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Who's That Sitting at My Desk?: Workship, Friendship, or Foe?

Jan Yager

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ISBN 10: 1889262943 / ISBN 13: 9781889262949
Published by Hannacroix Creek Books, 2004
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Title: Who's That Sitting at My Desk?: Workship, ...

Publisher: Hannacroix Creek Books

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

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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 friend. Workships, especially positive ones, help work to be more productive and more fun. Yager is also the author of Business Protocol, When Friendship Hurts, and Friendshifts, translated into 10 languages, among other titles. Best-selling author Don Gabor, praising Yager's book, writes: "Who's That Sitting at My Desk? is the best researched and most useful book on getting along with friends and foes at work that I've ever read. Don't go to work without it!" Bibliography, resources, and index.

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Yager, an academic, sociologist, and workplace consultant, aims to dispel the myth that friendship at work is counterproductive, using results from 100 interviews both within and outside the U.S and 400 responses to her Internet survey. She coins the word workship, which she defines as the choices you make in the platonic relationships you form at work that can make or break your career or personal life. We learn about four important positive workships, which are mentor (teacher), advocate (cheerleader), trailblazer (peer who sets an example), and researcher (one who keeps you in the knowledge loop). Other important topics that the author addresses are opposite-sex considerations, dealing with conflicts, and 14 types of foes anyone could encounter, including information pirates, who take your ideas; begrudgers, whose behavior is malicious; and saboteurs, who provide misinformation, perhaps unknowingly. Although this book is clearly an infomercial for her consulting efforts, her insight into advancement and survival in the workplace is valuable for those engaged in our competitive business environment. Mary Whaley
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