Works For Me – Podcast Review

In this Episode I talked about my experience with the Bloomberg podcast: Works For Me. This show attempts to bring you along for the ride as the hosts Francesca Levy and Rebecca Greenfield attempt to life hack their way to increased workplace productivity.

PodApplaud- Works For Me  

Welcome to PodApplaud, the Monday through Friday podcast that aims to enable your Podcast habit. I’m your host Seb, and today we are going to take a look at the podcast: Works For Me

Works for me is a podcast that tests out hacks and methods to increase workplace productivity, or solve workplace problems. The show is put out by Bloomberg and hosted by Francesca Levy and Rebecca Greenfield. The show finished up it’s first season which consists of 8 episodes earlier this year and I’m not sure when they plan on releasing more. These episodes are about half an hour long with little variance in length.

Over the course of each episode one of our hosts will undergo the task of picking a habit they want to change or a skill to develop. At the top of the episode they propose a few different ways they could attempt to induce their desired change, pick one and set of to try it out for a week or two. My first gripe with the show is that if you compare this to Gimlet’s Reply All, that is a show that goes all out for each of it’s episodes, dives off the deep end, where as Gimlet’s Works For Me has similar levels of resources at their disposal, but feels more like the hosts are only dipping their toes into each experience. I feel like if Gimlet put out a show like this the hosts would have been trying these techniques for months on end as opposed to weeks. Anyway, after the host is done trying whatever they are trying they come back to share their experience. So what exactly are the hosts trying? Things like: Making a bullet journal, improving work meetings, becoming a morning person, finding a mentor, managing your email, and improving your mental focus. Despite my earlier critique, some of these items the hosts have actually found ways to tackle and improve their relationship with in just a week or two. Personally I don’t have a job in which many of these topics affect me so I can’t say any of the episodes have influenced me into trying to achieve changes along with the hosts. If I did have an office job, you wouldn’t catch me dead using my free time thinking about ways to better serve my corporate masters. Our hosts talk on this point a bit as well, whether it is even a good thing that people are feeling pressure to pour more and more of themselves into their work. They end up conceding a relatively neutral and inoffensive position. That feels like a trend for me in this show, it’s dominant trait is that it’s not great at anything, simply just inoffensive. The hosts are amicable enough, but you are not getting much personality in this podcast. The show doesn’t have much entertainment value, instead it aims to win over it’s audience by being informational and interesting. I kept putting off reviewing this show hoping it would get better with each episode that was released. However I have listened to all the episodes and not only do I plan on avoiding season 2, I wish I had the time I invested into season 1 back.   

Ok so here on PodApplaud I rate shows on a 1-5 scale, 1 is silence, 2 is a slow clap, 3 is applause, 4 is a round of applause, and 5 of course is a standing ovation! I’d give Works For Me a ⅖ It’s not terrible, if you absolutely want to improve in some of the topics featured in the show,  listening to hosts make a go at it might be the push you need. Otherwise I think you could google any of these issues and start working on them quickly enough. I’d not really recommend this podcast to anyone, but if your interested, go ahead take a look at the episode titles, see if any resonate, and give it a listen I guess.

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