Game Plan

You spend more time at your job than just about anywhere else. Game Plan, a weekly show hosted by Bloomberg reporter Rebecca Greenfield and editor Francesca Levy, takes a close look at the way we live our lives at work. Greenfield and Levy dive into everything from how we started speaking in office jargon to the strategic value of being nice to your colleagues. It turns out that there’s a lot more to say about the office grind than you may have realized.
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In our last episode of Game Plan before a hiatus, we cleared our backlog of Half-Baked Takes; the weekly segment in which we give voice to some of ou…
We'd like to think that what we wear to work doesn't matter, but tons of research has found that it does. Yes, people judge you based on your outfit …
Employers are increasingly putting prospective workers through personality tests. The idea is that certain characteristics lend themselves to certain…
The initial allegations against Harvey Weinstein have opened the floodgates for what seems to be an unrelenting stream of sexual harassment claims ag…
Career coaches claim to help navigate everything from nailing a tough interview to figuring out what you want to do with your life. Rebecca and Franc…
Most of us are really bad at thinking about and planning for our retirement. Only a third of Americans contribute to employer-provided 401(k) account…
After dozens of women accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and harassment over decades, some singled out the Hollywood power structure for crit…
By some measures, at the end of last year LGBTQ workers in the U.S. had more protections than ever before. The Trump administration, however, has pro…
Work meetings at hotel bars, making small talk with total strangers, and waiting in line to use the restroom: It's that time-tested corporate ritual,…
All the pings and buzzes of the office make it difficult to get anything done—let alone our best, most creative work. But the solution is not a digit…
Francesca and Rebecca examine the increasingly tenuous relationship between workers and companies. Lots of people in the gig economy, contract worker…
One of the unfortunate realities of office life is having to work with people you don’t like. How do you deal with having to do your job alongside a …
Silicon Valley types like to say the quality of your work is all that matters, and good ideas rise to the top, no matter whom they come from. But why…
We live in politically polarized times, and those tensions are seeping into the workplace in all sorts of ways. In liberal enclaves like Silicon Vall…
People just starting out in their careers get one piece of big advice: Find a mentor. And that’s true—research has found the many benefits of having …
In 2015, millennials became the biggest generation in the American workforce. Last year, they overtook Boomers as the biggest generation overall in t…
Maybe you're dying to change careers—or being forced to because your job is going to a robot—but it just seems impossible to start over in a new fiel…
Workplaces can be the perfect breeding ground for crushes, but there are major downsides to getting romantic with colleagues. Francesca and guest hos…
Rebecca and Francesca head to an office that lets everyone control their own desk temperature using a phone app. We'll see if it's possible to resolv…
Is there anything more annoying than coworkers who interrupt you? Research has shown that women get interrupted more than men. Author and Professor C…
A big part of our work lives takes place not in the office, but instead stuck in traffic or on a crowded train en route to and from our jobs. The ave…
Among a certain set of companies competing for talent, there’s been a perks arms race. Health benefits and vacation days aren’t enough to sweeten a g…
Each week on Game Plan, Francesca and Rebecca share their half-baked takes, a segment where they talk about their not super well thought out ideas an…
Venture capitalist Keith Rabois set off a Silicon Valley firestorm earlier this month about what it takes to succeed. When another tech investor Twee…
So, you want to move to Canada? Or New Zealand, or Australia or another English-speaking, culturally adjacent country to the U.S. that doesn’t have o…
Letting employees occasionally work from home makes them happy, can save companies money and there's research to suggest it could help close the gend…
Fake it 'til you make it! That's the career advice many of us get upon first entering the workforce. Since you're a newbie, and won't understand lots…
Student debt doesn't only affect students and recent grads. It’s a burden that can follow people through their working life and influence every finan…
Workers used to leave their opinions and feelings at home. No talking at work about politics, religion or other personal stuff was the rule. Not anym…
Francesca and Rebecca talk about when listening to music out loud, and with your co-workers—becomes a job requirement. They report from various scene…
We're used to seeing accessible bathrooms and wheelchair ramps at the office, thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act. But in many ways, employ…
Families in America used to look pretty similar. Moms in the 1970s were far more likely to stay home with the kids, while dads went to the office and…
First days at a new job fall on a continuum. There are the days-long orientation with each minute planned out with activities, powerpoints, and train…
If throwing money at problems solved them, much of corporate America would look like a rainbow coalition by now. Companies have poured millions into …
From smoking-cessation programs to step challenges, companies do all sorts of things to push employees toward getting healthy. Why? Sick workers are …
Work friendships are a complicated dance. Research suggests we’re more inclined to undercut our colleagues than the people in our personal lives, and…
For many office workers, March means hours spent surreptitiously watching college basketball games and obsessively checking in on brackets. Even if y…
Lots of us suffer from email overload, but few have taken such dramatic steps to address it as Dan Ariely. He’s a behavioral economist at Duke Univer…
Everyone's heard the new mantra: Office life can be hazardous. Staring at a screen all day ruins your eyes. Poor air quality deprives your brains of …
The conventional wisdom on crying at work is: Don't do it. Executive coaches advise clients to hold back tears in times of distress. But what about w…
When Susan Fowler, a former engineer at Uber, told Human resources she was being sexually harassed, the company did nothing about it, she said. When …
Do you suffer from exhaustion, cynicism, and inefficiency at work? Does the idea of getting up and going into the office fill you with dread? You mig…
The phrase “workplace safety” conjures images of factory floors or corny training videos that warn office workers against spilling hot coffee. But as…
In an ideal world, hard work and good ideas would be enough to succeed. In reality, getting things done at work requires playing the game, navigating…
People must take extended leaves of absences from work for many different reasons. The luckiest workers get paid for their time off, and have employe…
Most people wish they were more productive at work. To feed this never-ending desire for increased efficiency, an entire industry peddles so-called p…
Four years ago, Sheryl Sandberg started a national conversation about women in the workplace with her wildly popular manifesto, Lean In. In it, she u…
Every year we come back from the holidays and resolve to be our best workplace selves in the coming year. Some of us make specific New Year's resolut…
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