Being Well Podcast: Emotions in the Workplace
December 9, 2019

On this podcast we’ve mostly explored what we can do as individuals to grow the strengths we need to become ever more internally resourced, so we’re able to overcome the often-challenging external circumstances that life often throws at us.

The modern workplace can be an emotional minefield. Many people feel that they’re expected to walk a delicate tightrope between being open, personable, and seemingly emotionally authentic…but without “oversharing,” or being a bit “too sensitive,” or otherwise allowing the very real emotional ups and downs that affect all of us to creep into the meeting room.

 And the ways that the workplace has changed due to technology have only blurred the lines between the personal and the professional even more.

For most of us, about a third of our lives will be spent at work. Learning how to work with and manage our internal lives, including our emotions, in that setting is a huge part of the task of becoming a reasonably healthy, emotional intelligent human. 

To help us do just that, today I’m joined by Liz Fosslien. Liz is the Head of Content and Editorial at Humu, a company that uses behavioral science to make work better, and the co-author and illustrator of the thoroughly wonderful Wall Street Journal best-seller No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work.

Some of the topics we explore include:

  • How to effectively take time away from work.
  • Why passion may not be your friend.
  • How to establish healthy boundaries.
  • The importance of saying no. 

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  • 01:52: Why focus on emotions in the workplace?
  • 06:12: Why you should be less passionate about work.
  • 12:10: Shifting workplace culture.
  • 15:48: Establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries.
  • 22:32: Useful and not-useful emotions.
  • 25:54: The importance of “psychological safety.”
  • 31:45: Managing unusual power dynamics.
  • 38:31: What is “forced positivity,” and is it problematic?
  • 42:20: A message to her younger self.

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