Cubicle Confidential

Cubicle Confidential

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!


September 20, 2023 31 mins

Did you know that only 48% of Americans use all their vacation days?

You have paid time off for a reason, and taking a vacation reduces stress, improves well-being, and boosts productivity, so it’s important to capitalize on that benefit!

This week, we hear from listeners who don’t want to let their PTO go to waste. Tune in to hear Mary and Chris’ advice on how to ask your boss for some me time.

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We’re taking a little trip down memory lane to revisit one of our most popular episodes! This week, we’re traveling back in time to Season Two to relearn how to navigate generational friction at work – which is essential to succeeding in today’s multi-generational workplace!

Do generational differences have work have you perplexed? Annoyed? Confused? Do you look at other generations at work and think to yourself WTF?

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August 16, 2023 32 mins

Are you looking to make a move within your company?

Maybe you want a new role or maybe you are trying to decide whether to change bosses.

This week, we hear from listeners interested in advancing their careers and setting themselves up for success at work. Tune in to hear Mary and Chris’ advice on mentorship, internal mobility, and moving up the corporate ladder!

Alice in Corporateland, Minnesota  is new ...

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August 9, 2023 30 mins

Let’s go around the world in 30 minutes!

Our listeners are working across the globe, and they need our help dealing with time changes that leave them always on the clock, bridging cultural gaps, and transferring overseas.

Tune in to travel to workplaces far and wide with us in this episode!

Not Enthralled with Being On Call in Milwaukee works for a company with offices in Asia, France, and the U.S. None o...

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August 2, 2023 33 mins

What’s a dish that’s best served cold?

Yes, you guessed it! We’re talking about revenge.

This week, we hear from listeners who aren’t interested in forgiving and forgetting but want to get back at their perpetrators. Tune in to hear Mary and Chris’ advice about whether or not, revenge is a dish that should be served at all…

Here Not There in Zelienople is dealing with a revengeful colleague who is bitter ...

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July 26, 2023 33 mins

Are you afraid to give feedback? Does the idea of giving someone difficult feedback give you cold sweats?

Well, fear no more, because, in this special episode, Chris and Mary are joined by author and feedback expert Joe Hirsch! Joe shares his wisdom on how to give fearless feedback. If you want to have more caring, candid, and collaborative conversations, Joe shows us how.

Joe Hirsch, author of The Feedback Fix, ...

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Have you ever made a decision and then almost immediately regretted it? Or maybe you’ve been sold something that wasn’t quite what it seemed?

This week, we hear from listeners who are in some sticky situations that they’re looking to get out of or turn around. Tune in to hear Mary and Chris’ advice on how to make lemonade out of lemons!

The Bavarian Blues in Paramus took a job at a company because of the opportuni...

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July 12, 2023 32 mins

We’re going back to the beginning and reviewing our ABC’s…

…and in this case, we mean Always Be Closing in relation to making sales.

This week, we hear from listeners who could use some extra support to close deals. Tune in to hear Mary and Chris’ top sales advice!

Beauty’s Only Skin Deep in Sacramento just started her first job at a popular beauty products chain. She’s a salesperson and the job pays mini...

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July 5, 2023 34 mins

There are some new kids on the block!

Gen Z’er’s are entering the workplace and they’re bringing their opinions, feelings, and social awareness with them.

Some of our listeners are struggling to understand and work with this younger generation. Tune in to hear Mary and Chris’ strategies to maximize the potential of these new youngsters in the workplace.

Trigger’s A Horse in Houston wants to know what the ...

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June 28, 2023 33 mins

Career mobility might not be as straightforward as you think…

…because not everyone actually wants to move up the corporate ladder (shocking, we know!)

This week, we hear from a listener wanting to move up, one looking to step down, and one ready to move across. Tune in to hear Mary and Chris’ advice on how to take control of your career – no matter where you want to take it!

All That Sparkles Is Not Gold...

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June 21, 2023 32 mins

Are you a creature of habit?

Maybe you wake up at the same time each morning, eat the same meal for lunch, or are wed to particular processes or protocols.

This week we hear from a few listeners stuck in their ways and one who wants to change them.

My Way Or The Highway in Wyoming is trying to teach a new employee how to properly take inventory and it’s falling on deaf ears. They explain it, show him how...

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June 14, 2023 36 mins

“There aren’t enough hours in the day!”

Do you feel like you have too much to do and too little time?

You’re not alone.

This week we hear from listeners who feel like time isn’t on their side. Tune in to hear Mary and Chris’ best time management tips!

Paula The Procrastinator works in professional services and needs help to overcome her procrastinator ways. She just finished the first year of he...

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June 7, 2023 32 mins

What really gets under your skin?

Is it when employees make the same mistakes over and over again? Or maybe it’s ungrateful staff…or just plain jerks in the workplace?

This week we hear from listeners who are feeling annoyed and need to rant about it!

Fed Up in Chicago is a partner at a big bad law firm and is being framed as the villain because he’s asking his associates to stay late, come in early, or ...

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May 31, 2023 31 mins

Age is just a number! Well, until it isn’t.

Our listeners are feeling some of the pains of getting older – and we don’t mean back aches. We’re talking about ageism at work.

Tune in to hear Mary and Chris’ advice about how to deal with ageism in the workplace.

Aging Angst in Manhattan recently saw Chris DeSantis speak where he asked the audience who were the Boomers in the room. They didn’t raise their han...

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May 23, 2023 33 mins

So, you’ve been promoted to manager…congratulations! And, well, condolences.

Managing a team can be a great resume builder and a rewarding way to develop talent, but it’s certainly no walk in the park.

This week, we hear from listeners whose leadership positions are leaving them stuck between a rock and a hard place.

In this special 100th episode, it’s Mary’s turn to face off against the machine this tim...

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May 17, 2023 31 mins

How do you remain authentic while keeping it work-appropriate?

This week, we’re hearing from listeners who want to bring their true selves to work while keeping their careers on track…and sometimes those two things don’t necessarily line up.

Tune in to hear Mary and Chris’ advice on how to keep it real and run a tight ship to get ahead and stay ahead.

Time Matters in Tempe’s boss is always late to team me...

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May 10, 2023 32 mins

Mary is shifting the power of this episode…

And she’s making Chris answer three questions he’s never seen before with an added twist!

Chris DeSantis is going up against ChatGPT in this Man vs. Machine duel.

Who do you think will give better advice? The man or the machine?! Does Artificial Intelligence have the power to run us out of business?

Tune in to hear Chris’ and ChatGPT’s answers to these...

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May 3, 2023 33 mins

Have you ever made a sacrifice just to fit in?

From slightly changing your appearance to completely ditching your morals, we’re hearing from listeners who feel like outsiders but desire to be in the In-crowd.

Tune in to hear Mary and Chris’s advice on when you should try to fit in or dare to be different and stand out!

Yes, But in Minneapolis took a new corporate job in marketing for a home goods chain. T...

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April 26, 2023 30 mins

Well, that was awkward…

This week, we hear from listeners who are experiencing some cringey situations in their workplaces. Tune in to hear Mary and Chris’s suggestions about how to take the awk out of awkward.

Cat’s Out of the Bag in Benton works with a cat lady…who brings her cats into the office. He doesn’t like cats, but the cats apparently like him. They end up under his desk, on his cubicle shelf, or occasi...

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April 19, 2023 30 mins

Plot twist! Mary is keeping Chris on his toes by giving him the title of the episode without sharing the questions with him in advance – leaving him no time to prepare.

How annoying is that?!

In this episode, listeners share their frustrations at work in the hopes that Mary and Chris can alleviate their annoyances.

Fuhgeddaboudit is 68 years old, still works, and still sends handwritten thank-you notes. H...

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