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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 with our friends and family. Hosts Liz Dolan and Rico Gagliano give advice on everything from how to avoid burnout on the job to how to fake an illness when you're calling in sick. We also talk to experts about those moments at the office that can challenge the best of us: negotiating raises, knowing when it’s time to move on...or dealing with that annoying office mate with no boundaries. From Wondery, the network behind Business Wars, Safe For Work is helpful career advice that's lively and fun, just like your work life should be. In every episode, Liz and Rico talks with callers, business leaders and noted know-it-alls who share their hard-earned wisdom from the trenches. Liz Dolan is the former head of marketing at Nike, The Oprah Winfrey Network and National Geographic and host of the podcast Satellite Sisters. Rico Gagliano is a contributor to The Wall Street Journal, former host of podcast Dinner Party Download, reporter on the public radio show Marketplace, and co-author of BRUNCH IS HELL.

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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 with our friends and family. Hosts Liz Dolan and Rico Gagliano give advice on everything from how to avoid burnout on the job to how to fake an illness when you're calling in sick. We also talk to experts about those moments at the office that can challenge the best of us: negotiating raises, knowing when it’s time to move on...or dealing with that annoying office mate with no boundaries. From Wondery, the network behind Business Wars, Safe For Work is helpful career advice that's lively and fun, just like your work life should be. In every episode, Liz and Rico talks with callers, business leaders and noted know-it-alls who share their hard-earned wisdom from the trenches. Liz Dolan is the former head of marketing at Nike, The Oprah Winfrey Network and National Geographic and host of the podcast Satellite Sisters. Rico Gagliano is a contributor to The Wall Street Journal, former host of podcast Dinner Party Download, reporter on the public radio show Marketplace, and co-author of BRUNCH IS HELL.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
569 Ratings

569 Ratings

Lorelski ,

Update... Now it's Safe For Work

By the podcast's own definition, "Safe for Work" is *not* about helping you "crush it" at work—it is about overcoming obstacles, finding your voice, siezing the right opportunities, and attaining satisfaction in your work while balancing it with the rest of your life. Sure, if you're looking for a promotion or a raise, the cohosts (Liz & Matt) will help you with that, but they are bottom-line interested in your finding a healthy workstyle (my words).

This reincarnation of what was once the "I Hate My Boss" podcast has many improvements. For one, they axed the adorable but really not helpful comedy sketches from the old podcast. Liz Dolan remains a terrific cohost: nimble, humane, experienced and knowledgeable. And when she doesn't know something, she admits it. Filling in the knowledge gaps are professionals on different aspects of work/life. I particularly appreciate the insights drawn from the psychologists/therapists that have been enlisted. The old cohost, Larry, comes back to provide coaching as well. As for the new cohost, Matt Ritter, he's slighty qualified in that he has done some recruiting work, not really an expert in the field, but he has a good personality and not a self-promoter—quite refreshing. I appreciate the "call-in" segments. as well.

I've been listening to this podcast through each of its various incarnations and, while I've always enjoyed the show, I have to say it's hit its stride with the addition of Rico Gagliano to the show. Rico is the best cohost that the already superb Liz Dolan has ever had of the podcast. I am a freelancer so I'm not exactly the target audience for Safe for Work, but I still get a lot out of it through Liz & Rico's insights and from "the trenches" when the two hosts answer questions for those who "call in."

Besides the call-ins, I usually enjoy the foundation info delivered on SFW. The use of experts seems judicious, especially when mental health professionals contribute. Some of the folks they interview—often authors hawking their new books—seem a bit narrow and trendy, but it's fine to hear from another county now and then. I do find some of their formula features (there's one that uses quotes from movies and TV) to be unnecessarily cute, but it may appeal to other listeners, and there is usually some interesting topic being covered during those features.

I hope the pet peeves I've listed above don't overshadow my enthusiasm and appreciation for SFW, it's purpose, its hosts and their delivery. It really is thoughtful and constructive, and most listeners should find it riveting. Thanks, Wondery, for supporting this great podcast!

NOTE:My comment below from my previous review still holds true:

One of the other reviewers complains that this podcast seems only to be for those working in the corporate environment. SFW doesn't claim to be anything else, but it does make me think that Wondry would do well to create a podcast for those who don't work in that environment: service workers, factory workers, etc. I don't work in those industries but I would love to listen to a podcast about that as well. It's all about people, people!

embracelifedaily ,

Love love love this!!

This is the best podcast! It delights me every episode. Liz and Rico are hilarious and so entertaining. I tell all my friends to listen in, learn something new, get great advice and laugh your commute away.

Keep up the fabulous work -you help fill this world with work joy 😃

Sarah

GeorgiaKnittingLady ,

Great career podcast!

I learn something new every episode. Love the listener questions and your guests input too. It seems no what the field, the same issues exist. Listening to this every Monday morning gives me a boost to face the week! Thanks!!

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