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I Hate My Boss

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Workplace Drama. Comedic Relief. Our workplace heroes Liz Dolan and Larry Seal will help you make the big decisions, better sort through the small stuff, and get more fulfillment from your work life. A fictional ad agency, Penn & Pencil, will serve as a comedic point of reference for listeners’ questions. Do you have one? Call us! 424-224-5711.

Workplace Drama. Comedic Relief. Our workplace heroes Liz Dolan and Larry Seal will help you make the big decisions, better sort through the small stuff, and get more fulfillment from your work life. A fictional ad agency, Penn & Pencil, will serve as a comedic point of reference for listeners’ questions. Do you have one? Call us! 424-224-5711.
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Workplace Drama. Comedic Relief. Our workplace heroes Liz Dolan and Larry Seal will help you make the big decisions, better sort through the small stuff, and get more fulfillment from your work life. A fictional ad agency, Penn & Pencil, will serve as a comedic point of reference for listeners’ questions. Do you have one? Call us! 424-224-5711.

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424-224-5711


Episodes

After Hours 27: When your boss ain't cuttin' the mustard

10/19/2017
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Watson and his department received a new boss about five months ago, but their new boss hasn't put any effort into learning what his team's working on, or even what their workflow's like. And since this has been going on for months, word is starting to spread within the company, and it's making Watson's entire department look bad. So how far should one go to cover for their ineffective boss, particularly when it's your reputation on the line? Then, Emilio's boss of two years has become flaky...

Duration: 00:17:06


S1E31: I hate my boss, but I I love this clip show!

10/16/2017
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We've almost arrived at the end of the first season of I Hate My Boss, and we couldn't resist taking a look back at some of the most memorable stories and hate-able bosses that we've discussed over the past few months; that's right, it's time for a clip show! Meghan's boss has set her up to fail, while Rebecca's boss has allowed his micromanaging wife to sour a perfectly good working relationship. Then, Jane's been dealing with a weirdly overprotective boss, while the honesty box in Manny's...

Duration: 00:46:44


After Hours 26: Too many questions, too little confidence

10/12/2017
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About three months back, Raquel's company hired two new employees, and somewhere along the way she became the go-to person for any and all of their questions. But now a project on Raquel's team is over budget and behind schedule, and the new crew's inability to figure things out on their own has become a real problem. So how should she handle the situation when she talks to her boss? Then, Liz and Larry help a listener whose self-esteem issues at the office have turned into a vicious cycle.

Duration: 00:16:53


S1E30: Bully bosses, emotional vampires, and toxic coworkers

10/9/2017
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Everyone's had a coworker like this: they're nice enough, but they do one thing that is just so annoying, like eating carrots at maximum crunch volume every day of the week, or kicking off their shoes to unveil their smelly feet. However, this episode isn't about those annoying coworkers; instead, we're talking about the truly toxic people that can make work a living hell, and how you can best deal with toxicity in the workplace. First off, Liz and Larry share their experiences dealing with...

Duration: 00:51:41


After hours 25: A crash course in freelancing

10/5/2017
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There are few universal truths in the world: death, taxes, and the fact that freelancing can be really, really hard. It feels great when everything's working in your favor, but there are plenty of pitfalls that even experienced freelancers can fall into. So on today's episode, Liz and Larry help two listeners who want to better navigate the (sometimes) wonderful world of freelancing. First up is a listener who's feeling stuck after seven years with their current employer, and while they want...

Duration: 00:14:36


S1E29: Call me, beep me, if you want to reach me...at my office line

10/2/2017
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How many unread emails are currently sitting in your inbox? What about those voicemails waiting on your office phone, or those DMs on Slack, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook...you get the point. There are so many ways to communicate with people these days, and when you merge communication technology with business, things can go a little haywire. On today's show, Liz and Larry talk about email horror stories and life before computers at work. Then Molly Fischer, Senior Editor at New York...

Duration: 00:47:23


After Hours 24: Mandatory pillow fights and dress code double standards

9/28/2017
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Rey is dealing with one of the many double standards that exist between men and women in the office: the workplace wardrobe. In an otherwise great performance review, her boss said that she dressed like an airhead, and now that she's applying to a new job, she doesn't want to worsen her chances with a wardrobe faux pas. But does that mean the only correct choice is a stuffy black business suit? Then, another listener's new company is obsessed with office bonding, to the point of scheduling...

Duration: 00:14:29


S1E28: What to do when it's time to move on

9/25/2017
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Last week, Liz and Larry went over their strategies for quitting a job in the best way possible; however, even when one is armed with all that good good knowledge, there are still so many weird things that can happen when you leave a job (voluntarily or otherwise). So on today's episode, our sages help out some listeners who are on the fence about quitting, or whose exits didn't go quite as planned. First, an employee's unsatisfied after falling off their boss's radar when they began working...

Duration: 00:47:42


After Hours 23: No time for timidity

9/21/2017
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We’ve talked about how challenging it can be to navigate a freeze-out at work when you’re committed to staying, but today, Liz and Larry help a frozen-out listener get over their fears about leaving their long-held job. It’s time to activate that network and make your connections work for you, people! Then, Liz and Larry offer their advice on how to best sell yourself in a job interview where the interviewer isn’t asking any questions.

Duration: 00:11:51


S1E27: Quitting, burnout, and creeping joylessness

9/18/2017
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Sometimes, there’s no better feeling than walking into your boss’s office and quitting your job. But quitting can also be really difficult, because there are plenty of pitfalls that can occur as you transition out of a job. So on today’s show, Liz and Larry go over the dos and don’ts of quitting (do: be gracious and stick to one story, don’t: stay too long after you’ve announced you’re leaving). Then, our sages tackle burnout, a growing issue in the workplace that makes people leave jobs...

Duration: 00:42:22


After Hours 21: Negotiation Woes

9/14/2017
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We know that people hear this all the time — when negotiating your salary at a new job, you should always push for more, right? Well, one of our listeners was recently hired at her dream job, and it came along with great benefits, a vacation package, and the initial salary offer was exactly what she wanted. But now that she has all that, the regret has set in; should she have pushed for more? Liz and Larry offer their tips on getting over negotiation regrets, plus they also help a listener...

Duration: 00:12:40


S1E25: My favorite Type

9/11/2017
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It might not always be a conscious decision, but people definitely play favorites at work, especially when there's intra-office competition involved. So on today's episode, Liz and Larry cover all the bases on workplace favoritism, from the steps you can take when you're not your boss's favorite, to the variety of drawbacks it can have on your business. Then, our very own Larry Seal walks us through the Myers-Briggs Personality Test, which can teach colleagues how to work better with...

Duration: 00:49:48


After Hours 20: Stuck in the middle with you, and you, and you...

9/7/2017
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Back in Episodes 19 and 20, when Liz and Larry discussed some of the pitfalls of office romances, they explicitly said, “Do not have an affair with a coworker (or anyone, really).” And on today’s episode, a listener who’s caught in the middle of some nasty emotional fallout shows us exactly why this never works out well. They’re unsure who in the office knows about the affair, and they’ve been pressed by one of the exes to get HR involved. So again, people: no office affairs! Then, a...

Duration: 00:15:12


S1E24: We're a happy family?

9/4/2017
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Last week, we discussed many of the pitfalls that can occur when you try to force your coworkers and employees into questionable team-building activities. So this week, we're answering all of your questions about how to befriend coworkers and handle disputes the right way. Too Shy in Bedstuy's moving across the country for a new job, and they're nervous about making friends at their new office, while Alice has a coworker that feels the need to "put her in her place." Then, Maddy was...

Duration: 00:44:31


After Hours 19: Unresponsive clients and inconsistent employees

8/31/2017
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One of Riz's clients reached out a while back to set up some training sessions, but when their HR and Training manager left, the company stalled and went silent for months. So how do you reconnect with clients who have gone AWOL, without being too pushy or aggressive? Fortunately, Liz and Larry are no strangers to the delicate worlds of freelancing and client relationships. Then, one of Barry's employees is super inconsistent and annoying, but Barry wants to prevent him from moving to a...

Duration: 00:12:48


S1E23: Team building, firewalking, and inspiring your employees

8/28/2017
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Forming meaningful bonds with our coworkers is really important when we want to find satisfaction at work. But it can also be really, really difficult! So today, we're talking all about team-building: when it works, when it doesn't, and how to build camaraderie in your office. First, Liz and Larry share stories of team-building exercises that variously led to ER trips, tearful breakdowns, and, somehow, more tight-knit workplaces. Then, in a surprising show of goodwill, Penn & Pencil's Ivan...

Duration: 00:42:24


After Hours 18: Knowing when to invest in yourself

8/24/2017
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We talk a lot about the side hustle on I Hate My Boss, but today, Liz and Larry help a listener who's truly going above and beyond to accomplish their goals. Anonymous on the West Coast is working full-time while finishing an IT degree, but now that their rent's going up, they need to ask for a raise and maybe even take out a student loan. Liz and Larry offer their perspectives on how to calmly ask for a raise even when life's got you stressed, and how to tell when it's time to really...

Duration: 00:11:29


S1E22: Negotiation Tactics 101

8/21/2017
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We know how hard it can be to walk into your boss's office and ask for a raise, or to really push for the salary you deserve during a job interview. So this week, Liz and Larry lay out everything they've learned about how best to advocate for yourself when it comes to getting what you want. One listener feels like she can’t ask for a raise because she’s only been with her company for a year, while another listener is still upset about how hard he had to fight to get a raise after being...

Duration: 00:52:22


After Hours 17: How to make friends with your new boss

8/17/2017
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Many of our listeners have issues with their bosses, but Clayton has a different problem: he loves his boss, but that boss is retiring in a month. So now Clayton's worried about getting off on a good foot with the new boss, especially since he could easily be worse than the old boss. Fortunately, Liz and Larry have plenty of advice for anyone who’s worried about making friends with the new boss in town. Then, Jeffrey's having issues with his new boss, who doesn't seem to be doing any real...

Duration: 00:10:44


S1E21: Show me the money!

8/14/2017
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So maybe money can't buy you love, but can it buy you happiness in the workplace? As it turns out, the answer is rather complicated. On today's show, Liz and Larry tackle all sorts of issues surrounding the money we earn at work, from how our happiness is often dictated by how much our coworkers make, to how to best negotiate a raise with your boss. Then we're joined by Jonathan Fields, host and founder of Good Life Project, to talk about the ways we derive meaning from work beyond...

Duration: 00:51:09

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