45 episodes

You spend a quarter of your life at work. You should enjoy it! Organizational psychologist Adam Grant takes you inside the minds of some of the world’s most unusual professionals to discover the keys to a better work life. From learning how to love your rivals to harnessing the power of frustration, one thing’s for sure: You’ll never see your job the same way again.

WorkLife with Adam Grant TED Talks

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 8.1K Ratings

You spend a quarter of your life at work. You should enjoy it! Organizational psychologist Adam Grant takes you inside the minds of some of the world’s most unusual professionals to discover the keys to a better work life. From learning how to love your rivals to harnessing the power of frustration, one thing’s for sure: You’ll never see your job the same way again.

    Why it Pays to Raise Pay

    Why it Pays to Raise Pay

    When employees are paid more, they give more. Going above market pay might sound like a fantasy, but in a growing number of companies it’s becoming a profitable reality. Peek inside workplaces that have reinvented their pay structures to give employees their worth and more—and explore the science of how it can pay off for everyone in the long run. Find the full text transcript for this episode at go.ted.com/WLTranscript47

    • 44 min
    Dax Shepard Doesn't Believe in Regret

    Dax Shepard Doesn't Believe in Regret

    Comedian, actor, and Armchair Expert host Dax Shepard steps into the hot seat for a conversation with Adam on Clubhouse. They discuss what he's learned over the course of 300+ interviews, how he thinks about humor at work, and how he’s rethought his views on masculinity. They also field questions from past WorkLife guests like Malcolm Gladwell and Kat Cole. You can find the full transcript for this episode at go.ted.com/WLTranscript46

    • 45 min
    Bonus: That Blah You’re Feeling Is Called Languishing

    Bonus: That Blah You’re Feeling Is Called Languishing

    Adam wrote a viral article for The New York Times on a feeling many of us are struggling with right now. It's somewhere between burnout and depression: languishing. This neglected middle child of mental health can dull your motivation and focus—and it may be the dominant emotion of 2021.

    This article originally appeared in The New York Times on April 19, 2021, with the headline, 'There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing'. To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android. The producer for NYT was Kate Winslett, and the producer for TED was Sheena Ozaki.

    • 9 min
    Glennon Doyle Wants you to Abandon Identity

    Glennon Doyle Wants you to Abandon Identity

    Author and activist Glennon Doyle used to say “I am a Christian. I am straight. I am an addict.” Now she simply says “I am.” In this episode, Doyle sits down with Adam to discuss letting go of past identities — and rethinking the idea of identity as a whole. They explore insights from Doyle’s bestselling book, Untamed, on dealing with unpleasant emotions, redefining weaknesses and redefining ourselves. Warning: their conversation might lead you to start redefining yourself. You can find the full transcript at go.ted.com/WLTranscript45

    • 38 min
    Building an Anti-Racist Workplace

    Building an Anti-Racist Workplace

    Over the last year, in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, many companies have paid lip service to anti-racism. But what does it actually take to change individuals — and the structures and cultures of organizations? In the first of two episodes on bias, psychologist John Amaechi shares powerful insights on inclusion — and several experts weigh in on the latest science of privilege, allyship, and opportunity at work. A key takeaway: your culture is defined by the worst behavior you tolerate. For the transcript for this episode, head to go.ted.com/WLTranscript44

    • 50 min
    The Science of Productive Conflict

    The Science of Productive Conflict

    Whether it's over a project, politics, or pizza toppings, conflict with colleagues is inevitable. The goal is not to eliminate it; it’s to handle it better. There’s a whole science of managing individual and team conflicts, and it suggests that we don’t have to agree to disagree. We need to start by understanding what our clashes are actually about—because often, we’re not arguing about what we THINK we’re arguing about at all. For the transcript of this episode, head to  go.ted.com/WLTranscript43

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
8.1K Ratings

8.1K Ratings

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Adams approach to work life

Adam Grant brings up important questions to topics that keeps the listeners engaged and interested in his talks that are on the longer side of podcasts. I wish these talks he does where twice a week to receive more content from Adam.

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So good, so relatable

I want to go back for another degree just so I can take classes from Adam. Work not sucking is so important!

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