Reflections on 2017 & creating kinder better work cultures


As with the end on 2016, this is a short podcast (18:58) where I reflect on the year that has been. (Does this make it a tradition now?) I also add my call to increasing compassion and kindness in the workplace and discuss the benefits of doing this and various options for how to play it out.

I would also love to hear your feedback and  ideas for what and who you want to hear about in future podcasts:

            Email: gerifitz at  or Twitter: @ChangeAcadLife

Wishing all of us a balanced, authentic, vibrant, joy-filled academic life for 2018, whatever that may mean for each of us!

Related links:

Kylie Ball's blogpost on making kindness the next academic disruption:

Book: ‘Awakening compassion at work’ by Monika Worline and Jane Dutton:

Compassionate management:

Random Acts of Kindness:

Chancellor et al, 2016. The propagation of everyday prosociality in the workplace.; Chancellor et al 2017.

TedX TU Wien "The craziness of research funding. It costs us all":