Ever been to a cringey Zoom social hour at work, playing online trivia or doing awkward icebreakers with your colleagues? Sometimes virtual socializing at work is great. And sometimes... it feels like a waste of time. But in workplaces where IRL hangs aren’t possible, should we really skip socializing altogether?
Do you ever replay work interactions and wonder if they should have gone differently?
Each episode, two debaters share what they’ve found in research and with conversations with real people behind ways of working today.
Join host, Christine Dela Rosa, and a team of debaters – Maren Hotvedt, Deb Lao, Marshall Walker Lee, Eli Mishkin, Rani Shah, David Shaw, Dominique Ward, Shannon Winter, and Kelvin Yap – to challenge the status quo on the ways you think about or show up for work.
Does your calendar look like a game of Tetris, meetings on top of meetings from Monday to Friday? Or do you cringe when someone pops a meeting invite into the middle of your deep work afternoon? How would you feel if you had a whole day of your schedule totally cleared of meetings?
Are your work chats filled with emojis? Or are they all text, all-the-time? In this episode, we debate if emojis belong in workplace communication at all.
Maybe you call it a daily standup. Maybe it’s a daily huddle, or even a status meeting. But has your team stopped to ask if these daily meetings are really working for them?
Are you the type to send Slack messages around the clock? Or are you more likely to close your laptop for the day at 5 o'clock sharp? Today’s episode is all about setting boundaries with workplace communications — and it’s more complicated than you might think.
Does turning your camera on during video meetings fill you with dread? Or do you look forward to seeing your colleagues' faces on calls? Today, we debate whether teams should default to having cameras on or off in virtual meetings. Get ready to dig into the surprising impacts that cameras can have on creativity, engagement, and even career advancement.
Season three of Work Check is on its way! This season is all about debating the way your remote or hybrid team is collaborating, with questions about the best ways to Zoom, ping, Slack, and DM your teammates.
Meet the debate team
Christine Dela Rosa | HOST
Principal Strategist, Ways of Working
“Each of us has a unique set of lived experiences. So I like to think that all conversations are hot-takes.”
Lead UX Designer, Migrations
“If you want to be right, start by proving yourself wrong.”
Lead Designer, Brand
“Look Mom, I’m kinda sorta a lawyer!”
Marshall Walker Lee
Product & Content Strategy Lead
“He may have lacked Tony the Tiger’s rhetorical flair, but Toucan Sam was the more effective debater—IMHO.”
Jira Brand Lead
“The more you explain it, the more I don’t understand it.” – Mark Twain
Brand Marketing Manager, Trello
“I’m here because I thought the meeting was about rebates.”
Senior Software Engineer
“I came here to find out how wrong I am.”
Head of Design Ops
“Constantly questioning the thing-in-itself.”
Corporate Brand Lead
“I learned everything I need to know from Cher’s iconic ‘RSVP’ debate speech in Clueless.”
Senior Product Marketing Manager for DevOps
“A hotdog is a sandwich.”