Has there ever been a better time to decide what our lives should look like? We are emerging from a once-in-a-century cataclysm where our lives were upended, our communities remade and our priorities readjusted. Now as the call to return to “normal” grows more insistent, we get to ask the question: what does “normal” look like? Did the old normal serve me? What do I want my new normal to be? And what will that mean for my career, my community, and my family? These are the fundamental questions to building our lives – and now, rebuilding them. As a therapist and coach, Shoshanna Hecht has been wrestling with these very questions in her practice – and now, on this podcast. With guests from all walks of life including media, culture, politics, tech, business & activism, Shoshanna examines the overlap of our goals, relationships, boundaries and priorities, and how we can navigate them all with self-awareness and intention. What do we want our lives to look like? Welcome to Your New Life Blend.
Is your workplace toxic? Benish Shah is an in-demand lawyer and marketing executive, used to ambitious projects with punishing timelines, and she didn’t mind hard work. But in the wake of the pandemic, she started to question not just the work, but the workplaces. Was her work making the world a better place? And were her workplaces measuring up to that same standard?
Benish had noticed a pattern in workplace culture: big talk about diversity and inclusion, but little actual follow through for the employees who took the risk of showing up at work with their full selves. As a marketer, Benish recognized the pitch: Big talk about doing great work that’s valued. As a veteran of some of those workplaces, she recognized the con: gaslighting, HR doublespeak and a playing field that was never meant to be even.
In this episode of “Your New Life Blend,” host Shoshanna Hecht talks to Benish about how to recognize toxic workplaces, and what tools we can use to navigate them with open eyes, or get out.