessons from starting and running three companies together. They reflect on what makes their long-term partnership work and how they manage self-doubt and guilt. They also give tips for networking, hiring and retaining employees, learning the ins and outs of finance, and developing an exit strategy.

Forging Ahead — or Plowing Through

December 16, 2021 21:14 - 46 minutes - 44.1 MB

A satisfying career requires that we make thoughtful decisions, through self-reflection and strategic planning. But sometimes (like in 2021) plowing through our jobs day after day is the only thing that feels manageable. A reunion with three guests starts a conversation about the tension between wanting to fulfill our potential and needing to conserve what’s left of our energy.

Keep the Challenges of Freelancing in Check

December 06, 2021 18:02 - 34 minutes - 33 MB

What are the psychological and social skills freelancers need to achieve the self-made career they envisioned? Two researchers break down the common existential and interpersonal challenges that come with working in the gig economy. They share routines and practices that help independent workers keep themselves motivated, productive, and developing professionally.

What’s Changed About How We Show Up at Work

November 29, 2021 21:18 - 25 minutes - 24.5 MB

Which feelings (and shoes) are work-appropriate these days? An expert on authenticity joins us to share impressions of how professional behavior and dress are changing, plus advice for deciding how transparent and comfortable to be.

Becoming a Leader When Everything Is Shifting

November 22, 2021 19:54 - 40 minutes - 37.8 MB

How can you be seen as a leader, especially when you’re not even “seeing” the people you work with? We revisit an interview with two leadership development experts — essential listening for any woman who’s ready to step up — and share an update on how their advice applies in the context of remote and hybrid work.

Take Control of Your Onboarding

November 15, 2021 20:34 - 39 minutes - 36.3 MB

How are women who started a job remotely during the pandemic faring? We hear from several new hires about the hurdles they encountered and how they overcame them with the support of their managers. Then, HR executive Amelia Ransom and management professor Beth Schinoff share advice for onboarding, whether you’re starting a new position yourself or supporting a new member of your team.

If We Want Equity, Work Needs to Be Less Greedy

November 08, 2021 20:39 - 41 minutes - 39.1 MB

One way to help close the gender earnings gap? Deliberate redundancy at work, according to economic historian Claudia Goldin. Claudia expands on this idea and shares other insights about the U.S. female labor force. Emily and the Amys reflect on the career-family decisions they’ve made (or plan to make) and imagine what it would be like to have a colleague who could fill in for them whenever they needed time off.

So You’re Thinking About Quitting Your Job…

November 01, 2021 19:24 - 29 minutes - 28.4 MB

How can you be confident that quitting your job is a good move for your career? And how do you handle the feelings — guilt, fear, anxiety — that come up? These are questions we’ll all face at some point, so we talk through which factors to consider before making the decision and best practices for giving your notice when it’s time.

Dealing with the Feels After an Employee Quits

October 25, 2021 22:01 - 27 minutes - 25.9 MB

Managers are told that when an employee resigns, they should be professional, reassure their team, and wish the person well. But we also know that resignations bring up a lot of feelings: panic, loss, self-doubt. Five managers acknowledge those emotions and share how they’ve learned to cope.

Leaders to Learn From

October 18, 2021 19:38 - 44 minutes - 41.9 MB

In leading their teams and organizations through a crisis, women have repeatedly stepped up to the plate. We celebrate four of these women and highlight the ways they’ve been resetting priorities, demonstrating resilience and agility, and communicating effectively. Then, leadership coach Muriel Wilkins gives advice for taking care of yourself while taking care of the people you manage.

What It Takes to Make a Major Change

October 11, 2021 18:22 - 36 minutes - 34.9 MB

If you’re looking to upgrade your work life, know that it’s possible, manageable, and worth the effort. Two women reflect on the actions they took that ended up elevating not only their careers but also their all-around satisfaction.

Introducing Season 7

October 04, 2021 17:58 - 2 minutes - 2.6 MB

Starting October 11, a new collection of perspectives to learn from, advice to act on, and takeaways that buoy you up.

The Essentials: Negotiating Strategically

May 24, 2021 20:00 - 40 minutes - 39 MB

How can we get better at negotiating? We hear from a butter maker and entrepreneur about a sensitive deal she recently navigated and then use that experience to draw out the principles and practices essential to any negotiation. Ashleigh Shelby Rosette, a professor who studies and teaches negotiations, gives advice on achieving our objectives in a deal, no matter the context.

The Essentials: Being Productive

May 17, 2021 17:15 - 26 minutes - 26 MB

Alice Boyes, a writer and former clinical psychologist, shares the principles and practices that keep her creative and productive, but not busy. She gives Emily and a social worker guidance on where to focus their energy, as well as paring down their (and your) to-dos to what’s feasible? and actually worth doing.

The Essentials: Dealing with Stress

May 10, 2021 21:55 - 30 minutes - 29.7 MB

A nurse practitioner joins Amy B and an expert on workplace well-being to discuss different aspects of stress, plus principles and practices for managing it.

The Essentials: Giving Feedback

May 03, 2021 18:25 - 31 minutes - 30.8 MB

Giving feedback is critical to being a good manager, somebody people look up to and not just report to. But very few of us actually like to do it. So how can we get better at this essential skill? Amy G is joined by a school principal to interview a feedback expert.

Family Management: Looking to a Post-Pandemic Future

April 26, 2021 08:50 - 29 minutes - 28.8 MB

As more and more people get vaccinated against Covid-19, how do you lead your family through this safer but not coronavirus-free new world? Two parents in Israel — a child psychologist and an infectious disease doctor — describe the approach they’ve been taking with their three kids. Because when only one child is old enough to receive the vaccine, making your way out of lockdown is even more of a process.

Family Management: On the Cusp of Parenthood

April 19, 2021 18:38 - 22 minutes - 22 MB

We get inside the head of a woman whose due date is just days away. She shares with Erica her worries, hopes, and questions about how having a baby will change her career. Erica offers practical advice for managing a new identity and new work-family demands.

Family Management: Everyday Joys

April 12, 2021 17:57 - 28 minutes - 25.8 MB

Everyday joys can boost our energy and productivity, so long as we’re able to notice and appreciate them. Kevin reflects on the presence of joy in his life and what keeps him from feeling it. Then, leadership development coach Amy Jen Su gives advice for getting into a mindset that primes us to experience joy and function better all around.

Family Management: Meet the Parents

April 05, 2021 21:06 - 18 minutes - 17 MB

Erica and Kevin show snapshots of life for them these days — basically, frantically working when not giving their all to childcare. They discuss how they’re handling the latest challenges working parenthood has thrown at them, highlighting tools and tips that are helping them cope.

Introducing a Pick-Me-Up for Moms and Dads

March 31, 2021 20:37 - 5 minutes - 4.78 MB

Amy Gallo introduces Erica Truxler and Kevin Evers, two HBR editors hosting a series in which they confront the challenges of managing everything and everyone.

May We Recommend…Coaching Real Leaders

February 01, 2021 14:40 - 40 minutes - 37.5 MB

Leadership coach Muriel Wilkins has shared her wisdom on our show multiple times. Now you can listen to and grow from it regularly through Muriel’s new podcast, Coaching Real Leaders. The show takes you inside real-life coaching sessions with executives who’ve hit a bump in the road. In this episode, Muriel speaks with a VP who’s been passed over for a promotion and needs help figuring out how to overcome the setback and get to where she wants to be.

We Answer Questions from Early Career Listeners

December 21, 2020 21:18 - 22 minutes - 22.3 MB

We talk through questions from listeners seeking advice on the challenges they’re facing early in their career — from being excluded from meetings to how to be more assertive.

Welcome Back to Remote Work, New Moms

December 14, 2020 21:59 - 41 minutes - 39.6 MB

Coming back to work after parental leave, after having a baby during a pandemic, when you and your colleagues are still working remotely — is complicated. Our colleague describes how she’s approaching remote reentry, and we turn to an expert on all things career and motherhood for guidance on handling childcare, boundaries, and professional relationships during this transition.

When You Need Time Off for Health Reasons

December 07, 2020 17:48 - 30 minutes - 29.9 MB

After a team member of ours faced a serious medical problem, we recognized how little guidance there was for communicating a health crisis or chronic illness. We talk through common decisions, fears, and conversations.

Has Anything Changed for Black Women at Work?

November 30, 2020 19:12 - 54 minutes - 51.9 MB

As we wait for company leaders to make good on the anti-racism commitments they made earlier this year, we check in with four Black women about how their work lives have and haven’t changed. Then we talk with an expert who helps us understand how to keep pushing forward and supporting our Black colleagues while we wait for long-overdue change.

When You’re Ready for a Big Career Move

November 23, 2020 19:01 - 29 minutes - 28.9 MB

Sometimes you want to make a career change, like a big one. We hear from a woman who is in the process of navigating a bold transition. Then we talk with an expert about how to clarify your goals and ask for what you need to make your next move.

Let’s Take Our Side Gigs Off the Back-Burner

November 16, 2020 18:17 - 36 minutes - 35 MB

With the help of an expert in side gigs, Emily confronts the hobbies, projects, and pursuits that she’s neglected, in hopes of helping herself and others invest in interests outside of a full-time job.

Now Is a Good Time to Take Care of Ourselves

November 09, 2020 17:10 - 57 minutes - 54.4 MB

We’re wiped out and finding it tough to stay focused, present, and optimistic. So we decided to revisit conversations that explore how and why we get worn out and that have advice for building ourselves back up.

How Women Who’ve Lost Work Are Coping

November 02, 2020 16:25 - 25 minutes - 24.6 MB

Three women who’ve lost work because of the pandemic open up about how they’re processing what's happened and finding a way forward

Going Back to the Office

October 26, 2020 19:05 - 31 minutes - 30.6 MB

As offices — including HBR’s — carefully reopen after being closed for months because of the pandemic, we describe what it’s like there and discuss the risks and rewards of being back in person.

Too Shy to Be a Leader?

October 19, 2020 18:00 - 39 minutes - 37.5 MB

One woman’s struggle with shyness prompts us to explore the seeming conflict between being shy and being a leader. We offer strategies for overcoming anxieties that may be keeping you from going after your career goals, as well as advice for supporting socially anxious colleagues. Guest: Alice Boyes.

How Mothers WFH Are Negotiating What’s Normal

October 12, 2020 18:02 - 51 minutes - 47 MB

We continue tracking the ways the pandemic is impacting women’s lives and careers, and discuss how to not only manage the challenges but also shape a more equitable future. Guests: Kathleen McGinn and Katherine Goldstein.

All the Help We Can Get

October 05, 2020 19:34 - 47 minutes - 44.8 MB

Women don’t always feel entitled to ask for help at work — even when we need it the most. But Heidi Grant says asking has psychological benefits for you and your colleagues. She explains how to approach your request strategically and why lending a hand to others can be good for you too.

Introducing Season 6

September 24, 2020 15:10 - 1 minute - 1.75 MB

Women at Work returns October 5 with candid conversations and practical advice that’ll help get you through the messiness of 2020. Plus, we have a new host!

Starting Your Career in a Pandemic

June 22, 2020 18:27 - 48 minutes - 46.2 MB

Young women who are wrestling with the impact of the coronavirus crisis on their early-stage careers share how they’re managing the unfamiliar and unexpected. Plus a career coach gives advice for young women striving to establish themselves at work in less than optimal circumstances. Guests: Rachel Bronstein, Nina Jones, Hana Ayoub, and Alex Hemmer. Our theme music is Matt Hill’s “City In Motion,” provided by Audio Network.

Unpause Yourself

June 15, 2020 18:20 - 42 minutes - 40.4 MB

We reflect on what moving ahead means now and give advice on when and how we should be pushing ourselves, as well as ways to protect a job you love. Guests: Kathleen McGinn and Daisy Wademan Dowling. Our theme music is Matt Hill’s “City In Motion,” provided by Audio Network.

Sisterhood Is Critical to Racial Justice

June 08, 2020 18:36 - 1 hour - 59.6 MB

To push for a racially just workplace, white women must put in the effort to understand black women’s experiences. We talk about what has historically driven women of different races apart at work and about how we can stick together and support one another. Guests: Ella Bell Smith, Stella Nkomo, Tina Opie, and Verónica Rabelo. Our theme music is Matt Hill’s “City In Motion,” provided by Audio Network.

Helping Men Help Us

June 01, 2020 19:24 - 46 minutes - 43.3 MB

We get an update on what men are doing or should be doing to support the women they work with. And we talk about our role in helping them help us. Guests: Brad Johnson, David Smith, and Lily Zheng. Our theme music is Matt Hill’s “City In Motion,” provided by Audio Network.

Working Through Menopause (at Work)

May 25, 2020 14:00 - 37 minutes - 36.2 MB

We talk about why menopause shouldn’t be a taboo topic at work, how managers can be supportive, and what to say when you’re having a hot flash in the middle of a meeting. Guests: Dr. Heather Hirsch, Jeneva Patterson, and Tina Opie. Our theme music is Matt Hill’s “City In Motion,” provided by Audio Network.

Advice for Less Than Optimal Circumstances

May 18, 2020 18:11 - 40 minutes - 38.5 MB

We talk through questions from listeners seeking advice on dealing with the challenges they’re facing right now—from how to handle pandemic-related burnout to how to increase their company’s diversity in hiring. Guest: Alison Beard. Our theme music is Matt Hill’s “City In Motion,” provided by Audio Network.