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You spend more time at your job than just about anywhere else. Game Plan, a weekly show hosted by Bloomberg reporter Rebecca Greenfield and editor Francesca Levy, takes a close look at the way we live our lives at work. Greenfield and Levy dive into everything from how we started speaking in office jargon to the strategic value of being nice to your colleagues. It turns out that there’s a lot more to say about the office grind than you may have realized.

You spend more time at your job than just about anywhere else. Game Plan, a weekly show hosted by Bloomberg reporter Rebecca Greenfield and editor Francesca Levy, takes a close look at the way we live our lives at work. Greenfield and Levy dive into everything from how we started speaking in office jargon to the strategic value of being nice to your colleagues. It turns out that there’s a lot more to say about the office grind than you may have realized.
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You spend more time at your job than just about anywhere else. Game Plan, a weekly show hosted by Bloomberg reporter Rebecca Greenfield and editor Francesca Levy, takes a close look at the way we live our lives at work. Greenfield and Levy dive into everything from how we started speaking in office jargon to the strategic value of being nice to your colleagues. It turns out that there’s a lot more to say about the office grind than you may have realized.

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Episodes

Travel Genius, a New Show From Bloomberg

11/8/2018
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What’s the most sure-fire way to get a flight upgrade? How can you find the best, secret local restaurants by asking just one question? What's the first thing you should do when you get into a hotel room? On Bloomberg's new podcast Travel Genius, we'll give you those answers—and plenty more—as hosts Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood quiz the world’s most experienced globetrotters for their tried-and-true travel hacks. Listen weekly, and even your work trips will go from a necessary evil to an...

Duration:00:01:50

Prognosis, a New Show From Bloomberg

11/2/2018
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Where does a medical cure come from? 100 years ago, it wasn't uncommon for scientists to test medicines by taking a dose themselves. As medical technologies get cheaper and more accessible, patients and DIY tinkerers are trying something similar—and mainstream medicine is racing to catch up. Prognosis explores the leading edge of medical advances, and asks who gets—or should get—access to them. We look at how innovation happens, when it fails, and what it means to the people with a disease...

Duration:00:01:31

BONUS: The Pay Check, Episode 6

6/13/2018
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So far, the pay gap has proved pretty impossible to solve. But most of us aren’t just going to sit here and accept that we’ll be paid less than men for our entire careers. In the last episode of The Pay Check, host Rebecca Greenfield talks to Gaby Dunn, who hosts her own podcast called Bad With Money, about what she's learned from the many people she's sought advice from on her series. Jordyn Holman also travels to Seattle for the Get Money, Get Paid conference, hosted by a group called...

Duration:00:28:57

BONUS: The Pay Check, Episode 5

6/8/2018
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The pay gap goes way deeper than just men's and women's salaries—that's why just paying women more doesn't solve the problem. In this episode, Claire Suddath talks to Salesforce.com Inc., the San Francisco software company that began doing pay equity audits in 2015 and has found a pay gap every single year. Host Rebecca Greenfield looks at another software company, Fog Creek Software, Inc., and how radical pay transparency is helping equalize salaries. And Ellen Huet reports on Adobe Systems...

Duration:00:24:38

BONUS: The Pay Check, Episode 4

5/30/2018
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Can companies be shamed into closing the pay gap? A new law in the U.K. requires companies with more than 250 employees to publicly disclose their gender pay gaps. More than 10,000 companies reported by the April deadline, revealing differences in median pay of as much as 60 percent in some extreme cases. Now it’s up to companies to decide what, if anything, to do about that. This week, Suzi Ring talks to one company that reported a wide gap, and how that’s changing the way it hires and pays...

Duration:00:27:25

BONUS: The Pay Check, Episode 3

5/23/2018
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Skeptics say the gender pay gap is explained by choices women make about family and career. Rebecca Greenfield unpacks those arguments with the help of professors from Harvard and Georgetown. Then, Jordyn Holman goes inside a contract negotiation between Netflix and the comedian and actress Mo’Nique that went south.

Duration:00:23:20

BONUS: The Pay Check, Episode 2

5/16/2018
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There was a brief moment 150 years ago when it looked like women might get equal pay for equal work. But they didn’t—and that set the standard for decades to come. On this episode of the Pay Check, Rebecca Greenfield revisits a Civil War-era sex scandal that set the stage for the pay gap debates we're having right now. She talks to Claire Suddath about how a century of rules and laws saying what women can and can’t do have made it easy for companies to pay women less. One big reason the...

Duration:00:25:26

BONUS: Listen to The Pay Check

5/9/2018
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In the first episode of The Pay Check, we go deep on pay discrimination. Host Rebecca Greenfield tells us about an equal pay fight in her own family. We take you inside a gender discrimination case against Goldman Sachs that’s been unfolding for over a decade. And we look at how companies magically make their pay gaps disappear—without actually paying women more.

Duration:00:23:56

Our Pettiest Office Complaints, Compiled

12/6/2017
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In our last episode of Game Plan before a hiatus, we cleared our backlog of Half-Baked Takes; the weekly segment in which we give voice to some of our most passionate ideas before thinking them all the way through. Come for the take-down of guessing your co-worker’s age, stay for definitive rulings on the value of sheep and movies.

Duration:00:19:38

How to Get Dressed for Work

11/29/2017
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We'd like to think that what we wear to work doesn't matter, but tons of research has found that it does. Yes, people judge you based on your outfit choices. The right work wear can also make us feel good and enhance our performance. One study found that participants dressed in suits negotiated for more money; another found that formal wear facilitates creative thinking. This week on Game Plan, Rebecca and Francesca learn how to dress well for work. Chris Rovzar, the editorial director...

Duration:00:32:19

How to Get Dressed for Work

11/29/2017
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We'd like to think that what we wear to work doesn't matter, but tons of research has found that it does. Yes, people judge you based on your outfit choices. The right work wear can also make us feel good and enhance our performance. One study found that participants dressed in suits negotiated for more money; another found that formal wear facilitates creative thinking. This week on Game Plan, Rebecca and Francesca learn how to dress well for work. Chris Rovzar, the editorial director of...

Duration:00:32:19

Is Your Personality Right For Your Job?

11/22/2017
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Employers are increasingly putting prospective workers through personality tests. The idea is that certain characteristics lend themselves to certain types of work, and that a straightforward job interview can’t identify them. Rebecca and Francesca talk about how much personality matters at work, and the pitfalls of testing workers. Guest Melissa Dahl discusses her book “Cringeworthy: A Theory of Awkwardness,” and whether awkward types can get a leg up in the workplace.

Duration:00:26:50

Is Your Personality Right For Your Job?

11/22/2017
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Employers are increasingly putting prospective workers through personality tests. The idea is that certain characteristics lend themselves to certain types of work, and that a straightforward job interview can’t identify them. Rebecca and Francesca talk about how much personality matters at work, and the pitfalls of testing workers. Guest Melissa Dahl discusses her book “Cringeworthy: A Theory of Awkwardness,” and whether awkward types can get a leg up in the workplace.

Duration:00:26:50

Anita Hill on Fighting Sexual Harassment

11/15/2017
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The initial allegations against Harvey Weinstein have opened the floodgates for what seems to be an unrelenting stream of sexual harassment claims against the powerful. But this isn’t the first time the country has had to reckon with inappropriate behavior in the workplace. In 1991, Anita Hill testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee about the alleged harassment of Clarence Thomas, who was ultimately confirmed to the Supreme Court. This week, Francesca and Rebecca look back at...

Duration:00:26:51

Anita Hill on Fighting Sexual Harassment

11/15/2017
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The initial allegations against Harvey Weinstein have opened the floodgates for what seems to be an unrelenting stream of sexual harassment claims against the powerful. But this isn’t the first time the country has had to reckon with inappropriate behavior in the workplace. In 1991, Anita Hill testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee about the alleged harassment of Clarence Thomas, who was ultimately confirmed to the Supreme Court. This week, Francesca and Rebecca look back at...

Duration:00:26:51

The People Who Say They Can Save Your Career

11/8/2017
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Career coaches claim to help navigate everything from nailing a tough interview to figuring out what you want to do with your life. Rebecca and Francesca sat down with prominent career coach Vicki Salemi to talk through their own career transitions and find out what really goes on in these sessions.

Duration:00:23:44

The People Who Say They Can Save Your Career

11/8/2017
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Career coaches claim to help navigate everything from nailing a tough interview to figuring out what you want to do with your life. Rebecca and Francesca sat down with prominent career coach Vicki Salemi to talk through their own career transitions and find out what really goes on in these sessions.

Duration:00:23:44

How to Trick Yourself Into Retiring a Multimillionaire

11/1/2017
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Most of us are really bad at thinking about and planning for our retirement. Only a third of Americans contribute to employer-provided 401(k) accounts. And around half have no retirement savings at all. There are lots of forces working against us when it comes to saving up for the future. But never fear, the behavioral economists can save us. See, it’s not our fault that we’re bad at saving: We’re wired to make bad retirement decisions. At least that’s what Steve Wendel, a behavioral...

Duration:00:30:42

How to Trick Yourself Into Retiring a Multimillionaire

11/1/2017
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Most of us are really bad at thinking about and planning for our retirement. Only a third of Americans contribute to employer-provided 401(k) accounts. And around half have no retirement savings at all. There are lots of forces working against us when it comes to saving up for the future. But never fear, the behavioral economists can save us. See, it’s not our fault that we’re bad at saving: We’re wired to make bad retirement decisions. At least that’s what Steve Wendel, a behavioral...

Duration:00:30:42

The Harvey Weinstein in Your Industry

10/25/2017
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After dozens of women accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and harassment over decades, some singled out the Hollywood power structure for criticism. But in recent years, harassment scandals, inequities and patterns of abuse and mistreatment have been uncovered in nearly every field. There are common themes across disciplines, but they each require unique solutions. Becca and Francesca talk to Beth Alpert Nakhai, an archeologist and professor who is working to make digs safer for women.

Duration:00:31:50