The Workplace Headcase

Dawn Burke

Work is crazy.

The good news...we can change this dynamic on our own.

Introducing The Workplace Headcase
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Your Story Matters. This week we listen to Katie’s Story. It’s hard to find a place that you feel comfortable in. It can take many years of searching to find a community that makes us feel loved and supported. After all, we all want to feel that we belong, especially at work. Today's guest, Katie Rasoul, shares her personal story about this very topic.  This week on The Workplace Headcase my obsession is #Belonging. In this episode I talk to  keynote speaker, leadership coach, fellow podcaster, and founder of Team Awesome, Katie Rasoul, about why belonging is now an important workplace focus. And how belonging has naturally evolved into the third piece of the Diversity and Inclusion triangle. If you are a person committed to learning more, advocating for, and implementing workplace cultures that are Diverse, Inclusive and foster Belonging -- this episode is for you!   >>You want to hear stories from more great people on how to make work less crazy> you can subscribe on Apple, or follow on Spotify, Amazon or Google.  And I would love for you to Rate and Review the WPH Here. It's OK if you don't give me a 5-Star review, but know I will obsess about it!  But wait... there's more > To hear all the Songs Of The Week in their entirety follow the Workplace Headcase Playlist on Spotify!    For You Fast-Trackers: 06:49 - Why Katie left Corporate HR and what her mission is now.  10:14 - Katie’s Story: Why and how Katie became obsessed with belonging in the workplace? Also,how going from a company with a great leadership culture to one without a great leadership culture made Katie ask the hard future questions.  17:45 - What is the big 2020 topic that brought belonging to the corporate doorstep, what exactly is the difference between diversity, inclusion and belonging, and why is Corporate America still struggling to achieve these ideal states.  20:51 - Katies digs deeper on the concept of "belonging within a community, and what do you need to get to achieve belonging in the workplace (in within yourself).  28:10 - What Katie needed to see to feel a sense of belonging at work (and what you need to see too).  32:01 - What's at stake if companies don't foster an environment of belonging? And what we can do about it.    Show Resources Katie Rasoul >>>> www.katierasoul.com www.teamawesomecoaching.com Hidden Brilliance (Book) Life and Leadership Podcast   Dawn Burke >>> Dawn Burke on LinkedIn Dawn Burke Blog Dawn Burke HR Dawn Burke, Recruiting Toolbox   The Workplace Headcase >>> The WPH on LinkedIn, IG, FB, Twitter

Mar 11

38 min 31 sec

Here is an episode from the Front Lines! I think there’s one thing that we can all relate to: we all procrastinate on something. Whether you’re a serial procrastinator or there are just a few tasks in your life that you hate to do, this episode is perfect for you. This week my obsession is Procrastination. To discuss this very relatable topic, I brought on my friend and Regional Loss Prevention Manager of Kirklands Eric WIlliams, a leader on the Front Lines, who - like you - has struggled in this arena throughout his career.  You want to hear from more great people on how to make work less crazy> you can subscribe on Apple, or follow on Spotify, Amazon or Google.  And I would love for you to Rate and Review the WPH HERE. It's OK if you don't give me a 5-Star review, but know I will obsess about it!  But wait... there's more > To hear all the Songs Of The Week in their entirety follow the Workplace Headcase Playlist on Spotify!  In This Episode: Eric shares how he finds time for consistent self-improvement Analysis paralysis: it is code for deep thinking or an excuse that procrastinators use? Ways that we can work through our procrastination For You Fast-Tracker's: 6:00 - Eric shares the origin story of his friendship with Dawn 7:45 - Eric tells Dawn how he finds time and resources for consistent self-improvement 10:00 - How Eric got started in loss prevention 13:30 - How Eric combats procrastination in his life and his work 19:30 - Analysis paralysis: is it deep thinking or just an excuse? 22:45 - What are ways that people can get through their procrastination?   Show Resources Eric Williams >>>> Eric Williams on LinkedIn   Dawn Burke >>> Dawn Burke on LinkedIn Dawn Burke HR Dawn Burke, Recruiting Toolbox   The Workplace Headcase >>> The WPH on LinkedIn, IG, FB, Twitter

Mar 3

27 min 19 sec

Are you enjoying your new pandemic life? How’s the Next Normal going for you? Chances are that most of y’all have been working from home for quite some time. You may love it or you may hate it but most of us are having to face it regardless.    This is The Workplace Headcase, where I obsess over building better #workplaces. Work is crazy, but we can change that on our own.    This week my obsession is #WorkingFromHome. My longtime friend and president of HRU Tech, writer, and speaker @TimSackett joins me to discuss all things remote work.    In this episode, Tim shares how his mindset about work changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic How he was brought up on a “you stay until the boss leaves” culture Is Zoom fatigue real or is it complete BS?   To hear all the Songs Of The Week in their entirety follow the Workplace Headcase Playlist on Spotify!    To check out @TimSackett’s work, visit his website timsackett.com. To learn more about Dawn and her work go to dawnburke.com. Follow us @theworkplaceheadcase on Instagram and Facebook and on Twitter @wpheadcase. 3:20 - Workplace Headcase Song Of The Week! 6:40 - Tim tells Dawn about their origin story. Thanks to Kris Dunn for the introduction! 10:40 - Tim shares how the pandemic opened up his mind to the possibilities of remote work  15:00 - “You stay until the boss leaves” culture and how it affected his career 19:20 - Dawn shares her experience with cockroaches while living in the South 22:00 - How did Tim’s employees handle the remote work? Was it positive or negative for them? 30:00 - What does Tim do to informally train his new employees? 36:20 - Zoom fatigue: Is it real? Tim is skeptical… 41:45 - What are strategies employees can use to make remote work successful?

Feb 24

48 min 52 sec

Ever snap-off at work? Ever automatically say “sorry” all the time. Before you berate yourself, this may actually be a biological response? One based on trauma that impacts your feelings of belonging.    This week my obsession is the Biology of #Belonging. To discuss belonging in the workplace, I talked to the epigenetic coach in tech and founder of iRestart, Rajkumari Neogy.   In this episode,  Rajkumari shares how her upbringing shaped her experience in the workplace (at Facebook and others). What are epigenetics? How do experiences, including traumatic ones, change our biological responses How epigenetics can create better teams in the workplace What true belonging feels like to Rajkumari.   To hear all the Songs Of The Week in their entirety follow the Workplace Headcase Playlist on Spotify!    To check out @Rajkumari’s work, visit her website rajkumarineogy.com. To learn more about Dawn and her work go to dawnburke.com. Follow us @theworkplaceheadcase on Instagram and Facebook and on Twitter @wpheadcase.   2:40 - Workplace Headcase Song of the Week! 7:00 - How Rajkumari’s upbringing shaped her experience at work 11:45 - What are epigenetics? 16:45 - How can epigenetic research help workplaces operate better? 19:00 - The 3 tiers of exclusion 26:30 - Rajkumari uses neurobiology to offer explanations of some of my past experiences 31:50 - What would true belonging feel like? 38:45 - How leaders can help their employees that are going down a bad path Resources: Exclusion and trauma are impacting the workforce. Here’s how to fix it and heal.  

Feb 17

46 min 29 sec

This week on The Workplace Headcase, my obsession is connection. I asked friend of mine and human connection expert Stuart Chittenden to come on and share his stories about how connection impacts his work. Stuart is the founder of Squishtalks, an agency that helps awaken our humanity and make work and life more fulfilling.   In this episode,  Stuart tells me about his love of the word Squish, and how one of his companies was born out of dinner parties! (It’s true).  What led him to his true calling. The power of curiosity.  Why companies must care about human connection in their workplaces  And, the 5 attitudes that can help improve communication. To check out Stuart’s work, visit his website squishtalks.com. To learn more about Dawn and her work go to dawnburke.com. Follow us @theworkplaceheadcase on Instagram and Facebook and on Twitter @wpheadcase. 3:00: Workplace Headcase Song of the Week 6:00: Dawn + Stuart origin story at Boondoggle  9:00 Stuart’s story of the creation of Squishtalks 15:15: Stuart’s isolation led him to his calling 21:00: Why should companies care about human connection in the workplace? 23:30: The 5 attitudes that can help improve conversation To hear all the Songs Of The Week in their entirety follow the Workplace Headcase Playlist on Spotify!  Episode Resources:  Stuart at squishtalks.com,  gilbertchittden.com.  livesradioshow.com and on LinkedIn and Instagram @livesradioshow

Feb 10

28 min 31 sec

This week on The Workplace Headcase, my obsession is burnout. As someone who has burned out spectacularly, this topic is one I think about often.  This week's guest, Jason Lauritsen was blindsided by burnout and lived to tell the tale too. Jason is an author, speaker, professional development coach who spends his time helping organizations and leaders solve the problem of employee engagement.  Jason tells his story of how his bout of burnout shaped his current concept of work, how compartmentalizing work and life is a recipe for burnout, and opportunities companies can give their employees to work through their rough periods and mitigate  burnout. I want to give a big thank you to Jason for being my first guest, being open and honest, and modeling to others that sharing your story is not so hard!  To check out Jason’s work, visit his website jasonlauritsen.com. Follow us @workplaceheadcase on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn and on Twitter @wpheadcase to learn more about the podcast! 00:38 - Jason's Quick Hits 03:08 - The WPH Song of the Week 04:43 - Dawn introduces the topic of burnout and her relationship with Jason. 08:28 - Jason’s story of burnout that changed his concept of work. Spoiler alert: 2020 was a dumpster fire! 22:09 - Risks of compartmentalizing work and life; Compartmentalization is a survival mechanism and an indication that danger is present. 33:00 - The signs and causes of burnout 38:08 - What are the pain points that companies need to understand and the things that companies can do to help reduce burnout? Episode Resources:  Jasonlauritsen.com; Book: A Peacock In The Land Of Penguins The Workplace Headcase Playlist; Spotify  

Feb 2

47 min 49 sec

Host, Dawn Burke, career HR Leader, VP of People, consultant/trainer, speaker/writer, & mental health advocate talks about her new podcast > one that obsesses over making workplaces better. She'll introduce topics to be explored, explain why workplaces fail to create engaging, healthy workplaces, will give you a taste of one of her stories. One that makes her a mental health soldier who has thrived at work.  Join her as she interviews heroic employees, workplace leaders, and mental health experts and hear their stories about how they are changing the way we work and live for the better. 

Oct 2020

5 min 32 sec