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MindYourWork is a podcast about investigating and understanding the human aspects of work through science. Scientists have uncovered important and interesting insights about work that many of us don’t ever get to hear. Research on people at work is also advancing rapidly making it hard to keep up. The hosts, Nicholas Bremner and Jose Espinoza, are Industrial/Organizational Psychologists and they dive into the research aiming to inform, educate, and entertain. They sum up what scientists know, how it’s being applied, and how it could affect us in the future.

MindYourWork is a podcast about investigating and understanding the human aspects of work through science. Scientists have uncovered important and interesting insights about work that many of us don’t ever get to hear. Research on people at work is also advancing rapidly making it hard to keep up. The hosts, Nicholas Bremner and Jose Espinoza, are Industrial/Organizational Psychologists and they dive into the research aiming to inform, educate, and entertain. They sum up what scientists know, how it’s being applied, and how it could affect us in the future.

Location:

Canada

Description:

MindYourWork is a podcast about investigating and understanding the human aspects of work through science. Scientists have uncovered important and interesting insights about work that many of us don’t ever get to hear. Research on people at work is also advancing rapidly making it hard to keep up. The hosts, Nicholas Bremner and Jose Espinoza, are Industrial/Organizational Psychologists and they dive into the research aiming to inform, educate, and entertain. They sum up what scientists know, how it’s being applied, and how it could affect us in the future.

Language:

English


Episodes

MYW S02 Episode 06 – Mentorship

11/20/2019
Mentorship is a well-known concept that is ubiquitous in organizations and frequently depicted in popular media (remember Master Yoda? “Do. Or do not. There is no try”). This is for good reason as mentors are the teachers, guides, and confidants who help us grow and reach our potential. In this episode, we discuss the research behind mentorship in the workplace. We outline some of the benefits of mentoring for mentees, the mentors themselves, and organizations. We also discuss some...

Duration:00:26:46

MYW Unscripted Episode 08 – Cognitive Enhancing Drugs

9/30/2019
In this episode, Jose and Nicholas discuss the thorny ethical issue of cognitive enhancement in the workplace. They cover what constitutes pharmacological cognitive enhancement (or PCE), talk about the norms around drug use, and explain how organizations benefit. They also discuss some of the reasons for, and against, the use of cognitive performance enhancing drugs in society. Timestamps: 0:36: What is pharmacological cognitive enhancement (PCE)? 3:55: Pressure to cognitively enhance and...

Duration:00:19:59

MYW Unscripted Episode 07 – What is Crunch Mode and Why is it Terrible

9/9/2019
“Crunch Mode” may sound like a fun breakfast cereal, but it’s actually kind of a bummer. Crunch Mode is a controversial labour practice that is common in the video game industry. It involves long hours, high amounts of stress, and no extra pay. In this episode, Jose and Nicholas talk about where Crunch Mode came from, why it is so bad, and what could be done about it. Timestamps: 0:40: What is Crunch Mode? 2:15: The rise of awareness of Crunch Mode 3:43: What are the specifics behind...

Duration:00:22:26

MYW Unscripted Episode 06 – Pay Transparency

8/12/2019
In this episode of Unscripted, Jose and Nicholas discuss their thoughts on the taboo of talking about pay with your coworkers. They cover their own ideas as to why this taboo is so prevalent, how it negatively impacts workers, and what organizations have to gain from being more transparent about what and how they pay their employees. Timestamps: 00:20: Introduction and why we’re talking about this topic 2:43: Our feelings on talking about money and why it can be difficult 7:30: Why talking...

Duration:00:24:46

MYW S02 Episode 05 – The Importance of Sleep

7/29/2019
We all know getting enough sleep is important, but a good night’s rest is often one of the first things we skip out on when life gets busy. In this episode, we cover the intersection between sleep and work. We outline some of the work-related consequences of lacking sleep, explain how work can hinder employees’ sleep, and discuss some of the ways organizations can support their employees’ sleep schedules and wellbeing. We also share some of our own experiences, and challenges, when it...

Duration:00:25:14

MYW Unscripted Episode 05 – Of Metrics and Interventions Part 2

7/15/2019
In the second episode of a two-part series, Jose and Nicholas cover what went wrong with the NYPD’s system for tracking crimes and have a broader discussion around the challenges of picking metrics to incentivize behavior and drive performance. Timestamps: 0:40: Brief recap of part 1 and setup for part 2 1:50: Downsides of applying “The Crime Machine” 4:37: The problem with chasing metrics 7:18: Maximum or ceiling value of metrics 9:09: Danger of focusing on single metrics at the expense...

Duration:00:22:39

MYW Unscripted Episode 04 – Of Metrics and Interventions

7/2/2019
In the first episode of a two-part series, Jose and Nicholas use Reply All’s The Crime Machine episodes to talk about the importance of good metrics and what they mean for making successful changes in an organization. They also discuss the role of high-level leaders in ensuring that interventions are carried out effectively. Timestamps: 0:34: A recap of The Crime Machine episodes from Reply All 4:44: Good data and how it can help you allocate resources effectively 6:17: Finding the right...

Duration:00:18:11

MYW Will Be Back in July!

5/20/2019
Jose and Nicholas have been a little busier than usual lately so MindYourWork will take a break for June and be back in July with a new episode! Mentioned This Episode: Jose’s personal Twitter (@jae_noza) Nicholas’ personal Twitter (@nlbremner) MindYourWorkIO (@mindyourworkio) – Send us a tweet! Credits: Logo Artwork by Antonella Espinoza. Find her at @ellaspin on Twitter!

Duration:00:00:51

MYW S02 Episode 04 – Bad Behavior at Work

5/6/2019
On this episode, Jose and Nicholas discuss the research on Counter-productive Work Behaviors (CWBs). CWB is the umbrella term that covers a wide variety of behaviors that intentionally harm the organization or other employees. We cover everything from theft and fraud to the newest kind of CWB to enter the workplace, cyberloafing. Listen and find out why firing the ‘bad apples’ is not enough and what you can do instead. Timestamps: 0:56: An introduction to Counter-productive Work Behaviors...

Duration:00:24:31

MYW Unscripted Episode 03 – Jose and Nicholas Do Their Homework: Recruitment Videos

4/21/2019
Almost a full season later, Jose and Nicholas finally get around to doing their homework! In this episode, we watch and discuss three very different recruitment videos mentioned in our episode on “What Attracts People to Organizations” (Season 1, Episode 6). We talk about some of the key messages that organizations try to communicate through recruitment videos and what they can tell you (and not tell you) about the organization’s culture. We also discuss the limitations of recruitment...

Duration:00:14:53

MYW S02 Episode 03 – What to Do About Burnout

4/1/2019
Burnout is a commonly discussed topic these days, but what exactly is burnout and is it really a “millennial condition” as the popular press suggests it is? In this episode, we explain what it means to experience burnout at work and discuss some of the workplace challenges that often lead to burning out. We also provide some suggestions that may help you, or others, cope with burnout. We cap off with some discussion about burnout as a cultural phenomenon and if burnout can be viewed as a...

Duration:00:23:35

MYW Unscripted Episode 02 – Why Can’t We Hold All These Personality Models?

3/17/2019
In this episode, Jose and Nicholas discuss Nicholas’ third favorite topic, personality models. In Season 1 Episodes 2–3, we discussed a single model of personality but there are many others out there. This time we talk about some of those other models and, boy, do we have opinions. Although we don’t like many of these models, we do our best to explain our concerns and link them to what research knows. Join us and learn about what you should be looking for when it comes to different models...

Duration:00:13:57

MYW S02 Episode 02 – Psychological Safety

3/4/2019
When was the last time you avoided speaking up or trying something new because you were afraid of what others might think or say about you? This is a common feeling in psychologically unsafe environments. This episode, we discuss what psychological safety is, why it is important to foster in work environments, and how to go about creating a psychologically safe space for your team. We also share our own experiences with two highly charged environments that require significant amounts of...

Duration:00:19:22

MYW Unscripted Episode 01 – Football, Labor, and Gladiators

2/17/2019
In the first episode of our new series, Unscripted, we use a video by Jon Bois of SBNation to jump into a discussion about careers that are considered works of passion, the possibility of consumers co-opting the labor that goes into a product, and how careful psychologists need to be when nudging people at work to behave in certain ways. Timestamps: 0:11: An introduction to Unscripted and why we're talking about this video 2:20: Losing ownership of your work when that work is your passion...

Duration:00:12:59

MYW S02 Episode 01 – Office 2.0 & Virtual Work Environments

2/4/2019
If you work on a computer, you’ve likely been touched in some way by the advances that have made “Office 2.0” possible. In this episode, we discuss a key aspect of tech-enabled work environments: telework and virtual teams. We cover what the research says about the pros and cons of these arrangements, some important factors to consider to have an effective virtual team, and how to know if you are well-equipped to be effective as a remote worker. Timestamps: 1:00: What is Office 2.0? 1:35:...

Duration:00:21:18

MYW S01 Episode 08 – What’s next for MindYourWork

12/21/2018
The year is coming to a close so we take a few minutes to review Season 1 of MindYourWork and talk about some exciting new things happening in Season 2! Timestamps: 00:25: Introduction and thanks! 01:50: Adjustments to the release schedule 03:33: Our exciting new mini-series 06:40: A preview of Season 2 Mentioned This Episode: Mindyourwork.io – Find us here! Send us a tweet with suggestions at MindYourWorkIO Credits: Our intro and outro music is “Ingenuity” by Lee Rosevere, licensed under...

Duration:00:07:49

MYW S01 Episode 07 – The Power of Goals

11/27/2018
We’ve all set goals that we never attain. The research says that goals, however, are one of the most powerful motivators we have access to. In this episode, we explore goal-setting theory and provide you with all the information you’ll need to design better goals and tap into their motivational power. Timestamps: 01:27: Why are goals powerful motivators? 03:02: How to design better goals (Goal-Setting Theory & S.M.A.R.T. Goals) 06:45: Misapplications of S.M.A.R.T. Goals and their...

Duration:00:25:07

MYW S01 Episode 06 – What Attracts People to Organizations

9/30/2018
What is it about an organization that makes it an attractive place to work? In this episode, we describe the process of organizational attraction from beginning to end and explain why someone would likely choose one organization over another. We also discuss modern strategies for engaging and attracting candidates such as social media and reframing the candidate experience. Timestamps: 01:32 Episode outline 03:20 Stage 1: Subconscious attraction and brand 05:20 Stage 2: Initial attraction...

Duration:00:25:34

MYW S01 Episode 05 – Manager and Leader, Can You Be Both?

9/2/2018
What’s the difference between leaders and managers? Are leaders born or made? In this episode, we answer these questions and discuss leadership through the lens of “transformational leadership” – a concise way of describing why leaders are so effective and held in such high regard. We conclude with discussing what you can do if you want to become a better leader yourself. Timestamps: 01:03 Episode outline 01:33 Are leaders born or made? 03:50 Thinking about leadership and management as...

Duration:00:14:59

MYW S01 Episode 04 – Mindfulness at Work

8/19/2018
This episode focuses (no pun intended) on the practice of mindfulness and its implications for our behavior and personal experience at work. The hosts discuss everything from whether being mindful is something you’re born with or whether you can learn it to what are the potential negatives of mindfulness on your ego! Timestamps: 00:48 Discussion of workplace distractions and does your cell phone lower your IQ 01:50 Understanding what we mean by mindfulness 05:06 Nature vs. nurture and...

Duration:00:21:39