Work is the number one place we make friendships as adults, according to Shasta Nelson. So why not focus on friendships where we are most of the time? Well, Shasta is back on the podcast this week to talk about this topic, one she is an expert in, friendships.

Her newest book is all about friendships at work. And, this is definitely an interesting time for workplace friendships, with many working from home or working in the office but with socially distant restrictions. We can all use a little help with our relationships whether they are our personal relationships or friendships at work. I am happy to share our conversation with you.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • The three things needed in a healthy relationship: consistency, vulnerability, and positivity. (5:43)
  • Why having a best friend at work improves employee experience and organizational success. (9:31)
  • How to handle the coworker friend who sucks the energy out of you and how to reduce the impact of their toxicity.  (12:04)
  • #RelationshipGoals at work – do you have to be friends with everyone? (13:42)
  • Workplace boundaries and your responsibility around them. (18:17)
  • What to do or say when you are working with someone who indulges in office gossip. (21:33)
  • Leveraging your former professional friendships to help you during a job search. (27:47)

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Shasta’s website
The Business of Friendship: Making the Most of the Relationships Where We Spend Most of Our Time 
Episode 107: Creating Frientimacy with Shasta Nelson
Cigna Study Men Lonelier than Women

Shasta Nelson, M.Div., is a keynote speaker, author, and leading expert on friendship and healthy relationships at work. Filled with scientific data, real-world research, and fascinating case studies, Nelson’s programs reveal how healthy relationships at work directly impact employee engagement, team culture, sales, recruiting, and retention. She also teaches strategies for healthiest friendships, contributing to individual happiness and well-being.

Frequently featured in the media as a popular resource on healthy relationships and the increasing epidemic of loneliness, Shasta has been interviewed live on several television shows including Katie Couric’s Katie, Fox Business, The Early Show, The Today Show, and The Steve Harvey Show. She has also been featured in countless national magazines like Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, and Health; and interviewed for prominent newspapers like The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times. She was also selected by Facebook to be their media spokesperson and friendship expert for Friends Day 2018.

Nelson’s new book The Business of Friendship: Making the Most of the Relationships Where We Spend Most of Our Time will be published by HarperCollins Leadership in the summer of
She previously published Friendships Don’t Just Happen, on how to make new friends as an adult, and Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness, which teaches us how to strengthen and repair the friendships that matter most. Her Three Relationship Requirements have been featured in her popular TEDx talk and are widely praised for helping break down relationships in ways everyone understands.

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