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’
182. Leisure Time is for Losers and Health Care that will Bankrupt You
Leisure Time is for Losers and Health Care that will Bankrupt You...God Bless America! What do you do in your leisure time? Some people blow bubbles or play mini golf. Other people try to crush children in games of volleyball. We riff on that and the lousy health care system in our country. Enjoy.
Be Careful of Workaholism...but Work Long Hours! Apparently there is a distinction between being a workaholic and working long hours. If you lose sleep over your job and are compulsively checking your work email during out of work hours then you might be a workaholic. Matty K really doesn't work at all so he is in the clear...John and Matt also discuss the optimal Worklife Balance Matrix and when applying to their own live, then both failed.
Lying to one's boss for not being at work is a time honored tradition. However, maybe it is time to grow up and be real. However, if you really need to lie, don't use the old "food poisoning" excuse. Way played out. Tell them you had a limb amputated.
174. TGIM...The Infantilized Workplace and Monday Hustle News!
TGIM! On this mini episode of The Working Experience, John is flying solo, because Matty K needs to unwind in New Hampshire after a brutal school year...John talks about the infantilized workplace and the latest news...it's Monday and get your hustle!
When is it time to quit your job? Right Now! Go in and tell your boss to go F&ck him/herself! Take this job and shove it up your ass! Just make sure you have a solid plan like becoming a famous actor or stand-up comedian. Be realistic though; it can take weeks to become successful.
There is a school of thought that advocates making decisions while at one's "peak". You are supposed to pump your fists, spin in circles and jump on a trampoline to get to your peak. And then you make a decision. In reality, a more measured approach is probably best but at some point you do have to write that check and invest in yourself.
Think running a company is just about making sure the work gets done? Hell no! Welcome to the new generation of workers who demand that their employers satisfy their emotional and spiritual needs as well as paying them a salary. Speaking of demands, you can order McDonald's on your phone and someone will get it for you! How did the human race survive before on demand food delivery?
Millennials are burned out, stressed out, done in and ready to throw in the towel. Too many things on their plates, the To Do List never gets done. Tim is so burnt he can't even register to vote! What's the answer? Do nothing. Seriously. F$%k it!
John and Matty K discuss the notion of male loneliness and men's inability to confide in their male friends. So, they dump it all on their wives or girlfriends. The term "emotional gold digger" came up in the article and it seems an apt description.
158. Toddler Bike Races, Junk Food and Big Time Tommy
Full face helmets, Go Pro Cameras and corporate sponsorship: Matty K and John discuss the cut throat competition of toddler bike races! Then we get into junk food; if you're unhappy at work try stuffing your face. And a big shout out to Big Time Tommy. Check him out on Gram. Take it Ess..
A survey listed the top distractions for people working in offices. Pets? Making coffee? Weather? These people sound like they are suffering from PTSD. Maybe Tony Robbins has the answers! All you need to do is cough up $85,000 and walk on hot coals. He may even let you get a peek up his bathrobe! Oh la la!
Matt G joins Matty K again to tell a tale of love gone very, very wrong. Matt G works for one of the largest insurance agencies and has a gem of a story about one of his coworkers, who is obsessed with getting on to a reality tv show and his wife tried to kill him...not once, but twice. How's that for reality tv?
The economy is booming, wages are rising, but Millennials and Generation Z are depressed. Should your job be a source of happiness or just a source of income? Can it be both? John and Matty K discuss.
AMA, TWE style! John and Matty K read emails from listeners asking for advice on dealing with lazy, smelly, creepy coworkers. I would not recommend that you follow any of this advice. The advice is for seasoned experts only.
John and Matty K discuss Ray Dalio's article on the need to reform capitalism. We dive deep into education, the American dream, income inequality, and possible solutions. As always, Matt and John disagree which results in a wrestling match on the studio floor. Enjoy!
John and Matty K offer a sneak peak into The Working Experience MasterClass video series. The subject? The Art of Kissing Ass. Listen close, there are some gems of ass kissing wisdom in this episode! Enjoy!
145. Thank sweet God it's Monday...a little TGIM, MoFo's!
On this post Easter/Passover TGIM mini podcast, Matt and John are overjoyed that Monday has arrived! Both eagerly requesting a second helping of Monday like a bunch of school boys...Thank you sir, may I have another.
Matty K talks with Matt G about his work in the insurance industry. It is not as glamorous as you might think but he gets to work from home most of the time which has its perks. He also intentionally dumped out someone's lunch in a case of mistaken identity. Enjoy.
John and Matty K discuss the reality and effectiveness of the working ethos of Jack Ma's '996' schedule: working 12 hours a day, six days a week. If you love what you do it isn't work, right? Gonna have to call bulls*it on that.
Free Food!!! Your boss doesn't want you to leave, so they handcuff you to your desk and offer you free food. It's all about squeezing the last drop of productivity out of you...but you do get a free donut.
Say goodbye to a refund....a lot of Americans discovered they owed Uncle Sam...so is the working life...head down, the first 107 days of 2019 goes to gold old Uncle Sam, you can keep the rest, if you're lucky!
A little TGIM energy slapping you in the ass! Matty K is grinding and hustling in NYC and John barely made it through the weekend. Leisure time is kryptonite to this superhero workplace duo! Down you capes and tights, and let's jump into the workweek and save the day with an excel spreadsheet!
Matty K and John discuss the concept of networking to promote yourself, your business, and your brand...whatever. When is it appropriate and when is it obnoxious? Who knows? John and Matt are planning to roll out multiple 'Go Fund Me' campaigns because they are over worked and under paid. Scam or genuine; who knows?
The people in Silicon Valley who make all those apps aren't letting their kids use them. Their kids go to schools where technology isn't allowed. Why? Because it's bad for kids! What a shock! We are losing meaningful contact with our fellow human beings and that is bad for us. Stop using Uber Eats and go to a restaurant for God's Sake!
Matt speaks with Jesse Eisinger, financial reporter for ProPublica and author of The Chickenshit Club about why white collar crimes are no longer prosecuted and the wealthy seem to have different rules than the rest of us. When is a "campaign contribution" just an old fashioned bribe?
131. TGIM: Thank God It's Monday! April Fool's Day!
It's Monday, April 1st! April Fool's Day, and the only fools are Matty K and John for continuing this failure of a podcast...But have to keep it positive at the beginning of the week! Eye of the Tiger baby! Try to work in a little road rage while you're at it.
The office has become the Church of Workism. When traditional sources of fulfillment, such as family, religion and community, fail to provide people with a sense of purpose in life, they can always turn to work. Where else are you going to measure your value as a human being?
Aaron Wilson is an actor, singer, writer and motivational speaker. He recently moved from MA to LA to pursue his career in entertainment. He got a manager, an agent and a pilot in development in less than six months. But that came with a lot of planning. Get inspired by some one who is actually living his dream!
Matty K gives you the latest business news...of which he understands less than 1 percent. But that doesn't stop him from forging ahead and offering his opinion. Food delivery apps are all the rage but they are stupid. Just go to the frigging restaurant, for God's sake!
How is a person supposed to work 120 hours a week? Unfortunately, some people turn to performance enhancing drugs and painkillers to get through the days. And in the gunslinger culture of the world of finance, it is very hard to seek help when things get bad.
If you want to know how to break into acting or are just interested in how the process works, Brandon Scales will tell you. Having worked with director Peter Berg and actor Mark Wahlberg, Brandon has a fascinating story and invaluable advice on pursuing your dream. The best ability is availability. Step One-show up!
Looking to land that dream job? Go in with some jokes! Show them what a funny guy you are! Just be sure to force it if your jokes are falling flat. And remember to start laughing before the punchline. Always works.
Matty chats with Drew Ackerman, host of the wildly popular podcast: Sleep With Me. Drew helps millions of people worldwide fall asleep with soothing stories that allow their spinning minds to find some focus and peace. Drew offers his views on work, having purpose in life and those endless arguments we have with ourselves.
Amazon and Jeff Bezos made over $11Billion last year and will $0 in taxes. This is legal but is it fair? Is the tax burden falling too much on the middle class? What about job creation? Matty K and John discuss the ins and outs.
Matty K and John discuss how automation in the workplace has not had the effect the that many economists thought it would. Low paying service sector jobs have grown at 10 times the rate of highly paid tech jobs at places like Intel and Axon. We seem to be at the end pf a cycle and the future is cloudy.
114. Dr Eric Frazer on The Psychology of Top Talent!
John talks with Dr. Eric Frazer about his latest book, 'The Psychology of Top Talent.' We delve into flow states, meditation, goal setting, exercise, grit, consistency, creative learning...basically all the traits that my co-host Matty K lacks! Enjoy!
Having problems at work? In your love life? With your cat? Chances are there is a list available to solve it. If you just follow these five steps, you will get that promotion, your spouse won't leave you and your cat will love you. If there is one thing we do not like, it is complicated solutions to complicated problems!
Is a friend of yours trying to get you to sell "immune enhancing" shakes? Maybe a "dietary supplement"? Before you hand over a $1,000 bucks for the first batch of sugar pills, listen to our podcast on the realities of multi-level marketing. Someone makes money, just not you.
106. Erin Griffith on Overwork in the Tech Industry
Matty K speaks with Erin Griffith who reports for the New York Times on developments in the world of tech. Grind Culture, working all day everyday, began with the start-ups and is now embraced by many industries. But how healthy is Toil Glamour? What happened to time AWAY from work? Where does work end and where do YOU begin?
John talks with David Heinemeier Hansson, co-founder of Basecamp and creator of Ruby on Rails about his latest book, 'It Doesn't Have to be Crazy at Work' David's anti-hustle philosophy is a breath of fresh air!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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...
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!
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!
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.
089. Elaine Pofeldt, 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!
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!
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!
080. Building NYC with 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!
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.
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.)
058. Bullsh*t Jobs: Does Your Job Actually Accomplish Anything?
Matty K and John discuss jobs that don't really serve much of a purpose - aka 'Bullshit Jobs' where you have to ask yourself 'Does my job actually accomplish anything?' We also discuss the Top Ten Most Stressful Job of 2018.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!