The Working Experience

The Evil HR Lady!

An episode of The Working Experience

By John Brancaccio | Matt Kerr
If your job sucks, your boss is Michael Scott and your commute is a pure hell, you have found a home with The Working Experience podcast. John and Matt dissect the modern-day slavery of cubicle life in a self-deprecating humorous way like 2 soulless office drones…oh, and we also interview people who have lived through the madness of working a job…and some ironically enjoy the pain! Join us on our 40-year career journey as we put a soul deadening spotlight on the insanity of ‘work’
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IFMF: It's Friday MoFo's!
John and Matty K wrap up the work week with uplifting updates on J.Lo and the Starbucks guy running for president...and other useless stuff.  You've successfully dragged yourself over broken glass to the end of the work week, and this unintelligible banter is your reward.
24:57
February 15, 2019
Quit your JOB and Travel the World with Scott Witman
John talks with Scott Witman on living the dream of quitting your job and traveling the world.  First stop is Peru for an Ayahuasca trip down the wormhole of experience!
1:13:46
February 14, 2019
TGIM: Thank God It's Monday!
Sail into Monday's with TWE's weekly mini episode. Make your Monday's super great! Big smile everyone!
18:30
February 12, 2019
The Working Experience's 100th Episode!
We've come a long way from the days of discussing people who defecate on the floor of the employee bathroom! (Not that much further, actually.) John and Matty discuss the value of Drew Ackerman's Sleep With Me Podcast as well as a police officer who had his gun stolen by two strippers he was "hanging out" with at a motel in Rhode Island. Bad decisions make great stories.  
1:17:17
February 11, 2019
IFMF: It's Friday MoFo's!
You survived another work week and it's time to celebrate with TWE's weekly mini episode!
17:54
February 8, 2019
The Office Plan
John and Matty K discuss the benefits and detriments of how businesses use their office space. Open floor plan? Sounds great but some experts say the distraction of other coworkers leads to less productivity. Maybe it's time to dive back into the cubicle!
47:40
February 6, 2019
How We Use Social Media
John and Matty K discuss Cal Newport;s advice on getting our use of social media under control by being more deliberate in our choices. His template is food for thought on conscious and more fulfilling living.
42:19
February 5, 2019
Starting a Production Company
Matty K sits down with Rui Lopes, cinematographer and one of the founding partners of Anawan Street Productions. If you want to know how to get started in the film industry, listen to what Rui has to say. 
54:51
February 5, 2019
Does Working 100 hours a Week Work?
John and Matty K discuss Erin Griffin's article on Grind Culture, the concept of working relentlessly to achieve a goal. Is anyone questioning the value of that goal? Or are have we just been duped into thinking that the more we work, the better people we are? PS: I Never Grind.
1:11:58
February 3, 2019
Dying for a Paycheck!
John talks with world-renowned Stanford professor and author Jefferey Pfeffer.  His latest book, 'Dying for a Paycheck' outlines how the modern workplace is slowly killing each and every one of us!  Wait, what!?  Not only do you hate your job, but it is slowly kill you!?  Ah, raise your cup of coffee and toast to that!  Listen and find out how to avoid a slow drawn-out death by work...
52:17
February 1, 2019
An Entrepreneurial Life with Daniel Mori
John chats with Dan Mori, a serial Entrepreneur and Angel Investor.  Dan started out in the Army, had a stint as a car salesman, and now runs two employment agencies SpinGig and Employment Solutions in sunny Florida.  We delve deep into his working experience and life lessons!
1:06:36
January 30, 2019
Coffee Culture
John and Matty K discuss the boom of coffee culture, the dubious quality of chain restaurant  coffee and anxiety attacks.
1:04:27
January 27, 2019
The Evil HR Lady!
John chats with Suzanne Lucas, the infamous Evil HR Lady from Switzerland!  Suzanne spent over a decade in HR at a multinational pharmaceutical company and is now an author and speaker covering the world of HR! She shares some great HR stories as well as major HR challenges dealing with the rank and file!  Enjoy!
51:36
January 25, 2019
Government Shutdown
When bratty little boys don't get their way they take their bat and ball and go home. When big bratty sociopaths don't get their way, they shut down the government and take money and services aways from millions of citizens.
51:28
January 22, 2019
The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business
John talks with Elaine Pofeldt, author of 'The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business.'  It's time to make our listeners some bank!  We review real-life case studies of hundreds of entrepreneurs who are making 1 million in revenue solo!  Elaine's also serves up practical tips to get you to the million dollar mark!
1:31:23
January 20, 2019
Facebook is no Fairy Tale
Matty K and John delve into the dark side of working at Facebook. Apparently, keeping up a brave front is more important than actually liking your job. Meaningless employee "Town Hall" forums and disingenuous evaluations have people in tears. But don't cry at work! Hide your misery behind a huge smile!
1:12:07
January 13, 2019
Your Job is Killing You
John and Matty K discuss "Social Pollution" and ways in which the workplace is killing you. Jeffery Pfeffer's interview about his book, Dying for a Paycheck, adds valuable insight.
1:02:24
January 6, 2019
Advertising and Social Media
Matty K and John discuss the Kardashian's need for affirmations and the all pervasive role of advertising in our lives. Creepy stuff.
43:33
December 28, 2018
Ghosting the Job
John and Matty discuss the ghosting of employers by employees. Some people just up and quit their jobs with nary a phone call nor text. Makes sense.
34:44
December 23, 2018
The Benefits of Emotions and Hard Work
John and Matty K discuss the emotional benefits of crying and self-expression as well as talent and hard work.
1:08:10
December 12, 2018
Life Trading with Christine Marchuska
From the crazy world of Day Trading and Hedge Funds to corporate recruiting, John and Christine cover it all from testosterone infused Wall Street parties to job advice to college grads. The spectrum has been covered dear listeners!
1:19:47
December 10, 2018
Stolen Water Bottles and Job Satisfaction
John and Matty discuss the real life theft of Matty's water bottle at work and how to find the culprit. Also, how what you do to earn money is always the first question on people's minds.
49:33
December 4, 2018
Black Friday and Affirmations
Matty K and John discuss the cruelties of Black Friday and the benefits (and detriments) of affirmations and self help books.
54:21
November 29, 2018
Building NYC with retired Ironworker Darren Dougherty
John sits down with Darren, a retired NYC Ironworker. Darren helped build some of NYC's most iconic buildings and stadiums over his 25-year career! He also had a side hustle of busting up counterfeit merch vendors on the streets of NYC!
57:25
November 26, 2018
Let's Fix Something
John and Matty K talk about the need to focus on key problems with education and infrastructure and why we, the richest nation ever, cannot seem to fix them.
53:40
November 23, 2018
A F'in Delicious Life, Part Deux!
Hoda is back! John and Hoda delve deeper into her beverage, the destruction of her restaurant and life/work balance. Make sure to listen to Hoda's first interview!
30:35
November 21, 2018
Leisure Time
John and Matty K discuss the concept of leisure time and how American workers spend (or don't spend) it.
51:41
November 15, 2018
The NFL and other Professional Sports
John and Matty K discuss the business of pro-sports, the willful ignorance displayed by the higher ups of the effects of concussions and why so many people care if a bunch of grown-up men can score more points than another group of grown-up men.
1:01:28
November 14, 2018
A F'in Delicious Life!
John talks with Hoda, owner of Molly's Milk truck and former corporate marketer about her douche of a former boss, entrepreneurship, and life!
1:27:05
November 10, 2018
The Trump Spectacle
Matty K and John discuss the Trump administration, Trump's management style and the impact of a Reality TV administration.
58:27
November 8, 2018
A LinkedIn Guru!
John talks with Craig Hansen about his journey from teacher to LinkedIn Guru.
45:47
November 7, 2018
How is Your Commute?
John and Matty K discuss commuting stories including one woman's 6 hour daily journey to and from work. We also hit back at our critics. Well, one critic. Slapped together podcast indeed! (Well, to be fair, she is right about that.)
57:33
November 2, 2018
Your Daily Affirmations
Matty K and John discuss the realities of life on minimum wage, the scare tactics of the advertising industry. We also throw some daily affirmations at you.
41:00
October 29, 2018
Insure Your Life!
John talks with Chris, a Claims Expert at one of the largest Insurance companies in the world, about his first soul-crushing insurance job, Insurance 101 and advice for today's youth!
1:02:56
October 27, 2018
Help, I need a Life Coach!
John discusses the Life Coach industry and convinces himself to become a Life Coach
23:03
October 25, 2018
Hard Choices
John and Matty K discuss people's choices and lack there of. Living in motels, prostitution and other topics.
57:15
October 24, 2018
The Latest Business News
Bringing you the latest in business news. From Elon "the Husk" Musk to the declining wages of the Gig economy to a $300,000 fish, all the information you need for your piggy bank.
24:34
October 18, 2018
John Gibbs of Mint Media
John strong arms his cousin, John Gibbs, into appearing on TWE!  John and John discuss summer jobs, funny work stories, celebs, and finding the love in your job!
58:16
October 17, 2018
All U Can Eat Buffets and Psychological Bumps
Matty K and John discuss people sabotaging themselves at work, creating problems where none exist, and the wisdom of stuff one's face at Golden Corral.
59:49
October 15, 2018
Current Events
Matty K and John discuss Paul Mannafort and some other fun folks.
43:24
October 5, 2018
More Commuting Stuff
John and Matty K discuss shaving in the car on the way to work and other joyful experiences.
36:05
September 30, 2018
Wasting Time at Work
Is getting a cup of coffee or taking a walk after lunch wasting time? What about warming your feet under the dryer in the restroom or wrestling with your coworkers? John and Matty K discuss.
42:20
September 20, 2018
Matty Reads Some Solid Advice From an Expert.
Obligatory out of the office activities are annoying at best. Unfortunately, that is how many employees cozy up to the boss. Fortunately, here is some advice to get out of them.
29:55
August 25, 2018
Never Trust a Manager Who...
John and Matty K discuss things managers do that make them untrustworthy. We also discuss the benefits of being the office toady.
42:27
August 24, 2018
Working in a Health Care Office
Dave B and Matty K talk about Dave's aggravation with tech "improvements" that make everything harder, cliche jokes on the elevator, and many other intellectually stimulating topics.
45:05
August 3, 2018
Bullshit Jobs: Does You Job Actually Accomplish Anything?
Matty K and John discuss jobs that don't really serve much of a purpose as well as the Top Ten Most Stressful Job of 2018. We also trash talk a bunch of stuff.
52:12
July 27, 2018
How to be Funny
Matty K reads an article on how to be funny and charming so people will like you. The most amazing and depressing thing is that some people probably follow the advice.
24:36
July 13, 2018
Ten Things to Never Put in Writing at Work
Matty K and John discuss a list of things to never put in writing as well as going to a 4 year college to only be stuck in the rat race. Watch out!
41:40
July 13, 2018
Matty K and Tom from Maine
Matty K and Tom discuss his internship at a New York City record label, his job at a newspaper in upstate New York and an interview in a bizarre town in Oregon.
52:58
July 5, 2018
Wall Street Journal: How to Gain Power When You Have None
Matty K reads an article from the WSJ on how to gain power and move up the corporate ladder by asking questions and showing interest in your coworkers. It sounds like a nightmare.
24:13
July 5, 2018
Dealing with Bad Body Odor in the Office
Matty K reads 6 tips on addressing a smelly worker in the office.
20:30
June 28, 2018
Chews too Loudly and Someone Stole the Lean Pockets
Human Resources has to play "mommy" and get the children in the office to play nice. Someone else has his Lean Pockets stolen and demands three dollars. Well, you are trying too lose weight anyway, right?
21:24
June 22, 2018
Trying to be Likable in the Office
Sure, it's nice to be liked by your coworkers. But if you try too hard it can backfire. No one likes a try-hard.
09:22
June 15, 2018
This Woman was Fired from a Volunteer Position
For a few years I volunteered for Coalition for the Homeless. This woman, Julie J, was fired for stalking other volunteers. It is a truly remarkable feat to be fired from a job for which one does not get paid. People never cease to amaze.
24:11
June 15, 2018
Matt in the Film Industry
Working in the film industry sounds impressive. I'm not going to say it's all b&llsh*t, but it kind of is. I did get to bring Fat Joe his weed though.
52:14
June 1, 2018
Top Ten Habits to be Successful
Top Ten Habits to be Successful or a Total Douche Bag or Both. Also, Three Ways to get out of Your Rut. Personally, I like my rut; very comfortable.
25:27
May 31, 2018
The Gig Economy
John and I discuss the Gig Economy. Being self-employed may sound glamorous but it can be rough when work is slow and the bills are due.
34:56
May 25, 2018
Robots Taking Your Job
Technology may be making our lives easier but a robot might take your job. But maybe you hate your job and don't care.
33:39
May 22, 2018
Matt and John with Another List
John and I discuss his son winning a national equestrian tournament and then some work stuff.
43:20
May 18, 2018
Journalism in the UK
Daniel is a journalist in the UK. He and I discuss how his job has changed over the last twenty odd years. We talked about films and music too because why not?
46:39
May 16, 2018
Summer Jobs
John and start off taking about summer jobs and then get sidetracked. We will definitely discuss summer jobs in the next podcast but this one is pretty good.
36:25
May 3, 2018
Filmmaking with Jay
Jason Sarrey and I discuss moving forward in the film industry and new frontiers in gaining an audience for your project. Just get out there and shoot!
40:08
May 3, 2018
Complaints to HR
John and I discuss the Top Ten Complaints made to Human Resources. Some people must spend a good chunk of their day thinking up things to complain about. How about: THIS JOB SUCKS!
49:27
April 27, 2018
Matt and John Discuss Lists
Who doesn't love a good list? John and I discuss lists that will save and wreck your career almost simultaneously. If Top Ten lists worked, there would be one.
31:19
April 25, 2018
The Habits of Happy People
Matt and Drew of the Sleep With Me Podcast discuss creativity, the nature of success and working hard.
43:06
March 30, 2018
On the Issue of Sexual Harassment
John and I delve again into the issue of sexual harassment in the work place. #MeToo is not a passing phase.
35:40
March 23, 2018
Woes of Wall Street
John and Matty K delve deep into the world of high finance and come out bruised and battered. John shares some good stories from his former life on Wall Street in Trading and Investment Banking.
46:59
March 10, 2018
Defiling the Stalls
Recently, a plane had to make an emergency landing in Alaska because a passenger smeared feces all over two bathrooms. A woman responded on Facebook with a story about a female coworker who regularly did the same thing in the office bathroom. Jesus Christ!
42:35
February 28, 2018
Commuting is Hell
John and I talk commuting. Hours of your life, down the drain. It can be fun though. I guess.
37:30
February 28, 2018
It is so Mundane!
John and I discuss job fulfillment versus having to money. Not everyone has the luxury of liking their job.
38:04
February 22, 2018
The Underbelly
For a time, my brother Paul lived in “company housing” in Breckenridge, CO with Kevin and Mike, two guys who seem to represent a class of people who drift from one low income job to another. Funny and sad.
1:05:51
February 15, 2018
More about Life of Dad
I chatted with Pat Quinn again about “Influencers” and how marketing works in this day and age.
37:26
February 15, 2018
On the Issue of Busyness
Everyone talks about how busy they are, like it’s a talent. John and I discuss the idea that people are not busy; they just want to seem like they are.
47:55
February 8, 2018
On Set in the Film Industry
I talked with Mike A, his wife Chantal and Eddie C, all veterans of the film industry. Mike tells me about his bipolar coworker and Chantal had a boss who used to steal bread from Panera. Bobby Brown told Eddie to stop hitting on his girlfriend, Whitney Houston.
1:04:28
February 8, 2018
Live…from Montreal! Again!
Talked again with my friend Chris in Montreal. He found a used condom in the service elevator at work and a guy who pooped his pants went right on working, until HR called an ambulance. That is the guy you want in your foxhole.
57:50
January 29, 2018
Learn about Life of Dad
I spoke with Pat Quinn, one of the creators of the awesome website, Life of Dad. If you want the dope on being creative, listen to Pat!
47:18
January 25, 2018
Making an Independent Feature Film
I talk with my friend, Jay Sarrey, writer and director of the feature film Sunset Park. Jay talks about the joys and hardships of making an independent film. Best piece of advice: Work!
59:07
January 25, 2018
Taxi Confessions and More
I told John about this taxi driver I had on the way into Boston. He told me about how he had lost his mother and his best friend to cancer.  Lots of emotion in a short ride.
50:41
January 24, 2018
Live…from Montreal!
Talking with my friend Chris from Montreal. The ins and outs of HR and the credit card business. He’s British, what are you gonna do?
1:00:00
January 24, 2018
Serve and Protect
My friend Mike is a police officer and provides some fascinating insights into his work and the types of situation he deals with. From the mundane to the hilarious to the thought provoking, he has some great stories.
1:24:03
December 18, 2017
Sleep With Me in LA
Drew Ackerman, creative force behind the Sleep With Me podcast, joins me to discuss his days of cleaning the apartments of the elderly and delivering a mattress to a three hundred pound pig. F*cking LA!
57:06
December 18, 2017
The Hospital Blues
Dave works for a big hospital. One of his coworkers has appointed herself Keeper of the Refrigerator. In her maniacal pursuit of cleanliness she throws out another coworker’s barely used bottle of salad dressing. Bad break room etiquette.
43:33
December 18, 2017
Tales From the Restroom
Apparently, people forgot what they learned about using the bathroom in kindergarten. Flush, wash your hands, and do not peek under the stall door. To be fair, I do that all the time.
44:47
December 18, 2017
Eat at Your Own Risk
Matty K and John discuss eating habits in the office. Some people’s food really stinks when they heat it up in the microwave. Some people steal food at work. It’s all pretty funny.
32:00
December 18, 2017
OH CANADA!!!
Christian and Matty K worked in film together and Chris is now some sort of credit card guy in Montreal. Among other juicy items, one of his coworkers defecated in his pants and stayed on the job. That’s the kind of guy you want in your foxhole!
47:31
December 18, 2017
Opening the Flood Gates
Call it the Domino Effect with Harvey toppling first. Matty K and John discuss harassment in the work place.
40:04
December 18, 2017
Kindergarten Lessons
Jesus! Do people really not know how to use a friggin’ public bathroom? Keep your mouth shut, your head down and aim for the toilet. Don’t forget to flush!
22:44
December 18, 2017
Tales From the Film Side
Mike deals with a big time director who is big time lunatic. Chantal’s wealthy boss steals bread from Panera every day and Eddie managed to piss off Bobby Brown.
45:06
December 18, 2017
Weeping, Wailing, Work
Good Lord! Work is rough enough without someone crying. But it happens. Sometimes it is genuine and sometimes it is not. John and Matty K discuss the nuances.
31:18
December 18, 2017
Food
Matty K and John explore the office conflicts that arise around Food! If you listen hard enough, you can smell the fish being warmed up in the office kitchen.
23:00
October 11, 2017
Bullying
The guys talk about bullying in the workplace.
1:09:48
October 5, 2017
Codes of Conduct
What to do and what not to do in an office work environment.
43:50
October 5, 2017
Nick
Matty K and Nick talk about some funny situations they have experienced in the workplace.
51:40
September 27, 2017
Jim Altmore
Matty K has friend Jim Altmore on to talk about some of his work stories.
19:35
September 25, 2017
Gary Vilatro
Gary tells John and Matt about a coworker who keeps multiple bottle of urine in his office, among other things.
27:02
September 15, 2017
The Bathroom
Matt and John discuss bathroom etiquette in the office and share some strange stories of coworkers.
33:12
September 15, 2017
Tom and Tony
Tony, Tom and John discuss porn in the workplace as well as a mystery of someone defecating on the floor of the office bathroom.
37:14
September 15, 2017
Dan, Chris, and Minh
Dan tells stories of managing a theater in Brooklyn where the maintenance person snorts horse tranquilizers while Minh and Chris cover more general ideas of workplace etiquette.
38:27
September 15, 2017
Joe Guarino
Joe tells Matt about a coworker who turned the tables on HR by filing a counterclaim of sexual harassment.
41:15
September 15, 2017
Chris Scarfile the Cameraman!
Chris tells Matt about life on the set of a television series as a camera operator.
1:03:24
September 15, 2017
Passive Aggressive
John and I discuss passive aggressive notes left on the refrigerator at work and other food related issues.
55:54
September 15, 2017
The Google Memo
John and I discuss the Google memo that got the engineer fired and related issues in the work place.
1:07:25
September 5, 2017
Introduction
The Working Experience is a podcast that discusses issues related to the workplace. From the worlds of finance, advertising, education, film, law enforcement and more, we interview people about the mundane, strange, odd, absurd, and downright disgusting things that occur in their places of work. Stolen food, smelly coworkers, microwaving fish, and bad bathroom etiquette, we cover it all!
55:04
September 1, 2017
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