The Drama-Free Workplace with Patti Perez

The Drama-Free Workplace with Patti Perez

Can you imagine life with no drama? If you envy your friend or colleague who seems to embrace her inner Gandhi, then this is the podcast for you. Drawing on wisdom from her Salvadoran immigrant roots, stories from her (almost) 30 year career as an attorney (don’t hold that against her), workplace investigator and best-selling author, Patti Perez will make you laugh, cry and think – but most importantly she will motivate you to act by providing practical advice to manage and resolve conflict, at work and beyond.

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August 28, 2021 37 mins

Are you a hopeless romantic? Are you on the lookout for love? Do you dream of finding the Pam to your Jim, or vice versa? We end up spending a lot of time with people at our workplaces, but what happens when a co-working relationship gets a little bit hotter than reviewing each other's spreadsheets? Find out today, as we get spicy in...I’m just a gigolo… Part Two!

In the episode, we are given Patti’s infamous Gigolo story, hold...

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In honor of our recent webinar led by Dr. Rochelle Johnson, this week, we wanted to re-release an episode from the Intersectionality Series that Dr. J joined us for last season. For more on Dr. J, check out her coaching offerings HERE.

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In this episode, Patti welcomes friend and colleague Dr. Rochelle Johnson Benning to not just the podcast but also the PersuasionPoint team. Dr. Johnson Benning shar...

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In honor of our recent webinar led by Dr. Rochelle Johnson, this week, we wanted to re-release an episode from the Intersectionality Series that Dr. J joined us for last season. For more on Dr. J, check out her coaching offerings HERE.

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In the final episode of the Intersectionality Series, Dr. Rochelle Johnson Benning and Patti talk about how interconnected each dimension of self-care is with the re...

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June 19, 2021 38 mins

Do you find yourself constantly reaching for a refill of coffee? Do you yearn for five more minutes in bed in the morning? Do you find yourself having a hard time shutting your brain off for a good night's rest? In this special episode, Patti Perez and Dr. Rochelle Johnson (Dr. J) discuss why sleep is the most crucial part of wellness. So join us, as we daydream of catching some good ZZZs.

Episode Highlights include:

  1.  Why be...
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June 5, 2021 33 mins

Are you a hopeless romantic? Are you on the lookout for love? Do you dream of finding the Pam to your Jim, or vice versa? We end up spending a lot of time with people at our workplaces, but what happens when a co-working relationship gets a little bit hotter than reviewing each other's spreadsheets? Find out today, as we get spicy in...I’m just a gigolo…

In the episode, we address dating co-workers in the workplace! We reached ...

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May 22, 2021 34 mins

“Don’t bring that up.” “Now is not the time or place for that discussion.” “Mind your business.” There are many times where we have been told certain topics are too taboo for the workplace. But, has making topics taboo actually helped us in the long run? Join Patti and Katie as they take you there in Like a Prayer…

In the episode we address three main concepts:

  • The importance of going beyond “tolerance” in the workplace and givin...
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May 8, 2021 46 mins

Have you ever traveled abroad and said something or made a gesture that, as it turns out, means something entirely different in that country, language or culture? Have you ever tried to communicate with someone who doesn’t speak the same language as you do? Do you just speak more slowly and more loudly to be understood? In today’s episode of the “You Can’t Make This Sh*t Up” series, join Patti and Katie as they explore these questi...

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April 24, 2021 25 mins

Do Cheaters have spots or stripes? Whoops sorry. Cheetahs… I meant Cheetahs… Do cheetahs have spots or stripes? This week, Patti starts her new series, You Can’t Make That Sh*t Up. In this inaugural episode titled, Cheetah Porn. Joined again by Katie Foggiano, Patti shares the final swan song of her investigations, involving cheaters, embezzlement, and of course… Cheetah Porn. 

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April 7, 2021 39 mins

This week, Patti introduces a new series format for the podcast, focusing on getting back to her roots - keeping workplaces free of drama. This episode also has a special surprise guest, Katie Foggiano, PersuasionPoint’s Director of Operations (aka the Human Swiss Army Knife).

Patti and Katie start by dissecting Katie’s favorite quote from The Drama-Free Workplace, “A culture that is healthy, inclusive, and respectful, can and shoul...

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February 5, 2021 36 mins

In this episode, Patti delves into the top three emerging trends she is seeing in the workplace. In the first episode of this two-part series, she discusses Reimagining HR departments, a focus on holistic well-being, and why companies need to start preparing for Gen Z in the workplace.

On Reimagining HR Departments

Studies on Lack of Trust:

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In the final episode of the Intersectionality Series, Dr. Rochelle Johnson Benning and Patti talk about how interconnected each dimension of self care is with the resilience necessary to avoid burnout. They highlight everything from the often-overlooked social aspect of wellbeing to financial wellness and the validity of different types of coping skills.

We live in a time and place where self care is deemed a reward instead of neces...

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Dr. Johnson Benning and Patti continue to offer strategies for resilience building that speaks to where resilience meets intersectionality. Just like you can’t separate intersectionality and its psychological effects during a global pandemic and a contentious election, you can’t separate out building resilience. 

In an age where what seems simple is also radical, finding meaning in simplicity often requires a critical eye on what wo...

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Dr. Johnson Benning is back, continuing to chat with Patti about intersectionality especially as it relates to young women of color. They talk about the impossibility of compartmentalization, the layers that bring intersectionality and mental health together, and the concept of work/life endurance.

From little traumas to big Trauma, Dr. Johnson Benning discusses compounding stressors, including microaggressions, that lead to poor ph...

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In this episode, Patti welcomes friend and colleague Dr. Rochelle Johnson Benning to not just the podcast but also the PersuasionPoint team. Dr. Johnson Benning shares about herself, her career journey and paths, and the overarching connections between intersectionality and mental health. 

She and Patti gear up for the next episode, where they’ll talk about just how all of these connections are influenced and affected by the pandemi...

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In this episode, Patti introduces a new series on the concept of intersectionality and links it to pay inequity. She specifically looks at the lowest paid of all workers - Latinas who earn only 54 cents on the dollar compared to white men.

Latina Equal Pay Website: https://www.latinaequalpay.org/

Kimberle Crenshaw TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/kimberle_crenshaw_the_urgency_of_intersectionality?language=en 

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In this episode, I conclude the Gloria and Archie saga by not only answering the four specific questions posed (the four separate concerns Gloria identified), but I also focus on how to eliminate bias from next steps, and guide listeners through a framework on how to get things back on track after an investigation.

Specifically, Patti takes us through:

What other work was accomplished to reach a conclusion

  • Who ...
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Join me in the continuing saga of Gloria and Archie. Gloria says Archie has shown himself to be racially biased, but Archie says he's not...although he admits he speaks his mind. In this episode, I go over how I analyzed the evidence I collected and share some of the fascinating stories from other investigations I conducted during my years as a workplace sleuth.

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September 24, 2020 44 mins

In today's episode, we hear from Archie, the colleague Gloria accused of spewing anti-diversity sentiments at diversity committee meetings (and engaging in other behavior Gloria found questionable or inappropriate). Hear how Archie responds to these accusations and hear more insight on how to make sure your workplace investigation interviews set the right tone, create the right environment, and help you get to the truth.

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Patti introduces her new series - "Stories from the Trenches" - a re-enactment of real-life investigations she conducted in her 20+ year career as a workplace sleuth.

In this episode, Patti interviews Gloria, an employee who is sick and tired of having to hear her colleague, Archie, spew anti diversity comments. As the mother of biracial children and an ally to the other diverse members of her team, Gloria talks ...

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Patti shares stories and comments she's hearing from the trenches - in surveys measuring employee sentiment and what she's hearing in focus groups - about the need for workplace justice, and the need to create environments that are radically inclusive. She also shares family and other stories to drive home the point that the topics of diversity, equity and inclusion must work together if an organization is authentic about...

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