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.
The Essentials: Making Sound Decisions
A dentist joins Amy Gallo to ask a behavioral scientist about the fundamentals of sound decision making: when to use a process, how to handle resistance to a call you’ve made, and making peace with a tough call.
The Essentials: Getting the Feedback You Need
We need actionable, useful feedback to grow and advance professionally. But our guest, an aerospace engineer, hasn’t received any of that for years, and she feels like she’s missing out on information that would clarify her standing at her company and secure her future success there. We bring in Ella Bell, an expert on interpersonal communication and organizational behavior, to offer advice, including suggestions on how to respond to, make sense of, and act on feedback you receive.
The Essentials: Managing Projects
What’s a project charter? Why does this one person keep trying to derail our progress? Are our planning meetings effective? How do I actually get people to follow through? Figuring out how to successfully manage a project can make any professional’s head spin. One woman, new to this type of work, shares the challenges she’s already facing, including uncertainty, interpersonal conflict, and lack of responsiveness from the team. And an experienced project manager shares tips for motivating and influencing others, communicating effectively, and solving problems.
The Essentials: Playing Office Politics
Everyone at work has their own priorities, concerns, and agendas, and knowing what those are allows us to navigate meetings and projects more deliberately and successfully. Organizational psychologist Madeleine Wyatt explains the interrelated skills that enable us to influence others, in conversation with a transportation planner who’s trying to figure out how to maneuver her way up in an often-exclusionary, male-dominated industry.
Season 8 Highlights — and a Host Reunion!
Former co-hosts Sarah, Nicole, and Emily reunite with the Amys to talk through the insights and advice that most resonated with them from this season, from how they gained their team’s trust as a first-time manager to how they’re now thinking about retirement. They also share how they’ve been doing since they left the show and HBR.
How to Push for Policy Changes at Your Company
Want to modernize a program or enact a policy that would benefit women in your workplace, but don’t know where to begin? Learn how to build a grassroots initiative, no matter your job title. Two experts in systemic, organizational change explain the many different roles critical to sustaining a movement. They also share tried-and-true ways to keep everyone invested in the cause, aligned, and on track.
I found the entire series very useful, but I wanted to highlight the episode re supporting employees with children with mental health challenges. I’ve gone through this in the past three years with various leadership teams and who is on top makes a world of a difference in my own performance at work and trying to manage making sure I’m bringing my a game to work and to ensuring my children have what they need to thrive.
Love this new series
I love this new series with Amy Gallo: Getting Along. The practical tips and reframing are so much more powerful in this “call-in consultation” format. I especially loved the Tormentor episode, as I had a similar work situation to the caller, and found the insights and techniques powerful, insightful, validating (and challenging).
Always adding value to the workplace
The hosts of the Women at Work podcast consistently offer a different viewpoint on a multitude of topics. Although I might not personally carry each opinion, I always enjoy the podcast because it shows me how someone else may think about something. Definitely a must listen!