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“How to Build A Better Job,” is a Hidden Brain podcast hosted by Shankar Vedantam and produced by Kara McGuirk-Alison, Maggie Penman and Max Nesterak on NPR. On this interesting 22-minute podcast, Vedantam reports on research about how people are more satisfied in their jobs when they craft their job responsibilities into a “calling” for which they can find meaning.
There are 12 components of employee engagement listed in Gallup’s State of the American Workplace report, 2017. Number eight is as follows: “The mission or purpose of my company makes me feel my job is important.”
“How to Completely, Totally, Absolutely Screw Up Your Company’s Corporate Culture,” by Dan Lyons, Tech Journalist, and author of the New York Times bestseller “Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble.” In this 38-minute talk, he describes how hip startup company culture practices can be integrated with proven long-term reciprocal care and respect of employees for a functional, multi-generational workforce, with less turnover.
“How to Influence When You Have No Authority,” by Lisa B. Marshall, speaker and bestselling author. This article covers research-based strategies to have a gentle influence on suggesting positive changes, even if you’re new to a group or work team.
“Research Explores Consequences Of Revealing Embarrassing Details,” by Shankar Vedantam, science correspondent for NPR. Four-minute audio story about how being up front with embarrassing details during job interviews can be all right.
“Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace,” by Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld, reporters at the New York Times. Interesting look at the company culture of one of America’s largest firms. And Julia Cheiffetz’s riveting response, “I Had a Baby and Cancer When I Worked at Amazon: This is My Story.”
“Top 5 Reasons People Are Unhappy at Work,” by Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D. This article in Psychology Today lists ways that Americans are dissatisfied in their jobs and briefly describes why these categories have risen on their bad list.
“Most Americans Are Unhappy at Work,” by Susan Adams, Forbes staff writer. A good summary of the results from a report done by the Conference Board, a nonprofit research group in New York.
“Survey Shows Most Employees are Unhappy at Work” CBS News. An interview with author Bob Rosner into details about what staff would like from their supervisors. Most of that isn’t about perks or juice bars – it’s about being valued and respected for their contributions.
“The Google Engineer Teaching Happiness in Three Steps,” by David G. Allan on BBC.com. An article describing three of Chade-Meng Tan’s most important strategies for peace, compassion and job satisfaction. The reporter looks at the science and his anecdotal experience putting strategies to practice in his own life.
“Signs You’re Burning Out, And How To Stop It,” by Travis Bradberry, Ph.D., is a great piece giving statistics on burnout and stress. The author lists warning signs in straightforward language and provides ways to fight or limit burnout. The tips are not complex and you can choose a suggestion to easily integrate into most schedules.