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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.




Finding The Right Coach/Therapist For Your Career

A listener of ours wrote in with a question about her burned-out, aimless husband: should he see an executive coach? A life coach? A therapist? Fortunately, we’re pretty tight with an executive coach, our very own Coach Larry Seal, so he joins us today to talk about the strengths of each of these specialists, and how to tell when it’s time to seek some more advice about your career. Then, Liz and Rico help listeners Emily, whose boss is being weirdly resistant to updating her job title, and...


Surviving The Holidays At Work

There are lots of things to love about the holidays — so much food! Sweater weather! A valid excuse to listen to “All I Want For Christmas Is You” for hours on end! However, navigating holiday etiquette at work is not one of those wonderful things. So on today’s show, etiquette experts Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning are back to talk all things holiday office parties, Secret Santa, and out-of-office emails. Then, we help listeners Bill, who loves his job but might jump ship while it’s...


Grammar Girl’s Quick And Dirty Tips For Language At The Office

Mignon Fogarty, also known as Grammar Girl, joins us today to answer your questions about language in the workplace: like, “Is it one space or two after a period,” or “Can I use ‘asap’ in a work email,” or the classic, “Why do we love verbing our nouns?” Then, Liz and Rico go over your passive-aggressive email techniques and touch on some more Lingo Bingo oddities (bonus points if y’all can make “frippery” catch on at your office). And we help listeners Lisa, whose talent evaluation took a...


How To Network Like A Pro

Karen Wickre, former Google executive and editorial director at Twitter, joins us to explain how social media has made networking way easier, particularly for introverts. Then, Liz and Rico help Ryan, who wants to know if she should put her entry-level job on her business cards, and Emma, whose VP is not being particularly understanding while Emma’s trying to care for her ailing grandmother. And we tackle some all-too-common Bad Advice, like, “Don’t leave before the boss leaves.” Read more...


How to Stay Sane When You're Working From Home

Kat Boogaard, staff writer at The Muse, joins us to talk about the surprisingly challenging aspects of working from home, plus she gives us her tips on how to tell if you’re the kind of person who could responsibly handle working remotely (if you have a predilection for watching Vine compilations on Youtube, working in an office might be better for you). Then, Liz and Rico help listeners Samantha, whose new job is being ruined by major changes at her company, and Amanda, who’s struggling to...


Eating Healthy In The Office

Chef and author Curtis Stone joins us today to talk about a truly dreaded topic: how to eat healthy and well at work. He gives us his favorite meals to prep for lunch at work (including an amazing recipe, listed below), to why snacking throughout the day can actually be a good thing (assuming you’re not just like eating nachos all day). Then, Liz and Rico chat with listener Tabitha, who might be going too far with her efforts to separate her job from the rest of her life. Plus, we discuss...


How To Survive an Open Office Floor Plan

Do you work in an open office that’s usually very quiet, where people are more focused on their computers than the coworkers right next to them? If so, a recent study found that that’s the norm. Ethan Bernstein, co-author of that study and Associate Professor in the Organizational Behavior unit at the Harvard Business School, joins us to talk about why open offices actually stifle in-person communication, while encouraging more digital communication between coworkers. Then, Liz and Rico...


Working With Friends, featuring TheSkimm Founders

Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, co-founders of the multifaceted media company The Skimm, join us to talk about how their friendship powered them through the unpredictable early days of starting a business together, and they give us their advice on how to tell if a friendship will survive once it’s part of a business venture. Then, Liz and Rico do what they do best: help some listeners! Daphne’s boss just hired his unqualified sister and the nepotism is running the company into the ground,...


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!...