Fast Company deputy editor Kathleen Davis takes listeners on a journey through the changing landscape of our work lives. Each episode explores the future of work, including the state of remote and hybrid work amid the return-to-office battle; how AI will change the way we do our jobs; the status of gender equity and DEI efforts; rethinking career ladders and ambition; motivation and what makes work meaningful; and the progress on mental health and disability issues at work. And as if all that isn’t enough, she also shares practical advice for interviews, résumés, and salary negotiations, as well as the latest office jargon, just how useful personality tests really are, and more.
Your biggest career risks
Sometimes, taking a scary, big career risk is the move that changes everything. We asked attendees at the Fast Company Innovation Festival a few months ago to share the biggest career risks they’ve ever taken. We heard everything, from switching to a new industry to dedicating their work to a cause they care about.
Science-based ways to help boost emotional intelligence at work
Emotional intelligence remains a workplace buzzword that confuses many people. On this episode from our LinkedIn Audio series, Farah Harris, author of ‘The Color of Emotional Intelligence,’ discusses how emotional awareness and management play into our office lives. It’s a skill often treated as optional, but mastering emotional intelligence—the ability to manage your emotions and understanding the emotions of those around you—is essential for weathering transitions, maintaining healthy relationships, and communicating clearly.
How do I know if I should quit my job?
Quitting a job is a huge decision, so what are the signs that it’s time to go? Chronic burnout or toxic colleagues might be a few of the red flags.
Forget the midlife crisis. The ‘midlife collision’ is having a huge impact on the workforce
For decades, the typical image of a midlife crisis has been a man buying a sports car or getting a divorce and marrying a younger woman. Whether or not that still rings true, for women in the workplace that has nothing to do with reality. Midlife for women is the time when menopause, family caregiving, career ambitions, and a range of other personal shifts come together. In fact, author and consultant Lucy Ryan calls it the “midlife collision” and advocates for workplaces to offer much more flexibility for women in this stage of life. She says we need to reframe the typical career timeline to include a robust, energetic, and creative period of work later in life, when women with a supportive workplace can adapt to these changes while staying engaged and productive in their jobs.
How to talk about your biggest weakness
"What's your biggest weakness?" remains one of the trickier job interview questions frequently posed to an interviewee. How do you tout your skills and accomplishments while being honest about your challenges?
We spent a week letting AI bots handle our emails and meetings. It didn’t go quite as planned
After hearing from experts about how AI is changing the office, we decided to test out a few AI tools and report back on how they brilliantly changed our workflow. But as it turns out, some of these tools are definitely not ready to deliver the productivity boosts they promise.
Re: Mistakes to avoid when writing your resume.
I found this episode helpful, and especially liked the discussion about including a “Hobby” section at the end, as a way to help telegraph the personality you bring to the table.
Having been on both sides of the hiring process, though, I was surprised that there was no mention of the role of ATS… Applicant Tracking Systems. The tips herein presume that your resume is in the hands of a human being, when in fact, these ATS systems can kick qualified applicants out or to the bottom of the candidate pool, never to be seen by a human eye.
There’s several articles online about these “Hidden Workers” - untapped talent that never get considered because their resumes are never actually looked at.
As a non-millennial, this is a great podcast for leaders as it gives great ideas to consider as we navigate the pandemic. It is slightly offensive that “white men” is used in such a stereotypical fashion of “bad leadership” or “narcissistic behavior”. In fact, this week’s episode used it 5 times. There are exceptional leaders of every race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and political beliefs, likewise there are really bad ones. Leadership has to come from the heart and the brain. Success to me is when I began spending 80% of my time developing and cultivating my employees and 20% of the time working on myself. Contentment comes when you are well-satisfied with the work you’ve done and the legacy left behind.
Gain something every time I listen! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Actionable advice and tangible tips for navigating the ever-changing landscape of work, no matter the industry! You’ll also find the inspiration and insight to grow as a human being. Thanks so much for putting out such a spectacular show- keep up the great work!