Get Reworked

Mike Prokopeak and Siobhan Fagan

Forget the status quo — Get Reworked. Join the editors of Reworked, your guide to the r/evolution of work, as they interview business leaders transforming the way work gets done today.

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Remote and hybrid work is a golden opportunity to make real progress toward diversity and inclusion goals, but only if companies handle it right. In this episode of Get Reworked, we talk to Joan C. Williams, professor at University of California Hastings School of Law and author of Bias Interrupted: Creating Inclusion for Real and for Good, about that opportunity and the role organizations can play in interrupting bias at work. Here's a tip: Just having a conversation about it isn't enough. "If you had a problem with sales, you wouldn't respond to it by having a conversation about sales, and then expect anything to change," Joan said. "You would analyze the sales process, figure out what's going wrong, develop metrics to establish baselines and measure progress, and then keep trying evidence-based strategies to achieve your goals. You wouldn't have a sincere conversation about sales and designate National Celebrate Sales Month and expect anything to change."  Highlights of the conversation include: Why diversity, equity and inclusion programs in many organizations fail to solve the challenge of bias. The places where bias in organizational systems show up and how that harms women and people of color. How to design hiring processes, performance evaluations and succession planning to be more equitable. Why change needs to come from the top and the bottom of the organization. Plus, co-hosts Siobhan Fagan and Mike Prokopeak talk to Joan about why she has made studying and interrupting bias her life's work and talk about their bi-weekly live conversations with audience members on Twitter Spaces. Listen in for more. Have a suggestion, comment or topic for a future episode? Drop us a line at editors@simplermedia.com.

Dec 7

42 min 32 sec

Employee experience has become a primary objective for organizations as they look to retain pandemic-fatigued employees and recruit in-demand talent. But it's easy to get it wrong. In this episode, Tom Dewaele, global head of employee experience at Unilever, shares how the London-based consumer goods maker creates a unified employee experience for 150,000 workers across 190 countries. The journey can easily end up with efforts fragmented across functions and multiple competing departmental initiatives. The end result is frustrated employees. "That's what triggered the thinking of starting to look at it in a different way, in a more end-to-end way and bring those different functions together under one single umbrella called employee experience," said Dewaele. Dewaele, the winner of Reworked's 2021 Employee Experience Leader of the Year award, shares what others can learn from Unilever's journey over the last few years. Highlights of the conversation include: The importance of having a single, unified vision for employee experience across the organization. How Unilever started on its employee experience journey. What employee experience leaders can learn from customer experience. How to balance priorities across regions and departments and still find space for experimentation. Plus, co-hosts Siobhan Fagan and Mike Prokopeak talk with Tom about Belgian fries vs. their French counterpart and urge listeners to get their award applications ready for the coming year. Listen in for more. Have a suggestion, comment or topic for a future episode? Drop us a line at editors@simplermedia.com.

Nov 23

40 min 19 sec

Hybrid work is the order of the day for many companies as they ponder their future. But what does hybrid work actually mean and how do you design it to work for both employees and the organization? In this episode of Get Reworked, Jim Kalbach, chief evangelist at digital whiteboard company MURAL, talks about how the current moment is an inflection point for designing places where people actually want to work. "I don't think it's a change in work that we've experienced during the pandemic," he said. "It's a change in lifestyle that we've experienced and because of that people kind of got a flavor of a different way of living and working. And I don't think they're ready to give that up." Highlights of the conversation include: Why you have to be intentional about how you design hybrid and remote work. How to use small moments within meetings to create a positive culture. How user experience and design thinking can be used to create effective hybrid work experiences. The 5 P Framework for thinking about hybrid work, and why policy and practice should drive your approach. ​Why now is the time to reinvent how you engage with teams and embrace a playful mindset. Plus, co-hosts Siobhan Fagan and Mike Prokopeak talk about the oeuvre of Nicolas Cage movies and how the journeyman Hollywood actor just might be the panacea for what ails the digital workplace. Listen in for more. Have a suggestion, comment or topic for a future episode? Drop us a line at editors@simplermedia.com.

Nov 9

37 min 57 sec

The past year-plus has been one giant, often unwanted and unanticipated, experiment at work. From emerging collaboration tools and AI-fueled bots to new working models like hybrid and remote work, organizations large and small had to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. New ways of thinking and working are a reality from the frontline to the C-suite. It's also quite obvious that it's still a work in progress. In this kickoff episode to Season 2 of Get Reworked, co-hosts Siobhan Fagan and Mike Prokopeak take a look back at some of what's happened and review their own podcast experiment.  The past year has seen dizzying advancements as well as consistent reminders that it's often the management basics that have the most dramatic effect. Highlights of the conversation include: Big workplace themes from the 2021 Digital Workplace Experience series. Why the basics are so important in the workplace of the future. Favorite episodes from Season 1 of the podcast. Plus, Siobhan and Mike renew their debate about whether or not raisins in cookies are a good thing. That and more hard-hitting commentary on what's next from the upcoming season of the Get Reworked podcast. Listen in for more. Have a suggestion, comment or topic for a future episode? Drop us a line at editors@simplermedia.com.

Nov 2

16 min 40 sec

From established tools like Slack, enterprise giants Microsoft Teams and Google Workspace, and emerging whiteboard tools like Mural, we have more ways to collaborate at work than we've ever had before. But that doesn't mean it's all sorted out. In this episode of Get Reworked, Angela Ashenden, principal analyst in the workplace transformation practice at CCS Insight, shares why the technology is important but it's the human element that is perhaps the most tricky in the new world of collaboration. "There is this increasing requirement on managers to learn new skills in order to cope with the changes in the way that teams work today and the way that people work," Angela said. "And as we go into this kind of hybrid work environment, then there's a number of new things that come into that picture as well." Highlights of the conversation include: How collaboration is changing inside organizations in response to technology innovation. The ways management needs to change its approach to collaboration in hybrid and remote work environments. When asynchronous collaboration makes sense and when it makes sense to collaborate in real time. The critical importance of workplace agreements and policies that spell out collaboration expectations. Plus, co-hosts Siobhan Fagan and Mike Prokopeak talk with Angela about her skepticism about the rise of mental wellness apps and reflect on their takeaways from the first season of the podcast. Listen in for more. Have a suggestion, comment or topic for a future episode? Drop us a line at editors@simplermedia.com.

Aug 11

36 min 45 sec

In February 2020, Delta Air Lines was celebrating a record year for travel and looking forward to a 2020 that would potentially surpass even that. Thirty days later, nearly all of that business was gone. In this episode of Get Reworked, Brandon Carson talks about the experience of living through that moment and how it's opened up a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to redefine work. Until recently, Brandon was head of learning at Delta, one of the world's largest airlines, and recently took on a new role as vice president of learning and leadership at Walmart. He's also the author of a new book, "L&D's Playbook in the Digital Age." It's that learning and development focus that has him feeling more hopeful, not less so, about the future.   Listen: Get Reworked Podcast Full Episode List "We've got all these opportunities to connect to each other and learn from each other," Brandon said. "So it's an opportunity that is unlike anything we've had in the past." Highlights of the conversation include: What he learned about leadership and learning through lockdown. How companies can reset and rebuild their leadership bench for future success. What exactly is different about how companies approach employee development in the digital age. Why a learning strategy needs to be the business strategy. Plus, co-hosts Siobhan Fagan and Mike Prokopeak talk with Brandon about AI, digital natives, 70-20-10 and the enduring magic of Whitney Houston. Listen in for more. Have a suggestion, comment or topic for a future episode? Drop us a line at editors@simplermedia.com.

Jul 27

45 min 30 sec

Corporate social responsibility gets thrown around a lot in business today. Organizations regularly tout the steps they take to make the world a better place and how they're endeavoring to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace. How much of that is real? In this episode of Get Reworked, Malia Lazu breaks it down for us. She's a diversity and inclusion strategist, founder of consulting firm The Lazu Group, lecturer on innovation at MIT, and a former banker and community organizer. Suffice it to say, she sees the issue from many perspectives. "Right now, I think a lot of what we're seeing is performative," Malia said. "And you know, that's great. Performative is a start, but it's not going to be enough to actually have an impact. We have to move from intention to impact. And once we start doing that, I think we can all take off our skepticism hat a little bit. But right now, there's no reason to." Highlights of the conversation include: How to know when a company is serious about making a real impact. Why equity is the workplace standard that companies should measure themselves against. Why CSR and diversity and inclusion work takes practice. The Three L Process (listen, learn and loving action) for how to make a difference. The power of employee resource groups and how to ensure women don't continue to bear the brunt of the remote work downside. Plus, co-hosts Siobhan Fagan and Mike Prokopeak talk about why corporate social responsibility is top of mind for businesses today. Listen in for more. Have a suggestion, comment or topic for a future episode? Drop us a line at editors@simplermedia.com.

Jul 13

42 min 32 sec

The shift to remote and hybrid work is just the tip of the transformation iceberg. To make the most of the massive investment in digital workplace technology over the last year-plus, we need to think much more deeply about digital transformation. In this episode of Get Reworked, Anh Nguyen Phillips, global CEO program research director at Deloitte Consulting and co-author of "The Transformation Myth: Leading Your Organization through Uncertain Times," tells us why people are the linchpin in successful digital transformation.  "They have the creativity, the ingenuity, the passion," Anh said, "and all of that feeds in to creating the most impactful, innovative, life-changing kinds of technologies that we have, and that we will have going into the future. But we can't tap into that creativity and that innovation without focusing on the human element." Highlights of the conversation include: Why we need to focus on enterprise transformation, not just digital transformation. Why having a higher purpose is essential to making the most of digital technology. How digitally mature companies approach leadership and organizational culture differently. The five traits of organizations that get transformation right. Plus, co-hosts Siobhan Fagan and Mike Prokopeak talk about their own underwhelming pandemic lockdown-inspired achievements. Listen in for more.

Jun 29

44 min 55 sec

There is no status quo when it comes to skills. New technologies, new realities and new challenges are arriving at a rapid-fire pace, leaving many previously skilled and experienced people on the outside looking in. That's why many organizations are embracing the need to reskill and upskill their workforce. But what exactly does that mean? Shelley Osborne, corporate learning executive and author of "The Upskilling Imperative," explains and tells us why the ability to learn is the essential skill every organization and every individual needs to succeed. Interestingly, it's not about a specific skill. Rather, it's about creating an environment where learning can happen.  "When we do it well, and when we create these incredible learning cultures, and set people up to be growing and developing and upskilling, we make the best organizations — the most innovative, creative, interesting, amazing places to work," Shelley said. Highlights of the conversation include: How upskilling is different from reskilling. Why a learning mindset is the key to the future of work. The core tenets of a successful learning culture. How to avoid letting the mistakes of the past define how companies deliver learning in the future. Plus, co-hosts Siobhan Fagan and Mike Prokopeak share what teachers influenced them the most and come up with a new business idea.

Jun 15

50 min 20 sec

In the past year, an invisible virus amped up anxiety and worry and threw workers into months of isolation. On top of that, long simmering tensions exploded into a blaze of social protests across the country, and the presidential election and storming of the U.S. Capitol showed just how divided society has become. The result is a perfect storm of conditions to sap employee mental wellbeing. In this episode of Get Reworked, Andrew Shatté, pyschologist, author and chief knowledge officer at Mequilibrium, shares why companies need to get serious about mental health and start having real conversations about wellbeing at work. The reality is less than a third of employees will come out of this experience stronger and more resilient. "There's absolutely no reason why we shouldn't strive for 100% of those people in our workforce to come out of this stronger if we take steps now and do the right thing," Andrew said. "And I think organizations right now are staring down a choice point and they do not want to be on the wrong side of history here." Highlights of the conversation include: Why we're due for a renegotiation of the social contract between employers and employees. Managers' role in employee mental wellbeing and how to help them identify ways they can help. The seven skills to build a more resilient mindset. How the skills we learn now will help with the continued transformational change ahead. Plus, co-hosts Siobhan Fagan and Mike Prokopeak wonder just how awkward their face-to-face interactions will be as pandemic restrictions ease. Listen in for more. Have a suggestion, comment or topic for a future episode? Drop us a line at editors@simplermedia.com.

Jun 1

52 min 2 sec

Visionary strategy, talented people, management excellence, relentless execution, innovative products and services. They're all hallmarks of a successful business. But ... curiosity?  In this episode of Get Reworked, Simon Brown, chief learning officer at Novartis, and Garrick Jones of The Ludic Group make the case for curiosity as the competitive edge companies need today based on their business bestseller "The Curious Advantage."  It lies at the heart of the essential skills needed to navigate an uncertain and constantly shifting future, they argue. And how you manage your people is how you'll unlock its value. "A big part is actually managers, leaders within an organization creating that culture where people can learn, can experiment, can try things, can question, can challenge," Simon said.  Highlights of the conversation include: Why curiosity is the greatest driver of value in the digital age. The 7 C's of curiosity and how to develop them. The need for experimentation and multiple channels for thinking. How leaders can make experimentation a central part of business culture. Plus, co-hosts Siobhan Fagan and Mike Prokopeak talk through what they're curious about these days and why this conversation left them hankering for a Big Mac. Listen in for more. 

May 18

42 min 13 sec

Jobs are being pulled apart into tasks and projects. Degrees and credentials are being boiled down to their underlying skills and capabilities. The result is a reinvention of the way we think about work. In this episode of Get Reworked, professor John Boudreau and futurist Ravin Jesuthasan share the highlights of their forthcoming book, "Work Without Jobs." The bottom line: The automation of work is leading not to the destruction of jobs, but rather to their deconstruction. "All of those deconstructed elements are now going to live in a way on their own," said John. "They're no longer going to be exclusively bundled into jobs, job holders and degrees. And that requires mindsets, leadership approaches and HR systems that can manage and track and optimize at that deconstructed level." Highlights of the conversation include: Why we need a new operating system for work. How internal talent marketplaces can match skills to opportunities. How deconstruction can put power into the hands of workers. Why and how HR needs to shift from being a steward of employment to a steward of work. Plus, co-hosts Siobhan Fagan and Mike Prokopeak talk through the far-reaching effects of automation and what that potentially means for individual workers and society at large. Listen in for more. 

May 3

51 min 56 sec

It's quite possible that people now entering the workforce could hold 20 or even 30 jobs over the span of a career that will last far longer than it has in the past. And the skills they learned to prepare for the jobs of today will be obsolete in record time. In this episode of Get Reworked, Dr. Michelle Weise, senior advisor at Imaginable Futures, joins us to talk about what this all means for the future of workplace education. She shares insights from her recent book, Long Life Learning: Preparing for Jobs that Don't Even Exist Yet. The short story? What we've done in the past isn't going to cut it anymore. "With all these different kinds of rapid technological advancements and changes in artificial intelligence and machine learning and deep learning, we're going to actually have to skill up continuously and return to learning in order to remain competitive in that longer life," Michelle said. In this episode, Michelle explains how medical advances are making a 150-year life span a reality, meaning the next generation of workers could very well have a career that spans a century. Highlights of the conversation include: What extended careers mean for education, both at school and at work. The role of companies in helping workers reskill and upskill. The skills we'll need to thrive in the jobs that haven't even been created yet. How lifelong learning is like a spiral staircase. Plus, co-hosts Mike Prokopeak and Siobhan Fagan share how their first jobs quite possibly violated multiple child labor laws, but the lessons learned carry on to this day. Listen in for more. Have a suggestion, comment or topic for a future episode? Drop us a line at editors@simplermedia.com.

Apr 20

48 min 17 sec

It often feels like we're drowning in a sea of meetings, documents, notifications and alerts. And to some degree that's true. Information overload is bad for you and it's bad for business. But that doesn't mean there's nothing we can do about it. In this episode of Get Reworked, David Lavenda joins us to put some perspective on the topic and how we can better manage the flood of information that comes our way. It's not the first time humanity has grappled with the challenge. "Throughout history, every time a new information technology has been created or become popular, there's always been somebody who stepped in and said, 'This time it's different.'" he said. "Eventually things work themselves out and we move on."  In this episode, David explains how information overload isn't a new problem and what we can do to better manage it in our personal and professional lives. Highlights of the conversation include: The history of information overload and how every generation has to grapple with it. The three different kinds of information overload. How topic computing and new technology can help. Why AI isn't going to solve our problems. Plus, host Siobhan Fagan opens up about her Internet browser problem and she and co-host Mike Prokopeak set up a Slack conversation to initiate the Zoom meeting to create the Google Doc to address their channel overload problem. 

Apr 6

42 min 48 sec

Many companies have detailed corporate mission and vision statements, but do they have a real purpose? It's an important distinction to make as employees and customers increasingly expect companies to take a stand on issues outside of work. Stacia Sherman Garr, principal analyst and co-founder of Red Thread Research, joins us to talk about her research into organizational purpose and how to build it into talent practices. "In this time when so many of us have been working these long hours and have been having to maybe home school or take care of elders, we can't help but ask ourselves, why are we doing this?" she said. "What's our own purpose? And what's the purpose of the organization I'm working for? And is it worth it?"  In this episode, Stacia explains what the purpose-driven organization is and how it fits into the future of business. Highlights of the conversation include: The history of stakeholder capitalism and why the focus on shareholders is a relatively recent phenomenon. How the last year has shifted the conversation about organizational purpose and social impact. How leaders can be authentic and avoid "purpose-washing."  The ways that organizations can embed purpose into practice from hiring to employee development.  Plus, co-hosts Siobhan Fagan and Mike Prokopeak hear the voice of their internal skeptic and discuss whether or not this moment of corporate vulnerability and transparency will last.   Have a suggestion, comment or topic for a future episode? Drop us a line at editors@simplermedia.com.

Mar 23

44 min 38 sec

One of the most powerful, if not the most powerful, forces in a company is its culture. It's also one of the least understood. In this episode of Get Reworked, Kevin Oakes, CEO and co-founder of i4cp, joins us to talk about his research into company culture and what he's learned about what makes good corporate cultures work. Those ideas are summed up in his recent book, Culture Renovation: 18 Leadership Actions to Build an Unshakeable Company. It's a timely conversation to have right now. "The pandemic has changed almost every culture, like it or not," Kevin said. "So the question for companies is, do you want to sit back passively and allow that change to your culture just happen? Or do you want to proactively try to shape the culture you want for the future?"  In this episode, Kevin talks about how to succeed in culture change efforts. Highlights of the conversation include: Why most culture change efforts fail. Why it's important to think of culture work as a renovation vs. a transformation. How to include people at all levels in change efforts and identify influencers, energizers and blockers. How to keep up energy for culture change when we go back to the office. Plus, co-hosts Siobhan Fagan and Mike Prokopeak talk through how why the culture conversation is important right now and narrowly avert their own clash of cultures over the topic of oatmeal raisin vs. chocolate chip cookies.  Have a suggestion, comment or topic for a future episode? Drop us a line at editors@simplermedia.com.

Mar 9

46 min 39 sec

We're at an inflection point in our conversation about the office. For nearly a year now, many office workers have been holed up at home with a return to the office just a distant prospect. But with the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines, we can finally see the office again on the horizon. But heading back to the office isn't as simple as getting a vaccine and re-starting the daily commute. Work has changed and so must the office. Ryan Anderson, vice president of global research and insights at furniture maker Herman Miller, joins us to talk about what he's learned from the last year of working from home and what our imminent return to the office means for how we work. "The game has really been changed because for the first time, maybe ever, the attitudes among work team leaders and managers in 2020 shifted, in that a majority of them now do believe that work can successfully be done outside of the office," Ryan says. In this episode, Ryan shares a bit about the history of office design and why now is a pivotal moment in the way we think about work. Highlights of the conversation include: How desktop computers became the center of office design and what to do about it. Why this is a moment to rethink work, not just the office. The three factors reshaping how we should think about office space. Tips for making the most of your home office environment.  Plus, co-host Siobhan Fagan reveals that she lives in a kind of Herman Miller museum and Mike Prokopeak shares why West Michigan is one of the best kept-secrets in the U.S. Listen in to find out more. Have a suggestion, comment or topic for a future episode? Drop us a line at editors@simplermedia.com.

Feb 23

43 min 10 sec

Can we all agree that scheduling a Zoom meeting or two doesn't necessarily make a team better? Hopefully that's not the only lesson we take away from the past year. It's been a challenging time for work teams in many ways. Remote work pushed co-workers apart at the very moment they needed to come together to address the urgent business crises created by the pandemic. And while 2020 was a challenge, 2021 hasn't exactly gotten off to a great start either. Despite that, there are signs of spring amidst our winter of discontent. The pressures of the past year pushed companies to adapt in ways that have the potential to create positive change in how work gets done, says Jen Dennard, co-founder and COO at Range.co, a collaboration software company. "There's such innovation in how teams work," she says. "And it's not going to be limited to just knowledge workers." In this episode, Jen breaks down the state of teamwork at work and why she's optimistic about the future. Highlights of the conversation include: The important distinction between effectiveness and productivity. How team management has evolved in the face of prolonged crisis. What managers can do to better manage teams in a remote environment. How hybrid work reshapes how teams interact. Plus, co-host Mike Prokopeak asks why work teams seem to be working despite all the challenges while teamwork in politics is so dysfunctional, and Siobhan Fagan works in a choice "I Love Lucy" reference. Listen in to find out more. Have a suggestion, comment or topic for a future episode? Drop us a line at editors@simplermedia.com.

Feb 9

42 min 9 sec

Work is a marathon and not a sprint. That's worth remembering as we take a look at the state of things following a tumultuous year. While the last year may have been hard on many organizations and individuals, it’s important to take the long view. We may feel stressed, overworked and burnt out, but the crisis we're living through is actually an opportunity to re-imagine what work can be, says Mary Slaughter, managing director of people advisory services at EY. The sense of isolation that we've all been through gives us an opportunity to reconnect with one another and be more purposeful in our relationships at home and at work. And for leaders, it's a chance to step back and think about how to be better. "They've been equipped to have briefings with investors and analysts and the board of directors and to come in with PowerPoint decks that are filled with charts and spreadsheets and numbers," Mary says. "And just this understanding that emotion is a data point the same way that ROI is — it tells you something about the health and well being of your organization." In this episode, Mary breaks down the state of our psychology at work. Highlights of the conversation include: What the last year of isolation and remote work has done to our emotional well being. Why the experience of working through the pandemic has the chance to create lasting change. How leadership is being redefined in a more humanistic and realistic way. How organizations can better support employees in the long term. Plus co-hosts Mike Prokopeak and Siobhan Fagan alternate being glass half full and half empty when it comes to the future of work, and break down their takeaways for leadership during this great transformation. Listen in to find out more. Have a suggestion, comment or topic for a future episode? Drop us a line at editors@simplermedia.com.

Jan 26

43 min 10 sec

Organizations are stuck. Far too often, they think about work in a mechanical way that limits their ability to adapt and rapidly innovate. As we’ve discovered over the last year, work is an ever-evolving experience, says Paul Miller, CEO of Digital Workplace Group. And that requires an organization that can evolve alongside it. Digital transformation is part of that story, but it’s not all of it.  We’re not just moving into a digital age but into a “living age,” Paul says, and the next chapter calls for companies to think of themselves not as machines but rather as a living and breathing organism. In this episode, Paul and his colleague Shimrit Janes share the insights from their new book, “Nature of Work: The New Story of Work for a Living Age.” Highlights of the conversation include: Why we need a new, nature-based vocabulary to talk about work. How to move from a hierarchical, mechanistic structure to a more agile, organic one. Why organizations can’t ignore politics and ignore the society and environment around them at their own peril. The unifying power of purpose beyond mission and vision statements. The journey from factory to forest is a gradual one, but the past year of transformation has planted the seeds of organizations' future, Paul and Shimrit say.  Plus, co-hosts Siobhan Fagan and Mike Prokopeak talk about what the Wood Wide Web is and use an embarrassing number of puns to set up today’s episode. Curious? Well, don’t make like a tree and leave just yet. Listen in to find out more.

Jan 12

40 min 57 sec

When it comes to employee experience, everything changed in 2020. Primarily in-person work experiences became remote. Side conversations became Slack channels. Conference calls and staff meet-ups became Teams meetings. We have a decentralized workplace like we’ve never seen before. It’s a unique point in human history, says Dion Hinchcliffe of Constellation Research. In the past, separate departments would have different approaches to employee experience. To IT, it was about technology. To HR, it was about people and culture. Everyone now is on the same page. In this episode, Dion breaks down the state of employee experience and shares his insights on how to manage the 2021 workplace. Highlights include: How the evolution of customer experience shaped employee experience. Why failure to transform will lead to certain collapse. The importance of working out loud for greater productivity. Why remote first should be the default mode of business going forward. There's no set answer but lots of opportunity, Dion says. Plus, co-hosts Siobhan Fagan and Mike Prokopeak wonder when they’ll get the new COVID vaccine. Spoiler alert: Not soon, but that’s just fine. Listen in to find out more.

Dec 2020

41 min 20 sec

The last year has given us a lot of baggage to unpack. 2020 saw the rapid adoption of digital workplace tools and a fundamental rework of our concept of how work gets done. Fortunately, Sam Marshall is here to help. Sam has seen a lot in his 20-plus years in the digital workplace. In this episode, he brings some much-needed clarity to our messy reality and unpacks what it all means as we head into the uncharted territory ahead. Highlights include: Why you can’t just buy your way to digital workplace transformation. What remote and hybrid working means for the way business operate. How shadow IT operations can be a source of agility and innovation. How the digital workplace is breaking down barriers between the office and the front line. The bottom line? It’s the dawn of a new era. Don’t squander this opportunity to remake work. Plus, co-hosts Siobhan Fagan and Mike Prokopeak explore why we’re not all that different from baboons when it comes to our work behavior. Listen in to find out more.

Dec 2020

50 min 39 sec

Employee motivation traditionally took one form: You do X and I pay you Y. This approach worked pretty well, up to a point. But as organizations grow in complexity so too does the work, and what is asked of the workforce. That makes such transactional incentives less effective. “There needs to be … a reason why people participate in that work other than payment,” said Rachel Happe, co-founder of The Community Roundtable. Rachel believes communities create the kind of commitment that goes beyond the salary or the benefits package to inspire employees to “willingly engage rather than get forced to engage.” In this podcast conversation, Rachel explains why communities are not only central to management but also the organizational operating model of the future. Plus, she makes the case that joy and work are not mutually exclusive. Podcast co-hosts Mike Prokopeak and Siobhan Fagan ask if this is blasphemy or a fresh approach to the 9-to-5. Listen to find out.

Nov 2020

40 min 45 sec

In March 2020, legions of workers trudged into the office much like they had been doing for months, years, and even decades in some cases. They went home that evening and haven’t been back. Things haven’t been the same ever since. Within the short span of days, we undertook a massive experiment in new ways of working and we haven’t looked back. In episode 1 of Get Reworked, Reworked editors Mike Prokopeak and Siobhan Fagan talk to researcher Sarah Kimmel, who shares exclusive data on the state of digital transformation and provides a snapshot just how successful we’ve been at navigating this workplace revolution and what still lies ahead.

Nov 2020

45 min 57 sec