The Why We Work Podcast

The Why We Work Podcast

By Anthony Massa

Join host Anthony Massa as he talks with ordinary people making a big impact in their careers; having discussions about worklife, motivation, engagement, development, and leadership in an effort to understand why we work and how we can create a happier, more productive workforce.
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Org Spotlight: Org-ology
Anthony talks with Dr. Brent Oberholtzer and Ms. Heidi Fieckert of Org-ology, an organizational design and development consultancy based in New York, New York. They talk about the work Org-ology does, how organizations can view the pandemic and societal unrest as an opportunity for change, and the challenges facing Gen Z's entrance to the workforce. Follow Org-ology on Twitter or LinkedIn or visit their website. 
45:24
June 15, 2020
A Why We Work Podcast Update
Anthony thanks Season 1's incredible guests and the listeners of the show and previews Season 2, set for release this August! 
02:05
June 8, 2020
The COVID19 Files: Now Hiring Contact Tracers - Empathy Required
Anthony talks with Maria Courogen, Branch Director of Disease Control for the Washington State Department of Health and Specialist Sal Fierro of the Washington National Guard about the role of contact tracers. Maria discusses the human aspect of contact tracing and Specialist Fierro talks about job training, motivation, and the need for empathy. Support the Why We Work Podcast here https://anchor.fm/anthony-massa/support. 
18:15
June 1, 2020
The COVID19 Files: Essential From Home - Teaching During COVID-19
Anthony sits down with his mom, Angela Massa, an Ohio elementary school teacher of 27 years. Angela discusses the unique challenge of being an essential worker from home as teachers around the country have had to make the rapid adjustment to remote learning. While motivation and engagement has been affected for both teachers and students, new opportunities for collaboration and innovation in education have arisen. To support the show visit https://anchor.fm/anthony-massa/support. 
29:49
May 26, 2020
Org Spotlight: Can AI Make Us Happier at Work?
Anthony talks with Matthew Schmidt, founder of Peoplelogic.ai, an HR technology company based in Durham, NC that provides small and mid-sized businesses with people analytics tools to help managers uncover personality insights and better manage teams.  In their wide-ranging conversation, Matt and Anthony discuss Peoplelogic's product, its implications for the field of HR, how the company's values drive its operations, and the future of HR tech. If you think Peoplelogic might be right for your small or mid-sized business visit https://peoplelogic.ai/. To support The Why We Work Podcast go to https://anchor.fm/anthony-massa/support. 
29:14
May 18, 2020
The COIV19 Files: How the Pros Work From Home
With so many Americans working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, Anthony looks into how we can keep up motivation and productivity away from the office. Kirstie Taylor, a health & relationships expert, comes on to talk about her tips on staying healthy and productive remotely and how to manage both our work and personal relationships while working at home. (Anthony also mentions an article he wrote on how companies can get working from home right going forward -- the link to that article is here). 
17:47
May 11, 2020
The COVID19 Files: How a Nonprofit is Using Its Mission to Fight the Pandemic
Anthony talks with Will Richter, a research scientist at Battelle in Columbus, Ohio who has been instrumental in the work the science & tech nonprofit is doing to improve testing and increase PPE availability for those in the nation's hospitals. Battelle's mission of developing "science and technology for the greater good" has always guided its work, but has taken on a new meaning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Will talks about how the organization being mission driven, as well as the culture of experimentation and creativity, has allowed the company to develop technologies that are making a big difference in the fight against COVID-19. 
14:47
May 4, 2020
The COVID19 Files: How One Grocer has Met The Challenge of COVD-19
Meet Emel Mutlu, co-owner of THE MARKET at Edgewood in Palo Alto, California. Anthony caught up with her about how her store has adapted to meet the challenge of the Coronavirus pandemic in one of the country’s hotspots. Emel shares how she has kept employees motivated, shifted priorities, and how her store’s mission of being “community driven” has taken on a whole new meaning.
28:08
April 27, 2020
If You're Happy at Work Clap Your Hands
Dr. Scott Dust, Dr. John F. Mee Endowed Assistant Professor of Management at the Farmer School of Business, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and Chief Research Officer at Cloverleaf comes on the show to talk about the research behind why we work. Dr. Dust examines which personal or organization factors are the keys to how we view our jobs and how we can leverage these factors to be happy, motivated, and productive at work. 
48:57
April 18, 2020
Why We Work Trailer
What is Why We Work all about? Meet host Anthony Massa and the central question he's become fascinated with: why do people love or hate their jobs? Over the coming weeks, Anthony explores this topic by talking directly to America's workforce, asking hem what is the secret behind why they love or hate their jobs so that we can use those insights to create a happier, more productive workforce.
04:21
April 13, 2020