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The tea is piping hot! Get ready to clutch your pearls! This is the podcast where you can bring your break room whispers to the world! This is a safe space to share stories of bossholes and bitchiness, of toxicity and drama, all while understanding the underlying issues that feed these toxic environments. You will laugh. You will relate. You will understand- and you will survive. You are not alone! Your hosts are two dynamic executives who take the issues seriously- but not themselves. Join them and a variety of top-tier guests as we discuss the brutality of these issues in an honest, raw, funny, and inclusive way. Send your stories to TheTeabag@ToxicTearoom.com. We promise to protect the innocent and will purposefully keep all stories anonymous.

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The tea is piping hot! Get ready to clutch your pearls! This is the podcast where you can bring your break room whispers to the world! This is a safe space to share stories of bossholes and bitchiness, of toxicity and drama, all while understanding the underlying issues that feed these toxic environments. You will laugh. You will relate. You will understand- and you will survive. You are not alone! Your hosts are two dynamic executives who take the issues seriously- but not themselves. Join them and a variety of top-tier guests as we discuss the brutality of these issues in an honest, raw, funny, and inclusive way. Send your stories to TheTeabag@ToxicTearoom.com. We promise to protect the innocent and will purposefully keep all stories anonymous.

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Get Teabagged! Hot tea is best in summer heat!

7/2/2024
Hot and humid conditions don't stop us from sipping the hot tea supplied by you- our darling audience! We added a couple of gems the Internet had to offer just to keep things at the right temp- kind of like adding ice to your tea. Are we good with the tea references? Outstanding! This episode provides laughs, sneers, a little bit of judgement and the candor you have come to expect from Stella and Roberta. Enjoy! There will be an end-of-summer episode planned for dipping more teabags into that steaming hot tea, so send your stories, questions, comments, criticism, cheer and the like to theteabag@toxictearoom.com to get included in our next Get Teabagged episode! Relax- it's legal and it's delivered to your house! Canna River Talk it out? Write it out! Try Therapy Notebooks! Enough is enough! Support the Workplace Psychological Safety Act and find out how you can lead the charge in ensuring we are all safe from abuse! Need help finding employees? Finding employers? Try Hiremymom.com! Use code TOXICTEAROOM at checkout for 15% off job listings! Support the Show. Thanks for listening to Toxic Tearoom! Follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, X and Patreon. Are you in a toxic workplace? Tell us about it at TheTeabag@ToxicTearoom.com. We promise anonymity, empathy, and a healthy dose of humor.

Duration:00:58:30

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Disarming Covert Abusers with Emotional Intelligence

6/11/2024
We have spoken extensively about the overt abuser- the screamer, the bully, even the psychopath (remember- it has been estimated that 25% of CEOs are psychopathic- makes so much more sense!). What about the covert abuser? The aggressor that plays victim. The low-key schemer. The saboteur. According to Psychology Today, the abuse from these muted narcissistic bandits is no less harmful than the full-on assault of their puffed-up psychopathic counterparts. We felt it worthy to place a spotlight on the subject and send these passive-aggressive parasites scrambling for the darkness in which they reside. Ok, dramatic, but you so is the impact from these individuals. They defend and disarm, cheer and then scathe, sympathize and then stab. They sap the strength of Samson himself- but there is a way to protect yourself- even thrive. Emotional intelligence! We will discuss how a high EQ is the best weapon against these- and other- psychological abusers in the workplace and beyond. Psychology Today- Covert Abuse PEACE- New e-course from legal powerhouse and former guest Jessica Childress! Uncover Covert Abuse- The Mend Project Emotional Intelligence- Your Gateway to Dealing with Toxicity in the Workplace- Toxic Tearoom collaboration! The Color of Emotional Intelligence- Amazing book by author, therapist and former guest Farah Harris (Amazon link- no affiliate) Indonesian Tribe Evolves- WOW Spill your tea with us! Send your stories, love letters, hate mail, whatever suits your fancy to us at theteabag@toxictearoom.com Catch more insight on our blog- and see some fun recommendations as well! toxictearoom.com/blog Support the Show. Thanks for listening to Toxic Tearoom! Follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, X and Patreon. Are you in a toxic workplace? Tell us about it at TheTeabag@ToxicTearoom.com. We promise anonymity, empathy, and a healthy dose of humor.

Duration:01:07:53

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Another Brick In The Wall- Are We Teaching Toxicity?

5/14/2024
Education. Whether public or private, our education system (and the support system around it) serves as the foundation for generational growth- or the development of toxic behaviors that last well into adulthood. Technology has changed education. Laptops issued in grade school, apps to request a bathroom pass, and virtual classrooms necessitated by the pandemic have changed how our students- and the next generation of workers- interact. Are we creating a more fragile- or more resilient- workforce as a result? And what of our own education experience? Instructors that encouraged our creativity and empowered our independent thought helped to shape creative contributors, while teachers that alienated or belittled students carved divots of disdain into the tender brains of their students. How are we functioning today as a result? Stella and Roberta tackle the topic in this...educational....episode. http://www.toxictearoom.com Need a little something to relax after all that work? Legally? When Schools Become Toxic (Macht-Greenburg Consulting Services) Toxic Schools-NIH Toxic Stress in Education and How to Prevent It (Salud America) Instacart - Groceries delivered in as little as 1 hour. Free delivery on your first order over $35. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the Show. Thanks for listening to Toxic Tearoom! Follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, X and Patreon. Are you in a toxic workplace? Tell us about it at TheTeabag@ToxicTearoom.com. We promise anonymity, empathy, and a healthy dose of humor.

Duration:01:18:22

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Test your Tea! Toxic or nah?

4/30/2024
Toxic traits are found in the boardroom and the bedroom; understanding how to identify the behaviors that tied to underlying toxic traits enables you to avoid emotional vampires, constant complainers, and head off career-limiting and maddening people. Join your hosts as one tests the other on an introspective, educational and empowering episode! Toxic Traits- Better Help Signs of a Toxic Person- WebMD Traits of Toxic People- Purewow Get toxic-free employees with a better recruiting partner! Use ToxicTearoom at checkout for 15% off! Is your KPI making you ill? Unleash uncommon results with Escatena! Feeling like you could use some good stuff to detoxify? We got you. 30% off your first order! Send us your stories! We love to hear from you! theteabag@toxictearoom.com Support the Show. Thanks for listening to Toxic Tearoom! Follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, X and Patreon. Are you in a toxic workplace? Tell us about it at TheTeabag@ToxicTearoom.com. We promise anonymity, empathy, and a healthy dose of humor.

Duration:01:11:08

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Hit 'Em Right in the Wallet- Financial Abuse

4/9/2024
Up to 99% of domestic violence victims add financial abuse to the sickening list of verbal, physical, and emotional abuse inflicted upon them by their partner. Control of family finances, refusal to share information on the status of those finances, and even hiding/downplaying money, retirement savings, pensions, and life insurance are all too common. Financial abuse is not restricted to these relationships, however. The parent that obtains credit in a child's name. The child berates and manipulates their parents for money. The caretaker steals credit cards, personal checks, and even cash from your loved one in their care. The romance scammer that steals life savings. The employer that uses your dependency on paychecks to drive fear and toxicity. Financial abuse is more commonplace than you may be comfortable with- and far more deadly. Manipulation, distrust, and outright robbery can cause deep emotional trauma- without a safety net, victims of financial abuse are at a high risk for mental and physical crises. Sources/Resources: 4 Warning Signs of Financial Abuse in Relationships- Forbes Learn More About Financial Abuse- NNEDV Elder Financial Abuse- Compass Financial Child Abuse- Dawnson Place Advocacy Adult Children Financially Abusing Parents- Medium Talk to Attorney Now- Program to reach attorneys to navigate financial abuse (not an affiliate link! Get access to family attorneys!) Hire My Mom- Use code TOXICTEAROOM at checkout for 15% off job listings! Escatena- Unleash uncommon results with Escatena! Mention this podcast for a free consultation! Have a toxic tale to share? Email us! theteabag@toxictearoom.com Vist our blog at www.toxictearoom.com/blog for more info, great offers, and fun stuff! Support the Show. Thanks for listening to Toxic Tearoom! Follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, X and Patreon. Are you in a toxic workplace? Tell us about it at TheTeabag@ToxicTearoom.com. We promise anonymity, empathy, and a healthy dose of humor.

Duration:00:55:08

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I'm not projecting. You're projecting!

4/2/2024
Projections- gaslighting in 3D- are both aggressive and defensive mechanisms that we find equally fascinating and frustrating. In the office, these projections can create a narrative that alters how others perceive you. In your personal life, these projections create dysfunctional- even abusive- relationships. Your hosts discuss examples of projections at work, home, and even a police officer in a convenience store. Listen to how to identify projections, deflect those projections back, regain sanity, and work on restoring a productive relationship. The Four Agreements - highly recommended by Stella! Projections- A Story of Human Emotions- FREE with an Audible trial! Some Projections You Can Really Use HireMyMom.com - Use TOXICTEAROOM at checkout for 15% off job listings! Escatena - Unleash uncommon results with Escatena! Relax LEGALLY with Canna River (except Idaho. Too bad for Idaho.) Therapy Notebooks- Document your feelings, practice your projections, whatever. :) Send us your horror stories, your most memorable projections, and other tips, tricks, and topics! We love to hear from you! theteabag@toxictearoom.com Support the Show. Thanks for listening to Toxic Tearoom! Follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, X and Patreon. Are you in a toxic workplace? Tell us about it at TheTeabag@ToxicTearoom.com. We promise anonymity, empathy, and a healthy dose of humor.

Duration:00:34:46

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Gossipy Goose and Slander Gander

3/19/2024
After a year (!) of providing content on toxic work environments, your hosts had an epiphany. Toxic behaviors are the cause of toxic work environments; toxic people exhibit toxic behaviors. Toxic people don't leave work and become different people- so what happens to the families, friends, and communities infected with toxicity? It was worth adding chairs to the table to spill even more tea. Don't worry- we are not abandoning the workplace; rather, we are expanding beyond it to include topics such as financial abuse, toxic traits, and even toxicity in religion (pearl clutch warning!). We want to provide a holistic view of the behaviors that bleed into our lives so that you are better equipped to handle these people when they cross your path- including at work. This episode expands upon gossip and slander- a topic covered in season 2- from a unique perspective. Your hosts share personal stories of slander and the impact of those experiences, how they overcame those issues, and how to move peace forward. https://www.toxictearoom.com Support the Show. Thanks for listening to Toxic Tearoom! Follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, X and Patreon. Are you in a toxic workplace? Tell us about it at TheTeabag@ToxicTearoom.com. We promise anonymity, empathy, and a healthy dose of humor.

Duration:01:21:38

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Toxic Behaviors We Love To Hate! Happy Valentine's Day!

2/13/2024
Forget chocolates and roses—Stella and Roberta are serving up a brew of workplace reality in the Toxic Tea Room podcast. This episode, they're dissecting the love-hate dynamics of Valentine's Day and how it mirrors our relationships with toxic work practices. From the passive-aggressive notes to the stifling effect of micromanagement, they're spilling the tea on what makes workplaces tick... or explode. Get ready for a dose of tough love and hard truths that will make you rethink your office dynamics. Your hosts will cover off-putting toxicity like office romances (and the subsequent favoritism), micro-management ("Don't stand/Don't stand so/Don't stand so close to me"), poor communication (why speak when you can scream?) and many more. Grab your coffee or champagne glass- we don't judge here- and commiserate with the Queens of Anti-Mean. Wait- is that even a thing? Who is writing the show notes this week? Seek help, for heaven's sake! And for a new twist on relaxing after a hard day dealing with bossholes, consider the array of products from Canna River. Canna River provides legal hemp and CBD products right to your home! Canna River products are non-GMO, cruelty-free, gluten-free and lab tested! AND they plant trees (and not just cannabis trees!). Enjoy legal cannabis (the gummies are so good!) for a whopping 40% OFF EVERYTHING for their Valentines Day special! Use code LOVE at checkout! If scripting or journaling is more your style, we recommend Therapy Notebooks! Finally, after a brief hiatus, we have curated a Spotify list sure to jazz up your Valentines Day- Toxic Tearoom style! Enjoy! XOXOXOXOXOXO Spotify Playlist Workplace Romance- Rise People Bad Company Culture- Built In Signs It's Time To Leave A Toxic Workplace- Forbes Workplace Psychological Safety Act- Information and resources Send us your stories for a future episode! theteabag@toxictearoom.com Visit our site! Support the Show. Thanks for listening to Toxic Tearoom! Follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, X and Patreon. Are you in a toxic workplace? Tell us about it at TheTeabag@ToxicTearoom.com. We promise anonymity, empathy, and a healthy dose of humor.

Duration:00:40:28

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WTF Happened to Silicon Valley?

1/30/2024
"Greed is good," said Gordon Gekko of "Wall Street" fame, with hair slicked back and hardened- as if his pomade was hand-wrung from the ink of his petroleum stocks. Talking on impossibly large cell phones (by today's standards), drinking, drugs, and the ever-present insider trading, "Wall Street" encapsulated the extremes of 1980s capitalistic worship- and all of its downfalls. Today's Gordon Gekkos look relaxed in front of CNBC cameras, a sportcoat at most, waxing poetic verse about the grand changes their companies' tech would produce, eagerly identifying themselves as the first/the innovator/the unicorns, gleefully accepting the coffers of capital and credit presented by investors at their feet. These Gekkos are not stock brokers. These Gekkos relish in singularity but swam in circles like schools of fish around sharks. These Gekkos bathed in the California sun versus the steel and glass reflection of the New York skyline, but the greed was ever-present. And no, it was not good. Welcome to Silicon Valley, 2022-2023. Fueled by equal parts genius, arrogance, callousness, and of course, the pandemic, Silicon Valley reemerged as the birthplace of billionaires with dazzling solutions and valuations. However, for many startups, the solutions touted to investors were as much designed to attract investors as they were to solve a problem- perhaps a solution in search of a problem. A change in consumer habits post-COVID and these companies fell hard and fast- like Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce fell in love. It seemed appropriate to have Tay and Trav show up in the show notes, because they are everywhere. Unlike Trav and Tay Tay, however, there is nothing to love about these greedy companies. Your hosts will discuss the spectacular start-up failures in Silicon Valley, the billions upon billions of dollars wasted, the dizzying rise of these companies, and the devastation left behind when those companies crashed. The common thread of these stories- greed- and the volume of waste these companies left behind will have you feeling some kind of way, as it were. 2023 Was An Extinction Level Year For Tech Startups- Mercury News Tech Company Layoffs the COVID Tech Bubble Bursts- Information Week How Big Tech's Predatory Culture Fueled Failures Like Silicon Valley Bank- LA Times Glassdoor Find your best opportunities with Hire My Mom! Use code TOXICTEAROOM for 15% off job listings! Unleash Uncommon Results with Escatena How many "ums" did you count in today's episode? Tell us for a chance to win! theteabag@toxictearoom.com Support the Show. Thanks for listening to Toxic Tearoom! Follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, X and Patreon. Are you in a toxic workplace? Tell us about it at TheTeabag@ToxicTearoom.com. We promise anonymity, empathy, and a healthy dose of humor.

Duration:00:43:37

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Performance Madness!

1/16/2024
Ah, the performance review. One of the most anticipated- and dreaded- events of the year, as these reviews often come with annual raises- which takes you down a whole other rabbit hole of how these reviews come together, and the reindeer games that ensue. Reindeer games? It is no longer the holiday season. Let it go, gang. A survey of 837 companies performed by WTW revealed that only 26% of those surveyed felt their performance appraisal process was effective. A Gallup study (2022) found that 95% of managers are dissatisfied with their organization's review system; that same study found that only 20% of employees are inspired by their review. When you consider that nearly half of all companies provide performance appraisals once a year, it is critical to get this right. Failure to address these issues contributes to a toxic workplace culture. Learn about the most common issues with performance appraisals, including central tendency error, halo effects, and more. Hear harrowing tails of the dreaded "360 review". Glean sage advice from Melissa Tipton for both manager and teammate to get the most out of the review process- and how leadership needs to set the stage for standards and properly allocate the raises. Our hosts are joined by return guest Melissa Tipton, Director of Client Strategy for Compass Business Solutions. Melissa is a visionary in rethinking the employee experience. Having worked across multiple industries, Melissa partners with clients to capture their culture, mission, and values to drive organizational performance. Melissa holds a BS in Education from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Park University. Compass Business Solutions Inc.com: 18 Ridiculous Tales of Performance Appraisals SHRM: The Performance Review People Logic: Mistakes in Performance Reviews Peoplebox: Types of Performance Reviews Unleash Uncommon Results with Escatena Republic of Tea- Our favorite! It is too good to spill! Want a new job after that review? Hire My Mom can help! Use code "ToxicTearoom" at checkout to get 15% off job listings and a popular remote work course! Support the Show. Thanks for listening to Toxic Tearoom! Follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, X and Patreon. Are you in a toxic workplace? Tell us about it at TheTeabag@ToxicTearoom.com. We promise anonymity, empathy, and a healthy dose of humor.

Duration:01:14:28

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S3E1- New Year, Same Bullsh*t

1/2/2024
Bottles empty and resolutions made? Great! Your hosts ring in the New Year with a new season...and the same bullsh*t. Join Stella and Roberta as they discuss workplace trends for 2024. Worker burnout? Check. Relationship reset? Check. Remote work over? Or is It? Check and check. It's confusing. Lack of trust in leadership? Check. Non-competes? Check. ...and more! 2024 Workplace Trends- My Perfect Resume Anticipated Workplace Trends in 2024- The Lasalle Network Workplace Trends to Watch in 2024- IMD Top 10 Workplace Law Predictions for 2024- Fisher Phillips 6 Workplace Trends Leaders Should Look Out for in 2024- Gallup Unleash Uncommon Results- Escatena HireMyMom- Use code ToxicTearoom at checkout for 15% off job listings! Workplace Psychological Safety Act- Learn more here- and start the movement in your state! Self-Help is Here! Therapy Notebooks Dress for the job you want with the income you have today! Italic offers premium clothing made in the same factories as those big label brands for lots less! Interested in sponsoring the show? Email us! theteabag@toxictearoom.com Support the Show. Thanks for listening to Toxic Tearoom! Follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, X and Patreon. Are you in a toxic workplace? Tell us about it at TheTeabag@ToxicTearoom.com. We promise anonymity, empathy, and a healthy dose of humor.

Duration:01:21:14

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The Last Episode...until 2024!

12/19/2023
Stella and Roberta reflect on the past year, from events to guests to general hilarity. The Toxic Tearoom thanks its listeners for a wonderful first year! From That One Booth Productions, your hosts, our sponsors and the cast that makes this all possible, have a wonderful holiday and a safe and prosperous New Year! The 70 Best New Years Resolutions for 2024- The Pioneer Woman The Right Way to Ring In the New Year At the Office Inspirational Quotes for 2024 (The First One Is Our Fave!) Resolve to Unleash Uncommon Results in 2024 with Escatena Start the New Year with the Right Team and the Right Employer- HireMyMom.com (Use code ToxicTearoom at checkout for 15% off job listings!) This tea is for sipping- and it is delicious! Support the Show. Thanks for listening to Toxic Tearoom! Follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, X and Patreon. Are you in a toxic workplace? Tell us about it at TheTeabag@ToxicTearoom.com. We promise anonymity, empathy, and a healthy dose of humor.

Duration:00:57:54

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Santa's Naughty List

12/12/2023
In this second installment of holiday parties, your hosts are joined by Robert Bain, a veteran of the transportation industry, husband, father, and, oh, one of the strongest human beings in the USA- and the Strongest Man in Logistics. Do you think you are stronger than Bain (as he likes to be called)? Bring receipts or it didn't happen. Bain has squatted over 1,000 pounds (or 453kg for our international audience)! Bain has also seen many questionable things happen at holiday parties, some of which he shares in this episode. Dancing on tables past 2 AM? Check. Hookups? Check. Bad gift exchanges? Yes! All this and more as we cover the behavior that will get you fired and behavior that should get you on Santa's Naughty List at the bare minimum. Spotify Playlist- NSFW HireMyMom- Use code TOXICTEAROOM at checkout to save 15% on job listings! Escatena Robert Bain- Strongest Man in Logistics (Interview) Bad Santa Syndrome- 10 Things That Will Get You Fired (Forbes) Save Money with Freebies and Discounts! Perfect for that White Elephant Gift Check out our blog at toxictearoom.com/blog Send in your stories, gripes, scandals, all the tea that is fit to spill! theteabag@toxictearoom.com Support the Show. Thanks for listening to Toxic Tearoom! Follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, X and Patreon. Are you in a toxic workplace? Tell us about it at TheTeabag@ToxicTearoom.com. We promise anonymity, empathy, and a healthy dose of humor.

Duration:00:46:19

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Workplace Horror Stories- Holiday Parties Gone Wild!!

12/5/2023
The season is upon us! December is a magical month, hosting major holidays like Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Eid al-Fitr. It is a time of warm greetings, festive decor, bustling activities and making memories- so, so, many memories. That would include memories we would rather forget. Your hosts kick off the holiday season with stories curated to highlight the toxicity of the workplace holiday party. Casual or formal, plus one or solo, these events are always well-intended celebrations, yet can fall into an abyss of poor judgements and scandalous events. A mix of some of the more entertaining submissions and the Internet start off the last month of the season for your entertainment. That One Booth Productions reminds everyone to be safe this season. Designated drivers, rideshare, or public transport from these events will ensure you get home safely. That Old Photocopier Still Holds A Photo of Your Backside- Arc Technica Alcoholics Anonymous What is Sulphuric Acid anyway? Adultery and the Workplace- SHRM Hire My Mom Support the Show. Thanks for listening to Toxic Tearoom! Follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, X and Patreon. Are you in a toxic workplace? Tell us about it at TheTeabag@ToxicTearoom.com. We promise anonymity, empathy, and a healthy dose of humor.

Duration:00:53:52

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Grateful for Dynamic Leadership!

11/21/2023
Your hosts are grateful to bring Greg Taylor, author of Find Your Winning Edge, renowned leadership coach and motivational speaker, to the podcast! What better way to manage a busy Thanksgiving week than with the positivity and real-world guidance from Greg Taylor? Well, we can't think of any! Greg Taylor has over 35 years of experience in corporate and personal leadership. Greg has honed a process of insight discovery that has led to numerous successes, failures, triumphs and bruises. Through his work, Greg aims to help people learn from their experiences, inspire themselves, and create profound, lasting change that positively impacts everyone around them. Greg is the host of The Leadership Factory podcast and is a professional speaker. He and his lovely wife of 35 years, Mickey, have two sons and 3 grandchildren. Greg has a genuine love for people and has the unique ability to relate topics of discussion to the hearts and spirits of the audience. Oh- and he's Trent Taylor's (Chicago Bears) dad. :) Spotify Playlist- A special soundtrack you will be thankful to play as you prepare Thanksgiving dinner! Find Your Winning Edge The Leadership Factory Podcast (Apple Music) Greg Taylor's personal cell phone number: (318) 230-6481 (tell him you heard him on The Toxic Tearoom!) HireMyMom: Get 15% off job listings with code ToxicTearoom at checkout! Escatena- Unleash Uncommon Results! Get Scope 3 sustainability with us! Support the Show. Thanks for listening to Toxic Tearoom! Follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, X and Patreon. Are you in a toxic workplace? Tell us about it at TheTeabag@ToxicTearoom.com. We promise anonymity, empathy, and a healthy dose of humor.

Duration:00:48:17

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Scary Times and Systemic Bias- Prayers and Protection

11/14/2023
Today's Israel is equal parts holy land and hell; your worldview determines which side you view as which, though the reality is far more fluid than fixed. The conflict is both foreign and familiar, distant and next door all at once. The issues are simple, yet complex; death is the singularity that underscores the shouts from protestors and screams of suddenly orphaned children. The headlines are terrifying; the images crush your soul. As of this recording, there is still no end in sight, and as people elevate their voices in solidarity behind one flag or another, blood continues to stain the ground where the prophets once preached. The confinement and the dehumanization are echoes of a past so horrible that we thought it would never be repeated. All of the horrors are displayed before us on every news channel, and every social media outlet, and every day the growls of Anti-Semitic and Islamaphobia grow from whispers to screams. In fact, Anti-Semitic and Islamaphobic incidents are on a sharp rise around the world, including the USA. The same toxic behavior covered extensively on this podcast- from mobbing to microaggressions- is explosive when passions around this issue, marinated in one's own implicit or explicit bias, are brought to the surface in the workplace. Employees in marginalized and under-represented populations are particularly vulnerable right now; employers must take care to ensure not only the inclusivity of these groups but also their safety. On this special podcast, your hosts are joined by employment attorney powerhouse Mahir Nisar and returning guest and co-author of the Workplace Psychological Safety Act, Deb Falzoi, for an honest discussion of how to navigate through this perilous time with safety, inclusivity, and most of all, dignity. Due to the serious topic nature, a Spotify list will not accompany this episode. Toxic Tearoom LinkedIn Page Nisar Law Group Workplace Psychological Safety Act- Learn more and make a difference! Dignity Together- Screw the Hierarchy Podcast Workplace Justice Podcast (site link; also streaming on various platforms) Islamaphobia and Anti-Semitism On the Rise- Guardian Healing Justice- World Trust Organization (downloadable conversation guide) Support the Show. Thanks for listening to Toxic Tearoom! Follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, X and Patreon. Are you in a toxic workplace? Tell us about it at TheTeabag@ToxicTearoom.com. We promise anonymity, empathy, and a healthy dose of humor.

Duration:00:43:53

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The Calm In The Storm- Leadership 2.0

11/9/2023
Clouds gather in a once clear sky. The light gray wisps change to deepening shades of threat. Breezes that dance with your hair morph into slaps across your face. You race for shelter as the first violent drops fall from the sky; no pace is sufficient to avoid the emotions in the drops that drench you to your bones. You reach the door, relieved. The decision turns the knob and you step inside, where relief turns to despair- the swirling chaos of the storm replaces the shelter you anticipated. There are no walls to protect you. No roof shields you from the hail that rains down around you. Your eyes are drawn to the litter within the vortex before you- shreds of gleaming promises, contorted faces frozen in their last expression of anger, painful, blackened threads of whispers and gossip- and you realize that you have not escaped the storm, but are instead fused with it. The allegory of a violent storm compared to a day in a toxic work environment may seem dramatic. However, for those dealing with toxic leaders, bullies, bossholes and the like, the storm is very real. Employment should not feel like deployment- and leaders need to provide the calm within the storm to create an inclusive, productive, and positive environment. Alain Hyppolite joins our hosts to discuss this important approach. Alain is a Canadian-born Haitian father and husband who moonlights as a content creator and writer. With more than 10 years of leadership experience, Alain spends his time challenging the emotionless corporate grind and sharing how true leadership stems from the heart, not just the head. See more of Alain's content on LinkedIn, Medium, and his site. Spotify Playlist- curated especially for this episode! Alain Hyppolite's Website Medium Healthy Work Survey Hire My Mom! Use code ToxicTearoom at checkout for a 15% discount on job listings! Escatena- Unleash Uncommon Results Instacart - Groceries delivered in as little as 1 hour. Free delivery on your first order over $35. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the Show. Thanks for listening to Toxic Tearoom! Follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, X and Patreon. Are you in a toxic workplace? Tell us about it at TheTeabag@ToxicTearoom.com. We promise anonymity, empathy, and a healthy dose of humor.

Duration:00:39:34

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BONUS EPISODE: Tea Time with Stella and Roberta!

11/7/2023
Your cherished hosts, Stella and Roberta, transition us from workplace horror stories to a season of thanks with a conversational episode. Cussing? Yes. Philosophy? Yes. Current events? Yes. Yes. Yes. Enjoy this bonus episode and want more like this one? Let us know! Support the Show. Thanks for listening to Toxic Tearoom! Follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, X and Patreon. Are you in a toxic workplace? Tell us about it at TheTeabag@ToxicTearoom.com. We promise anonymity, empathy, and a healthy dose of humor.

Duration:00:55:36

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Tricks and Treats! Happy Halloween!

10/31/2023
The final installment of "Workplace Horror Stories" for October- and it is all you want for Halloween!! Want spooky? Check. Costumes? Check! Psychos? Yup. Blood and gore and so much more? Yes, yes, yes. This episode is packed from start to finish with the best submissions from our listeners and the goriest the web has to offer, delivered with the laughter we need in today's world. Your hosts are joined by producer T-Bone for an hour-plus good time! Trigger warning: Some of the stories in this episode graphically detail gory workplace accidents, attempted suicides, and workplace violence. No deaths are included in this episode. Spotify Playlist- The soundtrack to this special episode! Hire My Mom- Get 15% off job listings at checkout with code ToxicTearoom Visit our blog for more insights, fun links, and a chance to mouth off at us! Support the Show. Thanks for listening to Toxic Tearoom! Follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, X and Patreon. Are you in a toxic workplace? Tell us about it at TheTeabag@ToxicTearoom.com. We promise anonymity, empathy, and a healthy dose of humor.

Duration:01:10:14

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Sales Is Scary As Sh*t!

10/24/2023
The third installment of our October Workplace Horrors highlights the frightening- and yet hilarious- world of Sales! Business Development roles are the largest demographic of this podcast (woot! woot!)- so it is about time we focused on something to entertain all of you. The sales role can provide an adrenaline rush (nothing like closing a deal!) and complete anguish. There is a saying in Sales- you are only as good as your last sale- that places an expiration date on your worth in any company. Sales is more than just smooth talkers and golfers; Sales is a real grind! We salute you, good salespeople! This episode has it all- murder, mistaken identity, drugs and loose morals, and so much more. Enjoy this latest respite into the dark world of workplace horrors! Spotify Playlist Support the Show. Thanks for listening to Toxic Tearoom! Follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, X and Patreon. Are you in a toxic workplace? Tell us about it at TheTeabag@ToxicTearoom.com. We promise anonymity, empathy, and a healthy dose of humor.

Duration:00:50:06