42 minutes | Feb 24, 2020

How To Deal With Soul-Sucking Workplace Archetypes

It’s vampire time! Yes, it’s a weird way to introduce this episode. But we’re not talking about the Bram Stoker version of vampires. This episode is all about the kind of people (fully alive, not undead) who suck the joy and energy out of your work day, i.e. the “paranoids,” “histrionics” and “narcissists” that inevitably infiltrate most offices.In that vein, we’re taking a page, literally, from the book, “Emotional Vampires: Dealing with People Who Drain You Dry” by Albert Bernstein. And joining us for a chat about how to throw open the curtains and burn these beasts with sunlight is the hilarious Akilah Hughes. She’s co-host of Crooked Media’s daily podcast “What A Day,” the author of a new memoir “Obviously: Stories From My Timeline,” a television correspondent for multiple networks, and just for kicks she’s also a popular YouTuber, stand-up comic and former Disney World employee. Workplace-wise, Akilah has seen it all. Then, listener Sara is competing with her subordinate for a new job--which is awkward, to say the least. And listener Cassie is trying to deal with being laid off, but having to stay in her company to train the new team. OUCH. Liz and Rico have some thoughts for Cassie on how to stay positive in this tough work situation. Last but not least, Liz and Rico read a letter from a listener who has been banned from every breakroom in her office, which makes us wonder if this anonymous listener has asked themselves why?As always, if you've got a burning workplace question and need some advice, don't hesitate to send us an email (that email, unsurprisingly, is also Safe@Wondery.com). You can also find us on Twitter, we’re @SafeFor Work. Don't forget to follow our sage hosts on Twitter, too; they're @SSLiz and @RicoGagliano. And if you want to check out Liz’s other show, Satellite Sisters, you can find it on Apple Podcasts or Art19.From our sponsors:Try Freshbooks for FREE for 30 days at freshbooks.com/safe and enter Safe For Work in the "How Did You Hear About Us?" section to get started.
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