A therapist helps solve people’s professional issues on the unscripted podcast, “How’s Work? with Esther Perel.” On episodes, business owners, colleagues, and more seek guidance in one-time group therapy sessions with Esther, facilitating necessary yet uncomfortable conversations at work. Hear about connecting, workplace dynamics, conflict-resolution recommendations, navigating secrets, how to foster water-cooler moments when you work from home, and more.
“How’s Work? with Esther Perel” has released over 20 episodes, with an average run time of an hour long. Start in any order, since the episodes focus on one work issue, industry, or structure per episode. For guests’ confidentiality, particulars such as names and locations have been changed to respect all parties involved.
This series was Dax’s pick on a recent episode of Podsauce. Dax is a fan of Esther’s relationship podcast, “Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel.” Esther’s podcasts were recommended by Podsauce guest Sidney O’Reilly from “We Regret to Inform You: The Rejection Podcast.” Dax listened to the “Breaking News Has Broken Us” episode featuring a newsroom’s staff feeling lost, isolated, and exhausted with the world’s stressors and remote work life since the pandemic hit.
In 2020, Esther’s episodes began helping workers in many industries. Esther chatted with a son who works for his mom’s real estate business, leaders starting over after getting laid off from their creative jobs, and former college friends turned communications firm partners who don’t talk as much as they used to. We heard about sex workers shifting career paths and an unhappy worker seeking advice on how to leave her job of over 20 years. In another episode, a couple co-owns a winery and restaurant, and worry about their business’ future now that they have filed for divorce.
A hairdresser wonders how to strike more balance on the job that was explained as feeling like a salesperson and a therapist. During the pandemic, a couple spoke with Esther about their jobs: a doctor wanting to leave the field and a government worker who cannot discuss the classified nature of her schedule.
Two racial equality lobbyists spoke with Esther about factors leading to their split, including money, race, gender, and sexual harassment. A promotion created tension between two close friends, and Esther helped them decide if one should leave the job to protect their friendship. An artist maintains a personal and professional rapport with her gallerist, but what happened when jealousy reared its head when a new artist joined the gallery. Hear about two fashion models scouted as teens. One is trying to leave the industry, and the other is fighting for gigs.
Esther is also a New York Times best-selling author who penned books on relationships. She has released Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence and The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity. Esther’s renowned TED Talks topics include “The routines, rituals, and boundaries we need in stressful times,” which could be great listens for fans of her podcasts.
Tune into “How’s Work? with Esther Perel” wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. This series is brought to you by Esther Perel Global Media & Gimlet.