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An advice show that reminds you that while your office may be crazy, you don’t have to be. Helmed by office MVPs and corporate veterans Liz Dolan (ex-CMO, Nike, NatGeo, Oprah Winfrey Network) and Matt Ritter (lawyer-turned-comedian) will help you make the big decisions, sort through the small stuff, and get more fulfillment from your work life.

An advice show that reminds you that while your office may be crazy, you don’t have to be. Helmed by office MVPs and corporate veterans Liz Dolan (ex-CMO, Nike, NatGeo, Oprah Winfrey Network) and Matt Ritter (lawyer-turned-comedian) will help you make the big decisions, sort through the small stuff, and get more fulfillment from your work life.
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An advice show that reminds you that while your office may be crazy, you don’t have to be. Helmed by office MVPs and corporate veterans Liz Dolan (ex-CMO, Nike, NatGeo, Oprah Winfrey Network) and Matt Ritter (lawyer-turned-comedian) will help you make the big decisions, sort through the small stuff, and get more fulfillment from your work life.




How to talk about illnesses in the office

Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo joins us once again, this time talking about the sensitive subject of illnesses and chronic conditions at work — from the best ways to support a coworker dealing with one, to how to disclose them to one’s boss. Listener Jessica can’t seem to get along with a coworker who might become her boss, while Nate’s manager isn’t giving him any feedback or making him a priority. And today’s Mind the Gap covers frequent office nightmares like farewell cards, office smalltalk, and...


Using Myers-Briggs Responsibly At Work

On today’s show, Coach Larry Seal breaks down all the ways that Myers-Briggs can be used responsibly in the workplace, and why some companies’ insistence on using it as a hiring or team-building tool is a mistake. Then, etiquette experts Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning offer their advice on how to get that chatty coworker to leave you alone. And Liz and Rico help a listener who’s trying to overhaul the communication culture at her job all by herself. To find your Myers-Briggs type, you...


Avoiding Workplace Envy

Executive coach and author Susan Peppercorn joins us on this episode to give her top 5 tips on avoiding or getting over envy in the workplace. Then, we’ve all heard the advice “never say no” when it comes to work; but is it actually good advice? Our sage hosts will decide. And, as always, we help you, our lovely listeners: Christa’s dealing with a potential case of plagiarism at her agency, while Scott’s trying to decide if it’s the right time to leave his poorly-run company. To find out...


Stopping Burnout Before You Get Burned

Today, our own Dr. Stephen Danisger joins us to diagnose the early warning signs for workplace burnout, and what to do to prevent yourself from getting burnt out at work. Then, Liz and Rico help some listeners: Sarah has to talk to her supervisors about getting ergonomic furniture at the office, and an anonymous emailer is attempting to avoid burnout by looking for work overseas. And a pair of etiquette experts critiques our sage hosts on their responses to some common workplace pitfalls in...


Working With Your Inner Critic

Our featured guest on today’s show is Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, who gives us her advice on how to live with that nagging little voice in your head: the pesky inner critic. Then, Liz and Rico help a listener who’s never negotiated for herself before. And our hosts continue everyone’s favorite waking nightmare of corporate jargon in today’s Lingo Bingo. Find out more about what your inner critic is saying to you by taking Dr. E’s quiz at If you've got a burning workplace...


Confronting Bias In The Workplace

On today’s show, NYU professor/author Dolly Chugh joins us to talk about the ways to identify and overcome bias — unintentional or otherwise — in the workplace. Then, Liz and Rico help a listener who’s dealing with some bias-infused feedback at work. And we get some job posting wisdom straight from the source of the crew at ZipRecruiter. Find out more about Dolly Chugh’s book, “The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias,” here: If you've got a...


Happiness is Good Feedback

Our man on the inside, Coach Larry joins us on this episode for the dos and dont’s of giving — and receiving — feedback at work: from how to encourage an underperforming employee, to the steps to create a better environment for consistent, helpful feedback in the office. Then, Liz and Rico noodle their way through another Lingo Bingo, and an etiquette expert helps us deal with a real stumper of a question. If you've got a burning workplace question and need some advice, don't hesitate to...


Back To Work After A Baby

On today’s episode, writer/entrepreneur Allyson Downey joins us with her most important advice for women coming back to work after having kids. Then, Liz and Rico finally hit some bumps in the road in Mind the Gap. And we help some of you, our lovely listeners: Mia’s trying to negotiate a raise, but she might be feeling too grateful to her company, and Krista’s having trouble setting boundaries with her classroom budget. Additional reading: — Find out more about Allyson’s book here:...


SFW Live: Embracing unpredictability with Patty McCord

A couple of weeks ago, we had the pleasure of hosting a live Safe For Work taping for Women in Cable Telecommunications at the offices of Boingo Wireless in Los Angeles. There, Liz and Rico talked with Patty McCord, former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix, about how to treat employees like adults, and how interviewing is the most important skill you’ll need for your career. Then, Boingo’s CMO Dawn Callahan gives us her five tips on going with the flow when your career takes an unexpected...


Resumes, cover letters, and interviews, oh my!

On today’s show, Liz and Rico cover the bases on how to make an appealing resume, write a stellar cover letter, and ace your job interview. First, resume and cover letter Ali B. Gant gives us the do’s and dont’s for resumes these days. Then, Ladan Hayes of Career Builder joins us to go over what you should and shouldn’t disclose in a job interview. Additional reading: — —...


A freelancer’s guide to work-life balance

Coach Larry Seal joins us once again to discuss matters of work-life balance, but today we’re focusing on how to have a healthy relationship with your work...when you’re your own boss. Then, Liz and Rico set the record straight on some bad advice about unpaid internships, and they debate some of the eternal workplace questions, like “how early should you arrive before a job interview,” in today’s Mind the Gap. If you've got a burning workplace question and need some advice, don't hesitate...


Establishing work-life balance

On today's show, Coach Larry Seal gives us his tips for setting boundaries at work when your work-life balance is out of whack, plus how to tell if a workplace encourages a healthy balance between work and the rest of your life. Then, Liz and Rico commiserate over the traumatic experience of watching "Up in the Air," and we help two callers who can't seem to establish good work-life balance. If you've got a burning workplace question and need some advice, don't hesitate to send us an email!...


Gossip at work...can be good?

Okay, let's make this clear from the top: we here at Safe For Work are not staunch supporters of office gossip. From the office politics of peddling secrets, to the ease with which gossip can breed cliques and cabals, there are plenty of pitfalls when it comes to workplace gossip. But on today's episode, Amy Gallo of the Harvard Business Review makes some very compelling points as to why gossip can be...well, good! Then, Liz and Rico rail against the verbiage of the corporate world in...


Meeting a new coworker

Liz and the rest of us here at Safe For Work have a new coworker in our midst — his name is Rico Gagliano, and he’s going to be the new co-host here. And with Rico’s arrival, we were all wondering: what’s the best way to actually get to know a new coworker? So on today’s show, Liz and Rico talk about the things that have worked for them when they’ve been the new kid on the block, as well as their tips for making a new employee on your team feel welcome (hint: bonding at work DOES NOT have to...


Liz Has a New Co-Host!

Rico Gagliano joins Liz Dolan as the co-host of Safe For Work. We’ll be back with new episodes on July 16th, starring Liz and Rico.


Surviving toxic coworkers

There are so many kinds of toxic coworkers out there, but on today's show, we're focusing on living with those annoying coworkers that everyone loves to hate: from know-it-alls to the dude in the next cube who simply can't be quiet, these people aren't quite evil...but they sure can be a headache. So our very own Coach Larry Seal joins us to give his survival guide for the annoying coworkers in your office. Then Liz and Matt debate another round of incredibly important workplace questions —...


Substance Abuse

We've talked about it on the show before, but it bears repeating that work is super stressful and we all cope with that stress differently. However, there are ways to deal with stress that are healthy and productive, and then there are releases that are unhealthy and dangerous. And when you see a coworker struggling with substance abuse or addiction, what can you actually do? On today's episode, Dr. Stephen Dansiger gives us the steps you can take when you want to help a struggling coworker....


Challenging Workplace Culture

People talk a lot about how hard it is to change just one of your coworkers, so it makes sense that it's so difficult to challenge the wider culture at a company, especially when that culture reinforces its employees' toxic behavior. So on today's show, Liz and Matt start by talking about why the Women's Revolt at Nike is such a big deal, and how collective action spurred such a large change within that company. Then, Liz talks with author Jonah Sachs, whose new book, "Unsafe Thinking: How...


Office Romance

We spend sooo much time at work that it’s only natural for romance to bloom between coworkers. That being said, the world of workplace relationships is fraught with pitfalls and all-too-common mistakes, so on today’s episode, we’re going over all the do’s and don’ts of dating at work. Meredith Goldstein, advice columnist at The Boston Globe and host of the podcast “Love Letters,” joins us to talk about how her ill-fated office romance shaped the advice she gives to her readers. Later in the...


Building and Fixing Trust

You might’ve heard a saying that goes like, “If you want something done right, you’ve gotta do it yourself.” It’s catchy, but those aren’t realistic words to live by, especially in the workplace. So on today’s episode, we’re getting over our DIY mindsets and learning how to build trust at work — and how to fix breakdowns in trust. Our very own Coach Larry Seal is here to walk us through how he coaches employees and executives alike to build a more trusting environment at work, and...