Maureen Hoch is an editor at the Harvard Business Review.
Many women feel pressure to hide their feelings in order to be seen as professional. But now, in the midst of this crisis, it may not be feasible — or even preferable — to force ourselves to keep it together or to expect other people to do so. What’s the right level of emotional disclosure these days, and what’s the next best step to take when emotions spill over? We speak with organizational consultants Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy about the good that can come from being vulnerable with colleagues. Then Maureen Hoch, the editor of HBR.org, joins us to talk about the emotional labor it takes to control our feelings and how that comes with the territory of being the boss. Our HBR reading list: “How Leaders Can Open Up to Their Teams Without Oversharing,” by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy “Anxiety Is Contagious. Here’s How to Contain It.” by Judson Brewer “Handling Negative Emotions in a Way That’s Good for Your Team,” by Emma Seppälä and Christina Bradley “How to Control Your Emotions During a Difficult Conversation,” by Amy Gallo “New Managers Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Express Their Emotions,” by Kristi Hedges Sign up to get the Women at Work monthly newsletter. Email us: womenatwork@hbr.org Our theme music is Matt Hill’s “City In Motion,” provided by Audio Network.
Starting sometime around our mid-50s, work presents us with a new set of biases. Coworkers assume that older people are tired and uninterested in professional development. Eventually they start asking when you’re going to retire. But experience and maturity can give women an advantage in the workplace. Amy B. and Amy G. interview aging expert Nancy Morrow-Howell about putting in the effort to stay current, how to assert yourself when you feel overlooked, and what to say when people ask that annoying retirement question. Then, HBR.org editor Maureen Hoch joins the Amys to talk about what growing older has been like for them. They also give advice on leaving a secure job for new opportunities and managing the combined stress of parenting, a demanding career, and menopause. Our HBR reading list: “When No One Retires,” by Paul Irving “The Case for Hiring Older Workers,” by Josh Bersin and Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic “Four Ways to Adapt to an Aging Workforce,” by Michael North and Hal Hershfield “Generational Differences At Work Are Small. Thinking They’re Big Affects Our Behavior,” by Eden King et al. Sign up to get the Women at Work monthly newsletter. Email us: womenatwork@hbr.org Our theme music is Matt Hill’s “City In Motion,” provided by Audio Network.
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Episode Count
2
Podcast Count
1
Total Airtime
1 hour, 42 minutes
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