Empowering Workplaces (Formerly Work @ Life)

Empowering Workplaces (Formerly Work @ Life)

Whether you are an employer or an employee, you'll get lots of inspiration for creating better, more fulfilling workplaces with culture designer Maddie Grant, co-founder of the culture consulting firm Propel (propelnow.co), and organizational psychologist Sanja Licina, PhD President of QuestionPro Workforce (questionpro.com/workforce), in conversation with all kinds of interesting people with inspiring ideas to share.


May 24, 2023 31 mins

In today's episode, we are joined by Meisha-ann Martin, Ph.D, Senior Director of People Analytics and Research at Workhuman, to discuss a specific way leaders can demonstrate their commitment to creating an inclusive and empowering work environment. Discover the hidden patterns and biases that affect diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and learn how people analytics can help bridge the gap between organizational intent and...

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In this episode of Empowering Workplaces, hosts Sanja Licina, PhD and Maddie Grant discuss the impact of managers on employee mental health with Dr. Richard Safeer, Chief Medical Director of Employee Health and Wellbeing at Johns Hopkins Medicine and author of A Cure for the Common Company. The conversation centers around the surprising data point that 69% of employees say their manager has a big impact on their mental health, whic...

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In this episode of Empowering Workplaces, we sit down with Claudia Miller, a sought-after career coach for women in tech, to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing women in the industry. Claudia shares her personal journey of navigating the corporate world as a first-generation college graduate and how she became a successful career coach. We delve into the importance of networking, developing business skills, and leveragi...

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March 22, 2023 40 mins

In this episode of Empowering Workplaces, healthcare executive leadership coach and bestselling author Dr. Lizette Warner joins us to discuss the importance of authenticity and energy in leadership. Dr. Warner shares her background in healthcare and leadership development, and how she came to write her book Power, Poise, and Presence: A New Approach to Authentic Leadership.

She explains the concept of biomarkers and how they can be ...

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In this episode we chat with Jamie Notter, workplace culture expert and one of the brains behind the WorkXO Culture Assessment, which is part of QuestionPro Workforce Employee Experience Platform. Jamie shares some fascinating data about "culture patterns" that have emerged from collecting over 2m data points from hundreds of organizations. 

Does your company suffer from "awkward collaboration", "heavy agility" or "incomplete innova...

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In this episode of Empowering Workplaces, we are joined by Andrea Hollingsworth, PhD, a Psychotherapist and former university Professor who works with organizational leaders to help build cultures of compassion in the workplace.

With only 30% of workers responding with self-kindness versus self-criticism when they make a mistake a work, and just a half saying their manager supports them when they are at distress, we have a ways to g...

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In this episode of Empowering Workplaces Marcus Sawyerr, CEO of EQ Community and HR tech expert joins us as we dive into the results of a joint study between QuestionPro and EQ Community where we surveyed 1,000 knowledge workers across the US to get a better understanding of their experiences with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the workplace.

With a focus our discussion on action and impact, and among other findings discuss the...

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January 25, 2023 32 mins

In this episode of Empowering Workplaces, we have a special guest, Lou Adler, who is a renowned expert in recruitment and a top LinkedIn influencer. He will be sharing his insights on the most crucial question in hiring - “How do I hire the right people?”

Join us as Lou, who is known as the “Sherlock Holmes of recruitment,” explores the importance of hiring and the impact it has on management and success. We will also be discussing ...

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In today’s fast-paced and ever-changing business environment, organizational culture and innovation are more important than ever. As the economy struggles and companies are faced with challenges, it’s crucial that we keep our focus on how the culture can remain a competitive advantage.

In this episode, we are joined by special guest Daniel Strode, Group Director of Culture & Strategy at Banco Santander and author of the book The Cul...

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January 4, 2023 1 min

Welcome to Empowering Workplaces! If you care about making work better, as a leader or an employee - and helping yourself and others navigate the evolving nature of the business world, you are in the right place!  Empowering Workplaces is hosted by Maddie Grant, a culture designer and co-founder of a firm called PROPEL, that helps organizations design evolutionary and disruption-proof cultures that are truly loved by their employee...

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December 15, 2022 30 mins

We set out to create a podcast to help organizations have their people feel seen and heard; like they are making a difference in all parts of their life. We also shared strategies with workers directly about ways they can grow their careers, feel fulfilled and happy inside and outside of the workplace. As we shared important conversations with our guests, one word kept coming up to reflect the feeling that the discussions provoked:...

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How often do you wonder what is holding you back?  In today’s episode, we talk about Positive Intelligence and Self Sabotage. The negative voices you may hear in your head can cause stress, and unhappiness, and get in the way of your performance and wellbeing. This is why it's so important to understand what they are and the best way to deal with them so you can more effectively handle life’s challenges and thrive.

Join us and our s...

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How do you get to the many things you want to achieve, especially as a working parent? As we start to reflect on this past year and plan for the one ahead, many of us are still searching for best ways to feel fulfilled in various aspects of our lives without burning ourselves out.

While there may not be a magic answer, there are things that both employees and employers can do to make this feeling of fulfillment and flexibility a rea...

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As employees, we always want to be "in the know." And as employers, we want our workforce to have all the most important information. But, even with the best intentions, workers feel like they are either overwhelmed with information and can't keep up, or simply are not getting the information that's most important to them. We have so many more channels available than ever before, so what gives?

Join us with our special guest Andy Ne...

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When things change in your life, it can impact your mental health and wellbeing. You may even feel out of control in situations that you didn’t expect. However, learning to navigate the way you deal with these different situations and reframe how you think about them will benefit you in ways you might have never thought.

Join us in this conversation to Dr. Deborah Gilboa, author of the book From Stressed to Resilient: The Guide to H...

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In today’s episode, we are talking about ESG – environmental, social, governance – and corporate social responsibility with Keesa Schreane, author of Gambling On Green. ESG is a set of standards measuring a business’s impact on its local community, global society, and the environment. 

These issues of sustainability and ethical corporate responsibility have been important for decades, but never more than now as climate change, the e...

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Leadership is something that seems easy and natural, from the outside, but it takes a huge amount of work to become a better leader. There’s always been this phenomenal opportunity to develop leaders, but now probably even more so.

In this episode we’re joined by Mihaela Berciu, Leadership Breakthrough Specialist, who focuses on exploring personal and professional values, understanding aspirations, removing barriers and visualizing ...

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If you are resilient, then when life knocks you down, you bounce back and you keep going. That’s the core of today’s episode, in which we’re joined by Annie Leib, LLC, who shares some insights about her coaching and framework, as well as great advice on how to build resilience.

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Have you ever felt like time literally moves faster at work? Or perhaps felt “in the zone” while working? This is called “Flow”, and it happens when you feel a high degree of challenge and skill at a good balance, it requires being fully present and observing your work with a sense of calm and enjoyment.

In this episode, Jared Weintraub, PhD and founder of The Flow Group, LLC joined us to have a conversation on how to create the bes...

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In today’s episode we discuss the very hot topic of burnout, with Hamza Khan, the best-selling author of Leadership, Reinvented and a global keynote speaker whose TEDx talk “Stop Managing, Start Leading” has been viewed nearly two million times.

Burnout is something that can affect anyone and has resulted in whole industries of self-help and related solutions… but what if the responsibility for fixing burnout doesn’t actually lie wi...

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