25 episodes

MindYourWork is a podcast about investigating and understanding the human aspects of work through science. Scientists have uncovered important and interesting insights about work that many of us don’t ever get to hear. Research on people at work is also advancing rapidly making it hard to keep up. The hosts, Nicholas Bremner and Jose Espinoza, are Industrial/Organizational Psychologists and they dive into the research aiming to inform, educate, and entertain. They sum up what scientists know, how it’s being applied, and how it could affect us in the future.

MindYourWork Jose Espinoza; Nicholas Bremner

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MindYourWork is a podcast about investigating and understanding the human aspects of work through science. Scientists have uncovered important and interesting insights about work that many of us don’t ever get to hear. Research on people at work is also advancing rapidly making it hard to keep up. The hosts, Nicholas Bremner and Jose Espinoza, are Industrial/Organizational Psychologists and they dive into the research aiming to inform, educate, and entertain. They sum up what scientists know, how it’s being applied, and how it could affect us in the future.

    MYW S02 Episode 06 – Mentorship

    MYW S02 Episode 06 – Mentorship

    Mentorship is a well-known concept that is ubiquitous in organizations and frequently depicted in popular media (remember Master Yoda? “Do. Or do not. There is no try”). This is for good reason as mentors are the teachers, guides, and confidants who help us grow and reach our potential. In this episode, we discuss the research behind mentorship in the workplace. We outline some of the benefits of mentoring for mentees, the mentors themselves, and organizations. We also discuss some alternative forms of mentoring, such as sponsorship and “reverse mentoring”.

        

    Timestamps:

    1:28: What is mentorship?

    3:20: Formal vs informal mentorship

    6:23: Benefits of mentoring for individuals

    10:02: Benefits of mentoring for organizations

    11:27: How to get the most of your mentorship program

    13:20: Alternatives to mentorship programs

    24:45: This is Not Homework ­– What could you offer to others as a mentor?

        

    Mentioned This Episode:

    HBR Article – Why Reverse Mentoring Works and How to Do It Right

    Reverse Mentoring: A Social Exchange Tool for Keeping the Boomers Engaged and Millennials Committed

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    Credits:

    Our intro and outro music is “Ingenuity” by Lee Rosevere, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC 3.0). You can find more of Lee’s music at https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com/. https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com/. Our transition music for this episode is "Looking Back” also by Lee; licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC 3.0).

        

    Logo Artwork by Antonella Espinoza. Find her at @ellaspin on Twitter!

    • 26 min
    MYW Unscripted Episode 08 – Cognitive Enhancing Drugs

    MYW Unscripted Episode 08 – Cognitive Enhancing Drugs

    In this episode, Jose and Nicholas discuss the thorny ethical issue of cognitive enhancement in the workplace. They cover what constitutes pharmacological cognitive enhancement (or PCE), talk about the norms around drug use, and explain how organizations benefit. They also discuss some of the reasons for, and against, the use of cognitive performance enhancing drugs in society.

        

    Timestamps:

    0:36: What is pharmacological cognitive enhancement (PCE)?

    3:55: Pressure to cognitively enhance and social norms

    7:05: Is PCE ethical?

    14:47: The case for cognitive enhancement

    16:26: Key takeaways

        

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    Pro-cognitive enhancement article - https://www.researchgate.net/publication/23627947_Towards_responsible_use_of_cognitive-enhancing_drugs_by_the_healthy

        

    Credits:

    Our intro and outro music for Unscripted is “Pamgaea” by Kevin McLeod, licensed under licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. You can find more of Kevin’s music at incompetech.com.

    Logo Artwork by Antonella Espinoza. Find her at @ellaspin on Twitter!

    • 20 min
    MYW Unscripted Episode 07 – What is Crunch Mode and Why is it Terrible

    MYW Unscripted Episode 07 – What is Crunch Mode and Why is it Terrible

    “Crunch Mode” may sound like a fun breakfast cereal, but it’s actually kind of a bummer. Crunch Mode is a controversial labour practice that is common in the video game industry. It involves long hours, high amounts of stress, and no extra pay. In this episode, Jose and Nicholas talk about where Crunch Mode came from, why it is so bad, and what could be done about it.

     

    Timestamps:

    0:40: What is Crunch Mode?

    2:15: The rise of awareness of Crunch Mode

    3:43: What are the specifics behind Crunch Mode?

    8:42: What’s so bad about Crunch Mode?

    14:27: How do we change this practice in the industry?

    16:05: Key takeaways

     

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    Original Crunch Mode blog entry - https://ea-spouse.livejournal.com/

    Patriot Act Episode on Crunch Mode - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLAi_cmly6Q

    Kotaku article on Crunch Mode - https://kotaku.com/inside-rockstar-games-culture-of-crunch-1829936466

    Kotaku article on hiring cycles: https://kotaku.com/why-game-developers-keep-getting-laid-off-1583192249

     

    Credits:

    Our intro and outro music for Unscripted is “Pamgaea” by Kevin McLeod, licensed under licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. You can find more of Kevin’s music at incompetech.com.

    Logo Artwork by Antonella Espinoza. Find her at @ellaspin on Twitter!

    • 22 min
    MYW Unscripted Episode 06 – Pay Transparency

    MYW Unscripted Episode 06 – Pay Transparency

    In this episode of Unscripted, Jose and Nicholas discuss their thoughts on the taboo of talking about pay with your coworkers. They cover their own ideas as to why this taboo is so prevalent, how it negatively impacts workers, and what organizations have to gain from being more transparent about what and how they pay their employees.

     

    Timestamps:

    00:20: Introduction and why we’re talking about this topic

    2:43: Our feelings on talking about money and why it can be difficult

    7:30: Why talking about pay is important for employees

    9:34: Can organizations and stakeholders benefit from pay transparency?

    14:28: Pay bands in the context of pay transparency

    16:58: Glass Door and crowd-sourced pay information

    20:55: Our takeaways and wrap-up

     

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    Credits:

    Our intro and outro music for Unscripted is “Pamgaea” by Kevin McLeod, licensed under licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. You can find more of Kevin’s music at incompetech.com.

     

    Logo Artwork by Antonella Espinoza. Find her at @ellaspin on Twitter!

    • 24 min
    MYW S02 Episode 05 – The Importance of Sleep

    MYW S02 Episode 05 – The Importance of Sleep

    We all know getting enough sleep is important, but a good night’s rest is often one of the first things we skip out on when life gets busy. In this episode, we cover the intersection between sleep and work. We outline some of the work-related consequences of lacking sleep, explain how work can hinder employees’ sleep, and discuss some of the ways organizations can support their employees’ sleep schedules and wellbeing. We also share some of our own experiences, and challenges, when it comes to sleep hygiene.

        

    Timestamps:

    1:04: Episode outline

    1:52: The consequences of a lack of sleep

    4:01: Why lacking sleep is harmful

    7:16: How work interferes with sleep

    11:01: What can organizations do to support their employees when it comes to sleep?

    14:45: What can we do as individuals to improve our sleep?

    17:28: Our own sleep hygiene practices and personal recommendations for getting a better sleep

    23:12: Sleep tracking applications and This is Not Homework

        

    Mentioned This Episode:

    f.lux - Blue light reducing software

    Felix Gray - blue light blocking glasses

    sleepscore and Sleep Cycle – Sleep tracking applications

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    Credits:

    Our intro and outro music is “Ingenuity” by Lee Rosevere, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC 3.0). You can find more of Lee’s music at https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com/. https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com/. Our transition music for this episode is "Looking Back” also by Lee; licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC 3.0).

        

    Logo Artwork by Antonella Espinoza. Find her at @ellaspin on Twitter!

    • 25 min
    MYW Unscripted Episode 05 – Of Metrics and Interventions Part 2

    MYW Unscripted Episode 05 – Of Metrics and Interventions Part 2

    In the second episode of a two-part series, Jose and Nicholas cover what went wrong with the NYPD’s system for tracking crimes and have a broader discussion around the challenges of picking metrics to incentivize behavior and drive performance.

     

    Timestamps:

    0:40: Brief recap of part 1 and setup for part 2

    1:50: Downsides of applying “The Crime Machine”

    4:37: The problem with chasing metrics

    7:18: Maximum or ceiling value of metrics

    9:09: Danger of focusing on single metrics at the expense of others

    11:16: “The Cobra Effect”

    15:38: Our takeaways and wrap-up

     

    Mentioned This Episode:

    Reply All: The Crime Machine Part I – https://gimletmedia.com/shows/reply-all/o2hx34/

    Reply All: The Crime Machine Part II – https://gimletmedia.com/shows/reply-all/n8hwl7/

    mindyourworkpodcast@gmail.com – Email us your ideas here!

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    Mindyourwork.io – Find us here!

     

    Credits:

    Our intro and outro music for Unscripted is “Pamgaea” by Kevin McLeod, licensed under licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. You can find more of Kevin’s music at incompetech.com.

     

    Logo Artwork by Antonella Espinoza. Find her at @ellaspin on Twitter!

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

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Awesome podcast

As someone who studies IO Psychology, I love listening to this podcast because it breaks down research in a palatable manner.

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