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Work Life Confidential tackles problems at the workplace, home, and in life that are rarely mentioned because they’re uncomfortable or taboo. Or, the problems are so common that, like the air we breathe, we accept them with no questions asked. The host, guests, and listeners who call in break the silences and find solutions. We discuss how some of our workplaces are making us sick and what to do about it, why managers do nothing to stop bad behavior even when it includes warning signs for violence, and why saying “I’m racist, sexist, and homophobic” can be a good thing. On the home front, we talk about why couples should pay more attention to power than communication skills, how not to be the parents whose child throws tantrums in public, and how to help our kids navigate sex, drugs, and money. The legendary Mr. Rogers said, “If it’s mentionable, it’s manageable.” This show proves the value of his words. It’s for everyone who wants to trade silence for solutions and honest talk.

Work Life Confidential tackles problems at the workplace, home, and in life that are rarely mentioned because they’re uncomfortable or taboo. Or, the problems are so common that, like the air we breathe, we accept them with no questions asked. The host, guests, and listeners who call in break the silences and find solutions. We discuss how some of our workplaces are making us sick and what to do about it, why managers do nothing to stop bad behavior even when it includes warning signs for violence, and why saying “I’m racist, sexist, and homophobic” can be a good thing. On the home front, we talk about why couples should pay more attention to power than communication skills, how not to be the parents whose child throws tantrums in public, and how to help our kids navigate sex, drugs, and money. The legendary Mr. Rogers said, “If it’s mentionable, it’s manageable.” This show proves the value of his words. It’s for everyone who wants to trade silence for solutions and honest talk.

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Work Life Confidential tackles problems at the workplace, home, and in life that are rarely mentioned because they’re uncomfortable or taboo. Or, the problems are so common that, like the air we breathe, we accept them with no questions asked. The host, guests, and listeners who call in break the silences and find solutions. We discuss how some of our workplaces are making us sick and what to do about it, why managers do nothing to stop bad behavior even when it includes warning signs for violence, and why saying “I’m racist, sexist, and homophobic” can be a good thing. On the home front, we talk about why couples should pay more attention to power than communication skills, how not to be the parents whose child throws tantrums in public, and how to help our kids navigate sex, drugs, and money. The legendary Mr. Rogers said, “If it’s mentionable, it’s manageable.” This show proves the value of his words. It’s for everyone who wants to trade silence for solutions and honest talk.

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English


Episodes

Addiction at Work

9/17/2018
Are we a nation of addicts? A recent study found that 29% of adults in the US will experience an alcohol abuse disorder at some point in their lives, 10 % will experience a disorder involving other substances, and 5% of 12 to 15-year-olds met the criteria for one of these disorders in the previous 12 months. Other studies show that when we include those with a gambling, sex, or other behavioral addiction the statistic tops 50% for adults in our country. On today’s show, we talk about how...

Duration:00:54:56

The Mentally Healthy Workplace

9/10/2018
Does your workplace support your mental health? Knowing the connection between optimal health and organizational performance, forward-thinking business leaders are doing all that they can to move the dial on this question toward “yes.” What exactly are they doing? Join me for a conversation with Darcy Gruttadaro, director of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation’s Center for Workplace Mental Health. We’ll talk about how your workplace can become a leader in ending the stigma...

Duration:00:55:52

Pet Loss, Grief, and Healing

8/20/2018
Thirty years ago, when I was a young therapist, a wise woman told me that we inevitably pay for our love with grief—inevitably,” because all relationships end. She also promised that love proves to be worth its cost every time. On today’s show, Nancy Saxton-Lopez, my friend and coauthor of our book The Pet Loss Companion: Healing Advice from Family Therapists Who Lead Pet Loss Groups, joins me for a conversation on pet loss and healing. We’ll talk about why losing a beloved animal friend can...

Duration:00:55:26

When Your Boss Sucks

8/13/2018
Have you ever worked for a “leader” who has no idea how to lead? Maybe they bully, take credit for other people’s work, rarely tell the truth, blame everyone but themselves instead of taking responsibility for their mistakes, or do some combination of these. Or, perhaps they’re more absent than abusive. They won’t make decisions, don’t support those who report to them, never hold anyone accountable, and much of the time can’t even be located. Today, Randall Kratz and Michael McCafferty,...

Duration:00:55:19

Racism, Sexism, and Homophobia at Work

8/6/2018
What if it was ok to say “I live in a world that, even though my family may have taught otherwise, has taught me to feel women are less valuable than men and bias against people of color, LGBTQ people, and people who live in poverty?” What if admitting this to myself wouldn’t mean that I’m a bad person who should feel paralyzed by guilt? What if it would mean, instead, that I can now watch for the ways that sexism, racism, homophobia and other biases sometimes shape my thinking and do my...

Duration:00:53:56

Manhood in the metoo Era

7/30/2018
The #metoo movement demands that we recognize the global scale of male sexual violence and bring it to an end. And we will not get there by pretending the problem is a few bad men. It’s bigger than that. The problem lies within traditional masculinity itself, a way of understanding and being in the world that limits men and pains people of all genders. Today, we hear from educator, activist, and lecturer Ted Bunch. Ted has earned worldwide recognition as a leader in helping boys and men join...

Duration:00:54:37

Showing Up Courageously at Work

7/23/2018
You’ve probably attended those “town hall” meetings where, when it comes time for Q & A, only a few souls—most of whom have been put up to the task by HR—ask a question or venture a comment? Or maybe you’ve heard stories like the one a friend shared with me. He told me that, after hearing from several of her direct reports, a senior leader said to them, “I really want your thoughts, so can somebody please say something that goes beyond repeating and agreeing with what I’ve already said?” Why...

Duration:00:55:43

Are We Dying For Our Paychecks?

7/16/2018
Do layoffs actually make businesses more efficient and profitable? How concerned should we be about the effects of overwork and toxic leaders? Are our workplaces killing us? Join Stanford Graduate Business School Professor Dr. Jeffrey Pfeffer, whose most recent book is Dying for a Paycheck: How Modern Management Harms Employee Health and Company Performance—and What We Can Do About It, and me for a conversation that will answer these and related questions. Dr. Pfeffer is the author or...

Duration:00:54:23

Democracy? At Work?

7/9/2018
We live in a democracy, right? How is it, then, that we’ve agreed to spend most of our waking hours within organizations that are not at all democratic? We may work within a benign dictatorship if we’re lucky, a tyrannical madhouse if we’re not, or, for most of us, a place that falls somewhere in between. It’s the exception, however, to work within an organization guided by worker-elected leaders toward mutually agreed upon goals--a democracy, in other words. For decades, Dr. Richard Wolff...

Duration:00:54:09

What Everyone Should Know About Domestic Violence

7/2/2018
By now you've undoubtedly heard the harrowing tales of elite athletes and other celebrities' experiences with domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and other such crimes. Today, we focus on how domestic violence--a worldwide public health and safety crisis--touches the lives of everyday people like you and me. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have faced severe physical violence at the hands of a current or former partner. Nearly half of all women and men in the U.S. have experienced...

Duration:00:55:30

Disturbing Workplace Behavior

6/25/2018
Ever worked with someone who made you feel uncomfortable? Maybe you were never sure whether you’d find them in a friendly frame of mind or in full attack mode. Maybe you’d seen them yell, curse, and call people names on more than one occasion—and nobody, including their supervisor, had done anything to stop them. Perhaps their disturbing behavior was quieter: they confided their many grudges and thoughts of revenge or showed a strange fascination with one of your coworkers. Join host Ken...

Duration:00:55:10

You Can't Make This Stuff Up

6/18/2018
Work Life Confidential’s premiere introduces the show’s reason for being. That is finding solutions to problems at work, home, and in life that nobody feels comfortable talking about. The host, award-winning author, leadership expert, and family therapist Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio, introduces himself by sharing stories from his early years, his decade working in psychiatric hospitals and other mental health settings, and his 19-year adventure in the mad, mad world of corporate America. Ken also...

Duration:00:55:47