Safe For Work

How do you speak up without bragging? What do you do if your boss takes credit for your idea? Should you use a standing desk or sitting desk? Corporate MVP Liz Dolan and Rico Gagliano (former host of "Dinner Party Download") help you make the big decisions, sort through the small stuff, and get more fulfillment from your work life. Liz is the former head of marketing for Nike, NatGeo, and the Oprah Winfrey Network, while Rico learned about the workplace as a former reporter for Marketplace and a contributor to the Wall Street Journal. Liz and Rico will talk to expert guests and take your calls, will help you find happiness in your work life and answer your burning workplace questions. Or maybe once you've heard other callers' problems, you'll realize that yours aren’t that bad after all. Safe for Work: job stress, life relief.

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<p>How do you speak up without bragging? What do you do if your boss takes credit for your idea? Should you use a standing desk or sitting desk? Corporate MVP Liz Dolan and Rico Gagliano (former host of "Dinner Party Download") help you make the big decisions, sort through the small stuff, and get more fulfillment from your work life. Liz is the former head of marketing for Nike, NatGeo, and the Oprah Winfrey Network, while Rico learned about the workplace as a former reporter for Marketplace and a contributor to the Wall Street Journal. Liz and Rico will talk to expert guests and take your calls, will help you find happiness in your work life and answer your burning workplace questions. Or maybe once you've heard other callers' problems, you'll realize that yours aren’t that bad after all. Safe for Work: job stress, life relief.</p>
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How To Tackle Tricky Conversations At Work

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Liz and Rico Take YOUR Calls, Dear Listeners!

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Preparing For The Future of Work

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Finding Comedy in a Workplace Battlefield

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Resume Solutions For Gaps In Employment

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Eat Healthy, Even With The Boss

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An Inside Look At The Cannabis Biz

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Making Work Meetings Count

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The Secret To Managing Your Remote Team

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Is Rage Quitting Ever Worth It?

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Happy Birthday, Coach Larry!

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The Problem With ‘Work/Life Balance’

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How To Deal With Friction In The Workplace

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Squashing Public Speaking Fears

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Too Eager? How To Keep Your Cool In An Interview

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Negotiating For What You Really Want

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Tackling Ethical Dilemmas at Work

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Accepting Feedback Gracefully

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Bouncing Back From Failure

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The Art Of Office Space Intervention

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Achieving The Ever-Elusive Work-Life Balance

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Introducing Rico's New Podcast, One Plus One

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Avoiding Burnout When You’re Always Available

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Alternatives To Going Nuclear

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How To Succeed As A New Manager

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Finding Security & Conquering Unhealthy Attachment Styles

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“Modern Elders” And Making Age An Asset At Work

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Preparing For The Future Of Work

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Making An Action Plan For 2019

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