Mind Your Work

Mind Your Work

Latest Episodes

MYW Unscripted Episode 12 – Essential Services
October 05, 2020

Essential services ensure that our continues to run, but things are a bit different during a pandemic. In this episode, we talk about some of the occupations that have graduated to essential and discuss how their new “value” has yet to reach employees....

MYW Unscripted Episode 11 – Universal Basic Income
September 01, 2020

If you received $1000 per month, no strings attached, how would you spend your time? In this episode, we discuss the concept of universal basic income. We cover some of its potential psychological consequences for the individual and the value of work i...

MYW S03 Episode 02 – COVID, Work, and Universal Human Needs
May 04, 2020

In this episode, we discuss how the COVID pandemic has affected the way we do our jobs and relate to each other at work. As I-O psychologists, we frame the issue from a human-centered perspective and use a popular (and well-supported) theory of motivat...

MYW Unscripted Episode 10 – Unlimited Paid Time Off
April 13, 2020

Unlimited vacation! Sounds great, right? Not so fast. There are definitely upsides, but with greater freedom comes some potential disadvantages for both employees and organizations. In this Unscripted, Jose and Nicholas discuss some of these pros and c...

MYW Unscripted Episode 09 – Our Experiences with Sleep Tracking Apps
March 16, 2020

Back in Season 2, Jose and Nicholas talked about what the science says about sleep and work. They also committed to tracking their sleep and coming back to discuss their experiences in the future. In this Unscripted,

MYW S03 Episode 01 – Performance Appraisals
March 02, 2020

Performance appraisals are something most of us are familiar with and probably don’t really enjoy (unless you’re accustomed to getting great appraisals!) – that said, there have recently been more widespread grumblings about this organizational traditi...

MYW S02 Episode 06 – Mentorship
November 20, 2019

Mentorship is a well-known concept that is ubiquitous in organizations and frequently depicted in popular media (remember Master Yoda? “Do. Or do not. There is no try”). This is for good reason as mentors are the teachers, guides,

MYW Unscripted Episode 08 – Cognitive Enhancing Drugs
September 30, 2019

In this episode, Jose and Nicholas discuss the thorny ethical issue of cognitive enhancement in the workplace. They cover what constitutes pharmacological cognitive enhancement (or PCE), talk about the norms around drug use,

MYW Unscripted Episode 07 – What is Crunch Mode and Why is it Terrible
September 09, 2019

“Crunch Mode” may sound like a fun breakfast cereal, but it’s actually kind of a bummer. Crunch Mode is a controversial labour practice that is common in the video game industry. It involves long hours, high amounts of stress, and no extra pay.

MYW Unscripted Episode 06 – Pay Transparency
August 12, 2019

In this episode of Unscripted, Jose and Nicholas discuss their thoughts on the taboo of talking about pay with your coworkers. They cover their own ideas as to why this taboo is so prevalent, how it negatively impacts workers,