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Women at Work

58 EpisodesProduced by Harvard Business ReviewWebsite

Women face gender discrimination throughout our careers. It doesn't have to derail our ambitions — but how do we prepare to deal with it? There's no workplace orientation session about narrowing the wage gap, standing up to interrupting male colleagues, or taking on many other issues we encounter at… read more

58 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

Introducing Women at Work

January 16th, 2018


Conversations about the workplace, and women's place in it.

Make Yourself Heard

January 24th, 2018


Have you ever been in a meeting and shared an idea, only to have it ignored? Then, 10 minutes later, a guy shares the same idea, and your boss says …

Couples That Work

February 1st, 2018


Simmering resentments over whose career comes first. Bickering over household tasks. Arguments over who should pick up the kids this time. This is …

Lead with Authenticity

February 9th, 2018


As leaders, we know we’re supposed to be authentic, but for women, that can be tricky. For one thing, it can be hard to even know what our “true selves” want with all the demands competing for our attention. For …

Mind the (Wage) Gap

February 21st, 2018


Do you earn the same salary as your male coworkers? How certain are you? For women, the wage gap is a common concern, for good reason: the average, …

Work After #MeToo

March 1st, 2018


The hand on the thigh. The creepy come-on. The lingering leer. These are some of the milder forms of sexual harassment that women have been reporting in the wake of the #MeToo outpouring. Other women have made …

The Advice We Get and Give

March 8th, 2018


Don’t negotiate against yourself. It’s OK to drop the ball. Sleep. We get wisdom from women who are experts on how we work — and who have advice on how to ask for more money, achieve more by doing less, and avoid …

Back in September with Season Two!

June 19th, 2018


Hi team! Help shape our conversations by responding to these questions. You can answer as few or as many as you’d like:

  • What work decisions do you …

Introducing Season Two

August 27th, 2018


Women at Work is back Sept. 17 with stories, conversations, and practical advice about women and work. Expect to hear from us every Monday for the next couple of months.

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Let’s Do Less Dead-End Work

September 17th, 2018


Could you take notes? Would you mind ordering lunch? We need someone to organize the offsite event — can you do that? Whether you’ve just started …

Managing Parental Leave (Yours or Someone Else’s)

September 24th, 2018


Having a baby is exciting — and exhausting. Figuring out how to take parental leave, or manage someone who’s doing it, can add an extra wrinkle.

No matter how long you’ll be away from work, there’s preparation to be …

Making Great Decisions

October 1st, 2018


There’s a lot that goes into making a good decision at work: figuring out priorities, coming up with options, analyzing those — and several steps later, planning for what to do if you’re wrong. If you’re a woman, you …

We Deserve Better Than “Attagirl”

October 9th, 2018


Hearing your manager say you’re doing a great job is, of course, lovely. But without examples of your greatness in action, or suggestions for how to be even better, you don’t have the information you need to keep …

Perfect Is the Enemy

October 15th, 2018


If you’ve worked your way up in a competitive field — or are anxious by nature — you may have perfectionist tendencies. Maybe you’re a hard-driving, obsessive worker who thinks a task is never quite done. Or maybe …

The Art of Claiming Credit

October 22nd, 2018


Have you ever offered up an idea in a meeting and been ignored — but then, 10 minutes later, a man repeated the idea and everyone called it brilliant? Or have you ever worked hard on a team project and been left off the …

When We Make All (or Most of) the Money

October 29th, 2018


Women are increasingly supporting our families financially. It can feel empowering to be the sole or primary earner, but many of us feel pressure to …

Sisterhood Is Scarce

November 5th, 2018


The glass ceiling is the classic symbol of the barrier women bump into as we go through our careers. But for women of color, that barrier is more …

Your Parental Leave Stories

November 12th, 2018


We bring you three stories about parental leave, from listeners whose experiences with it changed them, for better or for worse. They talk about having to fight for more time off, go back to work before they were ready, …

Sisterhood Is Power

November 19th, 2018


It takes time and care to develop trusting relationships with the women we work with, particularly women who are different from us in some way. But …

Self-Disclosure at Work (and Behind the Mic)

November 26th, 2018


In this special live episode, we share stories, research, and practical advice for strategic self-disclosure, and then take questions from the audience. Guest: Katherine Phillips. Our theme music is Matt Hill’s “City In …

Meet Our New Co-Host!

March 6th, 2019


Amy Gallo is a contributing editor for HBR, an expert on conflict and difficult conversations, a prolific giver of advice — and now she takes up the …

Introducing Season Three

April 1st, 2019


Women at Work is back April 15 with stories, conversations, and practical advice about being a woman in the workplace. Expect to hear from us every Monday for the next couple of months.

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Managing Burnout

April 15th, 2019


Working long hours won’t necessarily burn us out, but getting too little sleep or feeling unappreciated might. Women commonly face extra stressors, like office chores or doing a “second shift” at home, that can leave us …

Step into the Spotlight

April 22nd, 2019


There are lots of ways to get visibility at work: give a presentation, speak up in a meeting, have lunch with a senior leader. When done well, in front of people with influence, these actions can lead to a promotion, a …

The Upside of Working Motherhood

April 29th, 2019


You’ve heard the story: Motherhood and work are at odds, and women who pursue both have to make endless trade-offs and compromises. And yet, lots of …

No Partner, No Kids, No Problem

May 6th, 2019


If you aren’t married and don’t have kids, people at work might assume a lot of things: that you can stay late at the office, that you can’t possibly understand their stories about parenthood, that you just haven’t …

Sorry Not Sorry

May 13th, 2019


Lots of us have heard the advice that we should stop apologizing so much, especially at work. But do women really say “sorry” too often? And will it …

When Women Compete

May 20th, 2019


Why is it that competing with a man to get a promotion, lead a project, or influence a decision can feel so satisfying, while competing with a woman can feel so uncomfortable? And why is normal, healthy conflict between …

There’s More to Gender Than “Man” and “Woman”

May 27th, 2019


Research shows that people who don’t conform to the gender binary are often mistreated by their colleagues, their managers, or HR. Some get fired, …

When You’re Responsible for Eldercare

June 3rd, 2019


Caring for sick or elderly family members is still mostly women’s work, according to research. The emotional labor and unpredictability of this work …

Why Things Aren’t Better, Yet

June 10th, 2019


Since #MeToo became a household term, a lot of people have been trying to make work a safer place for everyone. But organizational change is slow, …

Sisterhood Is Trust

June 17th, 2019


Emotional vulnerability makes high-quality relationships at work possible. When we’ve built trust and understanding with colleagues, we’re more …

Introducing Season Four

October 7th, 2019


Women at Work is back Oct. 14 with stories, conversations, and practical advice about being a woman in the workplace. Expect to hear from us every Monday for the next couple of months.

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Let’s Talk About Money

October 14th, 2019


One of the primary reasons we work is to earn money, but many of us feel uncomfortable telling others how much we make. This fear may be working against women, because research has shown that salary transparency can …

Networking Doesn’t Have to Be a Drag

October 21st, 2019


If you hate networking events, it may be comforting to hear that experts don’t think they’re a great way to build strong relationships anyway. There are more natural, less transactional ways to connect with people, …

Sponsorship: Defining the Relationship

October 29th, 2019


Having a sponsor — someone who can use their influence to push your career forward — is invaluable. But how exactly they do this, and what your role …

Work Friendships Are Mostly Amazing and Sometimes Messy

November 4th, 2019


Say you get along especially well with a colleague. You find yourself hanging out at each other’s desks, texting instead of emailing, meeting up for …

May We Recommend…The Anxious Achiever

November 7th, 2019


Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., where the culture tells people who suffer from anxiety and depression that they …

How We Take Care of Ourselves

November 11th, 2019


Despite what we see on Instagram, self-care isn’t just about face masks and massages (although those are nice). It’s about spending your time, including your workday, in ways that prioritize the things and people you …

How to Make Part Time Work for You

November 18th, 2019


There are a lot of reasons working part time might make sense: among them, you have more hours in the week to take care of kids or parents, take on …

Navigating Conflict

November 25th, 2019


We all face conflict at work. Maybe it’s a boss who took all the credit for your project or a colleague who keeps going over your head to get more …

Aging Up, Not Out

December 2nd, 2019


Starting sometime around our mid-50s, work presents us with a new set of biases. Coworkers assume that older people are tired and uninterested in …

When You Work in a Male-Dominated Industry

December 9th, 2019


Being treated like an outsider. Feeling like you have to prove yourself. Struggling to make your voice heard. Whether it’s overt discrimination or more subtle forms of bias, male-dominated industries like engineering …

Seeing Ourselves as Leaders

December 16th, 2019


The shift from being part of a team to leading one isn’t like flipping a switch; it’s a process, and often an awkward one. Not only do you have to …

Nicole’s Got News

March 10th, 2020


Our dear co-host is leaving the show.

Season 5 Is on the Way

March 31st, 2020


Women at Work is back April 13 with stories, conversations, and practical advice about being a woman in the workplace. Expect to hear from us every Monday through the spring.

We’re Beyond Stretched

April 13th, 2020


This pandemic is affecting men and women differently. Women are bearing an even greater burden at home, in their communities, and at work—and many aren’t sure how to cope with the increased emotional and logistical load.

Making the Most of This Mess

April 20th, 2020


A lot has changed in the past few weeks. The coronavirus crisis has affected everything from our well-being to our ability to do our jobs. But are there things about how we are working and living now — in the midst of a …

So Many Feelings

April 27th, 2020


Many women feel pressure to hide their feelings in order to be seen as professional. But now, in the midst of this crisis, it may not be feasible — or even preferable — to force ourselves to keep it together or to …

A Time for Women Leaders to Shine

May 4th, 2020


Healthcare workers are overwhelmingly women, but few are in positions of leadership. We hear from Sheila Davis, who became a nurse in the 1980s and is now CEO of Partners In Health.

She talks about decision making and …

When Your Career Is Suddenly on Hold

May 11th, 2020


The coronavirus crisis immediately disrupted day-to-day work. And it’s increasingly disrupting women’s careers, with layoffs, hiring freezes, and …

Advice for Less Than Optimal Circumstances

May 18th, 2020


With half my department furloughed, how can I keep from burning out and losing ground in my career? How can I best lead a large team that’s half remote? We respond to these questions and others from listeners looking …

Working Through Menopause (at Work)

May 25th, 2020


In most workplaces, menopause is a taboo topic. Every woman’s transition is different, but it’s a shared experience worth talking about. But how do you tell your boss that your mood swings and brain fog are related to …

Helping Men Help Us

June 1st, 2020


Gender equity at work won’t happen without men. But what exactly should men be doing? How should they support the women they work with? And in what …

Sisterhood Is Critical to Racial Justice

June 8th, 2020


Work is among the many places where white people have long been indifferent to the hardships black colleagues face. One way white women can advance …

Unpause Yourself

June 15th, 2020


The pandemic and its economic fallout have caused many of us to feel like we’ve lost control over our professional lives. But there are steps you can …

Starting Your Career in a Pandemic

June 22nd, 2020


Starting out your career is a formative, fragile time — in the best of circumstances. It’s even more challenging during the intersecting crises we’re living through. Many young women are navigating work relationships …

Introducing Season 6

September 24th, 2020


Women at Work returns October 5 with candid conversations and practical advice that’ll help get you through the messiness of 2020. Plus, we have a new host!

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