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Cubicle Confidential

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Are your co-workers driving you crazy? Does your boss suck? Mary Abbajay and Chris DeSantis are here to podcast you to workplace (and social) success. We call it “Cubicle Confidential: Weekly Advice for the Working Stiff." Each week we'll meet you at the watercooler and respond to your most outrageous workplace questions, comments and concerns. Our advice is sometimes spot-on, sometimes funny, often a bit salty (Mary!) and always tempered (Chris!) by our years of professional experience in the corporate trenches. What happens in the cubicle… ends up here!

Are your co-workers driving you crazy? Does your boss suck? Mary Abbajay and Chris DeSantis are here to podcast you to workplace (and social) success. We call it “Cubicle Confidential: Weekly Advice for the Working Stiff." Each week we'll meet you at the watercooler and respond to your most outrageous workplace questions, comments and concerns. Our advice is sometimes spot-on, sometimes funny, often a bit salty (Mary!) and always tempered (Chris!) by our years of professional experience in the corporate trenches. What happens in the cubicle… ends up here!

Location:

United States

Description:

Are your co-workers driving you crazy? Does your boss suck? Mary Abbajay and Chris DeSantis are here to podcast you to workplace (and social) success. We call it “Cubicle Confidential: Weekly Advice for the Working Stiff." Each week we'll meet you at the watercooler and respond to your most outrageous workplace questions, comments and concerns. Our advice is sometimes spot-on, sometimes funny, often a bit salty (Mary!) and always tempered (Chris!) by our years of professional experience in the corporate trenches. What happens in the cubicle… ends up here!

Language:

English

Contact:

2025951328


Episodes

Change Is In The Air...Or is it?

7/13/2022
While there may be nothing constant in this world, except change—it doesn’t mean that organizations are good at creating change. In fact, research shows that organizational leaders are getting worse at implanting successful change and not better. So where does that leave those of us who must navigate change and transition in the workplace? Flummoxed in Philadelphia is a new manager who has been tasked with “cleaning up” the culture of their department. Is it possible to change the culture?...

Duration:00:33:18

Put ‘Er There, Partner!

7/6/2022
This episode marks the first anniversary of Cubicle Confidential! So, in honor of this celebratory “podiversay” event, Mary & Chris answer listeners’ questions about—you guessed it—partnerships! Am I Being Cheesy or Whiny in Washington wants to know if it is a good idea to open a wine and cheese shop with their best friend? Is this a good idea or recipe for disaster? Until D&I do We Part in Pittsburgh has learned that their consulting business partner is cheating on them. And by cheating,...

Duration:00:34:08

If It Bleeds, It Leads

6/29/2022
How susceptible are you to clickbait? Are you a sucker for catchy headlines? In this special episode, Chris DeSantis quizzes Mary on real and fake headlines. Tune in and play along! Show us your love! Please give us a review wherever you listen to your podcasts. We’re here to help you succeed! Send us your workplace dilemmas or career questions. Email us: info@cubicleconfidential.com or tweet us: @cubicleconfide1. All names will be changed to protect the guilty and innocent...

Duration:00:33:13

I Know You Are but What Am I? The Opinion of Others

6/22/2022
How important is the opinion of others? Do you care what other people think of you at work? Should you? What is the balance between caring and not caring? In this episode, Mary and Chris take a deep dive with listeners who are struggling with what others think of them… Baby Faced in Baltimore is a seasoned professional who looks way younger than they are and thus people don’t give her the respect she is due. People assume she is too young to know what she is doing. It’s a nice problem to...

Duration:00:33:44

Job Hopping, Moonlighting, & Hiring Remorse

6/15/2022
Have you ever left a job for a shiny new one, only to discover, that--oops--it was a bad fit? Have you ever been tempted to double-dip on jobs? Or have you ever hired someone and uh-oh it may have been a mistake? If so, this episode tackles these pesky job-hopping dilemmas! Miss Match in Michigan is concerned that a new hire doesn’t have what it takes to succeed in their role. So, Miss Match wonders if they should continue to give this person a shot, or just call it a day. Our question to...

Duration:00:32:06

My Boss is a Ghost (and Other Tales of Woe)

6/8/2022
Ghosts, Wimps, and Implusives, oh my! Have you ever dealt with a boss or colleague who ghosts you? Or a boss who is so wishy-washy that you want to pull your hair out? Or how about the boss or co-worker who is always changing their minds or chasing shiny objects? If so, this episode was made for you. Chris and Mary hear from listeners who need their help dealing with these difficult dynamics. Ghosted in Galveston is frustrated by her ghost boss. He’s never around when she needs him, and it...

Duration:00:29:59

No Balls, No Babies: Women in Leadership

6/1/2022
Despite tremendous gains made by women in the workforce, women still face many structural and personal barriers to success—especially in leadership roles. In this episode, Mary and Chris hear from several female listeners who are struggling with gender and leadership issues and expectations. Raising the Roof in Tulsa is up for promotion to District Manager. She is also the only woman at the management level. Even though her district outperforms her peers, her boss told her she needs to make...

Duration:00:34:50

In the Age of Ageism: Too Young, Too Old, or Just Right

5/25/2022
Let’s be honest. The workplace can be very ageist. Very ageist. Being seen as “too young” or “too old” can stymie your career. How do you manage perceptions that you are “over” qualified or that you don’t have enough experience based on your age? In this episode, Mary and Chris provide advice to listeners who are dealing with ageist perceptions and perspectives. Gambling with My Future in Vegas keeps being told that they are “overqualified” for jobs. How do they neutralize this...

Duration:00:32:49

You’re Wearing That? Dis-Dressed for Success

5/18/2022
After two years of wearing our dress shirts with pajama bottoms, it’s time to dress up for work again. Which for many of us, means the reappearance of the fashion crisis. Just exactly what does “business casual” really mean? And can I still wear my yoga pants to work? In this week’s show, Chris De Santis and Mary Abbajay help listeners navigate the new rules of office dress-up. Hint: the days of mullet dressing are over… Dapper in Delaware wonders if he is just a bit too well dressed for...

Duration:00:32:41

Thanks for the Feedback...Not!

5/11/2022
Does anyone enjoy having to give or receive difficult or “constructive” feedback? Hearing that you are not hitting the mark is never fun. Nor is it enjoyable to be the person who must burst the bubble. Yet, without feedback, it’s hard to know how to adjust one’s performance and behavior. This week’s episode addresses listeners' challenges with giving or receiving feedback. Not Dressed for Success in Sausalito wants to know how to tell their employees that their professional attire is, well,...

Duration:00:32:01

Who's Ready to go Back to the Office?

5/4/2022
Apparently, not everyone is excited to return to the physical office. This week’s episode hears from listeners who are less than thrilled at the prospect of going back to the office. The Party’s Over in Pensacola does NOT want to go back to the physical office. In fact, they dread it. How can they convince their employer to let them stay remote? Boston Yank in Spanx gained a lot of weight during the pandemic, and now he fears being the subject of ridicule and mockery when he returns. How...

Duration:00:29:00

Why I Find You Irritating: Navigating Generational Friction at Work

4/27/2022
Do generational differences at work have you perplexed? Annoyed? Confused? Do you look at other generations at work and think to yourself WTF? Well, Chris De Santis is here to help! In honor of his newly published book Why I Find You Irritating: Navigating Generational Friction at Work, Chris and Mary answer questions from multiple generations about how to deal with each other. Ants in My Pants in Ann Arbor wants to turn down a promotion in order to travel the world. After 4 years in the...

Duration:00:32:59

The Brand of You: How to Build an Authentic Personal Brand & Reputation

4/20/2022
How important is having a personal brand for career success? What’s the difference between your brand and your reputation? How do you know if your brand is working for you? What letter comes after X in the alphabet? Chris and Mary lay out the do’s and don’ts of creating an effective personal brand to ensure a positive reputation. Young and Virtual in VermontBuilding My Brand in BuffaloGoing Social in South CarolinaCurious in ConnecticutMight Be Misaligned in MichiganWe’re here to help you...

Duration:00:33:30

And the Survey Says....

4/13/2022
In this special episode, Chris and Mary share listeners’ thoughts and LinkedIn poll results on various workplace and career topics. Check out this episode to learn you and other listeners think about Pay Transparency, Introversion and Extroversion, Family Leave, Big Ideas, Workplace Appreciation, Micromanagers, and other topics! Show us your love! Please give us a review wherever you listen to your podcasts. We’re here to help you succeed! Send us your workplace dilemmas or career...

Duration:00:31:51

Can I Pick Your Brain? The Art of Asking for Favors

4/6/2022
When it comes to favors, are you a giver or a taker? Do you make it easy for people to say yes to favors? Do you reciprocate? Are you tired of people asking you for favors? If so, this episode is for you. Chris and Mary give out some tough love on the art of asking for and receiving favors. Don’t break your favor bank! Unimpressed with the Unprepared in L.A. has a big problem with people asking to meet with him to “pick his brain” and then these people show up late and unprepared for the...

Duration:00:31:20

Should I Speak Up or Shut Up? Dealing with Annoying Colleagues

3/30/2022
How do you annoy me? Let me count the ways! In this episode, Mary and Chris address listeners’ complaints about their annoying co-workers. When dealing with bothersome behaviors in others, should we speak up, shut up, or suck it up? Pompous Panelist in Pasadena wants to know how to deal with a fellow panelist who is obnoxious, pompous, and overly self-promoting. Should they say something? How can they hold their own with an air hog? Should I Say Something in St. Louis can’t help but notice...

Duration:00:31:33

Where Did My Mojo Go? Tips to Get & Stay Motivated

3/23/2022
Have you ever lost your mojo? Has two years of remote work left you feeling unmotivated and unconnected? Are you trying to get back in the groove? If so, you are not alone! This week’s episode answers listeners’ questions about how to get and stay motivated. In other words, how to get your groove back. Rudderless in Raleigh has lost her mojo. Is it her? Is it her Job? Or is it just this &#$#@ never-ending pandemic? Just Plain Stumped in Jackson manages a remote team that seems to be out of...

Duration:00:34:03

Why Can't We Be Friends? Navigating Workplace Friendships

3/16/2022
Workplace friendships are the topic of this week’s show. The workplace is a social system--but does that mean that we HAVE to be friends with the people we work with? How much friendship is too much friendship? How much friendliness is too little? Is it okay to be best friends with your boss? Mary and Chris help both the friendless and overly friendly navigate this tricky landscape. Friendless and Fabulous in Fremont doesn’t want to be friends with their co-workers. Is it wrong to not...

Duration:00:33:34

What's The Big Idea? How to Get Others to Love Your Ideas!

3/9/2022
Are you an idea person or are you an idea implementer? How can you get others to buy into your ideas? In this episode, Mary and Chris offer strategies to get your great ideas heard and implemented! Bewitched in Boulder loves (his) big ideas. The problem? He doesn’t like to implement them. Is there a way that he can job craft himself out of implementation? Workplace Newbie in Wisconsin can’t get her “older” managers to buy into her new work ideas. How can she get her ideas “heard” by senior...

Duration:00:31:21

Introverts Are Humans Too: Tips for Working With Opposites

3/2/2022
In this episode, Mary and Chris help introverts and extroverts cross the great divide of communication and collaboration. Talk to Me in Tallahassee is frustrated by their introverted colleague--who just doesn’t seem to communicate enough. Need My Space in Needham dreads having to return to the physical workplace because of the dreaded “open space” office plan. Introverted in Indiana has been told that they must “get over” their introversion to be a good boss. WTF??? Show us your love!...

Duration:00:33:37