Who's That Sitting at My Desk?

Who's That Sitting at My Desk?

by PhD Jan Yager


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Building on two decades of original research into workplace issues and friendship patterns, sociologist and consultant Dr. Jan Yager offers insights into how to succeed by mastering workplace relationships. Based on an international survey of 400 men and women and over 100 interviews, Yager discovered a relationship unique to the workplace and business. She calls it a workship--more connected than an acquaintance but not as intimate as a friendship. However, workships, especially positive ones, help work to be more productive and more fun and are the "safest" and least complicated connections at work and in business.

Reviews and endorsements:
"Solid advice about how to get along and make friends at work, as well as many relevant quotes and stories from people describing their own experiences with their co-workers, make Who's That Sitting at My Desk? a useful guidebook to creating more productive work relationships."

-Soundview Executive Book Summaries

"Anyone seeking to improve workplace relationships will benefit from reading this book."

-ForeWord Reviews magazine

"A terrific and enlightening guide to understanding the various types of relationships that exist in the workplace and the ways your career can benefit from them."

-Josh Piven, bestselling author, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Work

About the Author:
Jan Yager is the author of 32 award-winning books, translated into more than 30 languages, including: Business Protocol; Grow Global; The Fast Track Guide to Speaking in Public; Productive Relationships; Effective Business and Nonfiction Writing; Work Less, Do More (2nd edition); When Friendship Hurts; and Friendshifts, among other titles. For more on this coach, speaker, and author, go to: www.drjanyager.com

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938998089
Publisher: Hannacroix Creek Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/02/2012
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

1 Who's That Sitting at My Desk? An Introduction
2 Types of Workplace Relationships
3 How to Start, and Maintain, a Workship
4 Four Key Positive Workships
5 From Workship to Friendship
6 Power Workships/Friendships and Cultural Concerns
7 Opposite-Sex Considerations
8 Dealing with Conflicts
9 Coping with Endings
10 14 Types of Foes You Might Encounter
11 How Workships and Friendships Help or Hinder Getting a Job or Growing a Business
12 Working from Home or Alone
13 Workplace Relationships Begin at Home
14 School as a Training Ground for Work Relationships
15 Personality Traits You May Find at Work
16 30 Insights on Workplace Relationships
17 Summing Up
Selected Bibliography
Resources including Websites
About the Author

What People are Saying About This

Don Gabor

Praise for Yager's new book: "Jan Yager's Who's That Sitting at My Desk? is the best researched and most useful book on getting along with friends and foes at work I've ever read. Don't go to work without it!

Josh Piven

A terrific and enlightening guide to understanding the various types of relationships that exist in the workplace and the ways your career can benefit from them. (, author, "The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Work")

Nella Barkley

In Who's That Sitting at My Desk? Jan Yager offers an invaluable guide for maintaining your workplace relationships in a genuinely rewarding and balanced manner. Bravo! (President, Crystal-Barkley Corporation)

Carl Sanger

This book is destined to become a classic. If you are involved with any form of business, small or large, if you own your own business or are an employee, you will find gold in these pages. (, principal, Serenity Wealth Management, LLC)

Jane Pollak

Jan Yager has explored an arena, workplace relationships, and redefined it by clarifying it in a refreshing and eye-opening way. While reading Who's That Sitting at My Desk? I kept thinking, 'Aha, now I see. (Soul Proprietor, past president, Entrepreneurial Women's Network)

Laurence J. Stybel

A good read, full of great examples. Use this book as a reference for managing your critical relationships through the journey of life called your career. Keep it permanently in your business library. (Stybel Peabody Lincolnshire)

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