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Exploring and discussing a variety of relationship topics and issues for people in all kinds of relationships; including partnerships, family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, roommates and more.

Mar 3, 2020

Thomas Doochin is the CEO of Daymaker, an organization that helps employees cultivate a deeper connection with their community, team, and themselves through the intentional acts of giving and service. Daymaker helps people realize and foster their intrinsic goodness and generosity by helping employees and their companies connect with under-resourced communities. Through this experience of generosity and service, Daymaker aims to bring givers and the people they serve closer, and inspire them to explore the feeling of aliveness and connection.

Thomas joins me again today to discuss forming relationships with our colleagues in a work environment. We share our personal experiences of forming deep friendships with colleagues and bosses and discuss how it could be challenging to bring in our humanness and develop meaningful connections in the workplace. We describe how differences in age, experience, and hierarchy can prevent an employee from being their authentic selves. We also discuss how good workplace relationships can transform the working environment as well as explain why it is difficult to bring our relational skills into the workplace.


“There is an opportunity each day in our workplaces to be simply aware of how we are reacting to those who are around us.” - Thomas Doochin


This week on Relationships! Let’s Talk About It:

  • The challenges of bringing our humanness to the workplace
  • The accidental nature of a work environment
  • How our personal values and desire for workplace productivity can be misaligned
  • How hierarchy and age difference can impede workplace relationships
  • Overcoming the barriers between management and employees
  • What our work colleagues can teach us
  • Why it’s difficult to bring social and relational skills to the workplace
  • How our social and relational skills can transform our work environment
  • The importance of finding and upholding common values with the people we work with
  • The value of bringing space in workplace relationships


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Theme music “These Streets” provided by Adi the Monk