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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.