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Women at Work

97 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

97 Episodes | 2018 - 2022

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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Our theme …

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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All the Help We Can Get

October 5th, 2020


We’re going to need all the help we can get to make it through this pandemic. But asking for help isn’t easy, especially when everyone around you is also maxed out. We assume that our request will be an imposition, or …

How Mothers WFH Are Negotiating What’s Normal

October 12th, 2020


Many months into the pandemic, we examine the effects working from home is having on the ways housework and childcare get done there. Forced togetherness and relentless negotiations for space and time are creating a …

Too Shy to Be a Leader?

October 19th, 2020


We all have preconceived notions about which personality types are fit to be in positions of power. And as a result, a lot of incompetent men become …

Going Back to the Office

October 26th, 2020


If working from home intensified the invisible labor women do and put even more pressure on us professionally and personally, what should we expect …

How Women Who’ve Lost Work Are Coping

November 2nd, 2020


The pandemic has taken jobs, gigs, customers, and contracts from countless women. And many still aren’t sure when their industries will reopen or when clients will be ready to hire them again.

Three women — a massage …

Now Is a Good Time to Take Care of Ourselves

November 9th, 2020


Are you exhausted? We are. Between the long hours working from home during a pandemic, the mental load of worrying about the outcome of the election, and the lack of sleep that all of this has brought on, it’s no wonder …

Let’s Take Our Side Gigs Off the Back-Burner

November 16th, 2020


Investing time and energy in a hobby, project, or side gig — what a healthy idea! We know that pursuing interests outside of work can help stave off burnout, prompt us to pursue career goals, and guard against the …

When You’re Ready for a Big Career Move

November 23rd, 2020


Sometimes you want to make a career change. Not the next logical step on your current career path, like a more senior title or taking on more responsibility, but a leap to a new path altogether. Research shows that …

Has Anything Changed for Black Women at Work?

November 30th, 2020


This year many companies made public commitments to fight racism in their workplaces. But what progress have these organizations made in the six months since the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless …

When You Need Time Off for Health Reasons

December 7th, 2020


When an acute or chronic health issue disrupts our work life, how do we let our bosses and coworkers know? How vulnerable should we be? And, as …

Welcome Back to Remote Work, New Moms

December 14th, 2020


We’re delighted to have our colleague Erica back at work. She had her second kid in June and was on parental leave until December. She and her …

We Answer Questions from Early Career Listeners

December 21st, 2020


What should I do if I’m left out of important meetings? How do I balance assertiveness and persuasion? Should I talk to my boss about infertility? …

May We Recommend…Coaching Real Leaders

February 1st, 2021


When we’re trying to make a career move or overcome a professional challenge, certain habits and behaviors of ours can prevent us from growing and succeeding. In Coaching Real Leaders, longtime leadership coach Muriel …

Introducing a Pick-Me-Up for Moms and Dads

March 31st, 2021


By this point in the pandemic, parents are running on fumes. Amy Gallo introduces two HBR editors who want to help lift spirits and keep careers advancing through a four-episode series we’re presenting called Family …

Family Management: Meet the Parents

April 5th, 2021


Erica and Kevin show snapshots of life for them these days — basically, frantically working when not giving their all to childcare. They discuss how they’re handling the latest challenges working parenthood has thrown …

Family Management: Everyday Joys

April 12th, 2021


Before Kevin had kids, he believed they’d bring him pure joy. So after the birth of his first child, he was blindsided by how little joy he actually felt. The big emotions, which people had gushed to him about, never …

Family Management: On the Cusp of Parenthood

April 19th, 2021


We get inside the head of a woman whose due date is just days away. She shares with Erica her worries, hopes, and questions about how having a baby will change her career. Erica offers practical advice for managing a …

Family Management: Looking to a Post-Pandemic Future

April 26th, 2021


As more and more people get vaccinated against Covid-19, how do you lead your family through this safer but not coronavirus-free new world? Two …

The Essentials: Giving Feedback

May 3rd, 2021


This is the first episode in a new series called The Essentials, where we invite women from essential sectors (think health care and education) to join us in interviewing experts on essential career topics (think …

The Essentials: Dealing with Stress

May 10th, 2021


Stress affects everyone, but we all express and experience it differently. Hearing how a nurse practitioner responds to the various stressors of her job reveals how stress works at a fundamental level. Workplace …

The Essentials: Being Productive

May 17th, 2021


Why is it that we often wake up with big plans — and seemingly enough energy to complete the tasks on our to-do list — and go to bed lamenting all the unfinished work?

A social worker joins Emily to pose questions about …

The Essentials: Negotiating Strategically

May 24th, 2021


How can we get better at negotiating? We hear from a butter maker and entrepreneur about a sensitive deal she recently navigated and then use that experience to draw out the principles and practices essential to any …

Introducing Season 7

October 4th, 2021


So many of us are either at a turning point professionally or managing life on the threshold. We’re weighing whether or not it’s time to change jobs. …

What It Takes to Make a Major Change

October 11th, 2021


It’s one thing to know you want to upgrade your work life. It’s another to take the steps necessary to establish a new routine and career outlook. There are three phases to any major life change, according to management …

Leaders to Learn From

October 18th, 2021


In leading their teams and organizations through a crisis, women have repeatedly stepped up to the plate. How have they done it? By flexing the leadership capabilities that set them apart, such as taking initiative and …

Dealing with the Feels After an Employee Quits

October 25th, 2021


If you’ve invested in someone you manage, it’s natural to feel hurt when that person tells you they’re leaving. Yet the classic management advice is: Don’t take it personally. Be professional. Acknowledging your …

So You’re Thinking About Quitting Your Job…

November 1st, 2021


We all go through periods at work when we think, I am done with this job and ready to move on. But are you really ready to leave your team and your company? You owe it to your career and your future self to make that …

If We Want Equity, Work Needs to Be Less Greedy

November 8th, 2021


One way to help close the gender earnings gap? Deliberate redundancy at work, according to economic historian Claudia Goldin. Claudia expands on this …

Take Control of Your Onboarding

November 15th, 2021


How are women who started a job remotely during the pandemic faring? Have they been receiving the support and making the connections necessary to …

Becoming a Leader When Everything Is Shifting

November 22nd, 2021


Once you’ve committed to a leadership role — formally and officially or simply in your mind and heart — getting everyone else at work to buy in …

What’s Changed About How We Show Up at Work

November 29th, 2021


Which feelings (and shoes) are work-appropriate these days? What happens now with the transparency and informality that, for many professionals working from home, became more normal and acceptable? How do …

Keep the Challenges of Freelancing in Check

December 6th, 2021


Why do some freelancers feel depleted and discouraged at the end of their workdays while others feel happy and hopeful? Having a successful career in …

Forging Ahead — or Plowing Through

December 16th, 2021


Just like 2020, this past year didn’t turn out like we expected. And, yet, we got through it. In this episode, we reconnect with three women who were on our show during the height of the pandemic to find out what …

Stacey Abrams and Lara Hodgson on Starting and Scaling a Small Business

February 21st, 2022


Thinking about starting a small business? Or looking to expand a business you’ve already launched? Entrepreneurs Stacey Abrams and Lara Hodgson were blindsided by the cash-flow problems and other systemic issues they …

The Essentials: Retaining Talent

April 4th, 2022


Every manager worries at some point that their best employees are eyeing the door. What can you do to convince your team members to stay? How do you assess whether they’re engaged? What actions can you take and …

The Essentials: Persuading People

April 11th, 2022


We all need to be persuasive. Maybe you’re trying to get clients to buy into your idea, trust your expertise, or sign on with your company. Or …

The Essentials: Managing Up

April 18th, 2022


Having a healthy, mutually beneficial relationship with your boss doesn’t require accommodating their every quirk, demand, and weakness. There are …

The Essentials: Delegating Effectively

April 25th, 2022


Delegating is a leadership skill that benefits you and your team. But determining when and how to delegate which tasks to whom can be overwhelming. And the discomfort many of us feel around assigning responsibilities to …

When a Relationship with a Colleague Goes Sour

May 16th, 2022


Say someone on your team who had previously been friendly turns on you and is now making your life miserable and collaboration nearly impossible. …

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