• The Business of Friendship

  • Making the Most of Our Relationships Where We Spend Most of Our Time
  • By: Shasta Nelson
  • Narrated by: Shasta Nelson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It is virtually impossible to feel connected and supported in life when you don’t feel that way where you spend most of our time - at work.

In The Business of Friendship, friendship expert Shasta Nelson unpacks the distinct ways we can make work relationships the healthiest they can be, both for the sake of the employee and the mission of the company. She inspires listeners to see why friendship is crucial to our health and our careers, and teaches us exactly how to develop the supportive and meaningful connections we need.

Our organizations benefit as friendships at work result in higher levels of workplace productivity, employee retention, safety, innovation, collaboration, and profitability. In having a best friend at work, we are seven times more engaged in our job, which translates to better customer service, less absenteeism, fewer workplace accidents, and more loyalty to our organizations.

Through Shasta’s stories, research, and practical guidance, she: 

  • Breaks down what creates healthy bonds and reveals the three requirements necessary in all healthy relationships and teams
  • Helps managers and employees assess the health of their relationships and learn ways to repair and improve them
  • Provides advice for addressing some of the biggest fears around workplace friendships, such as increased drama, favoritism, confidentiality, gossip, toxic coworkers, relationship with bosses, and potential romantic attractions.

The Business of Friendship is for those who are ready to maximize the two most significant factors of our well-being - career and relationships. Whether you are a leader or an employee, when you feel more connected and supported at work, everyone wins.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Shasta Nelson (P)2020 HarperCollins Leadership

Critic Reviews

"Shasta is one of the leading voices in social health and in The Business of Friendship she not only inspires, but she gives us the practical strategy for how all of us can better show up at work and pursue healthier and more meaningful connections." —Aaron Kahlow, Founder of the Society for Social Health and Well-Being

"Shasta Nelson courageously tackles one of the most dynamic elements in business—friendships. The Business of Friendship provides great insights for organizational leaders and practitioners on one of the key elements of employee engagement and performance" —Jim Harter, PhD, Chief Scientist of Workplace Management and Well-Being at a global analytics organization

"Now we have a guidebook for workplace relationships that will motivate our employees and managers and teach them step-by-step how to foster the healthy relationships that will leave them more engaged." —Keith Ferrazzi, author of NYT bestseller Never Eat Alone

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Great book! Small mistake at the end.

Book was great overall - based on research, plenty of actionable insights. The last chapter - Advice for Managers - was unedited and I had to turn it off before finishing.

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interesting. the narrator must have got the

bonus chapter mixed up but it was nice to hear real world event and an extra human side to it all