Who’s That Sitting at My Desk?

Jan Yager, Ph.D.cover-whosthatsittingatmydesk-11-2012

ISBN 978-1-889262-94-9 hardcover $29.95
ISBN 978-1-938998-08-9 paperback $19.95
ISBN 978-1-938998-63-8 ePub $9.99 (also Mobi)

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Foreign editions

Dutch; Chinese; India


Building on two decades of original research into workplace issues and friendship patterns, and based on an international survey of 400 men and women and over 100 interviews, sociologist Dr. Jan Yager offers insights into how to succeed by mastering workplace relationships. Yager discovered a relationship unique to the workplace and business that she calls it a workship–more connected than an acquaintance but not as intimate as a friendship. Workships, especially positive ones, help work and business to be more productive and even more fun and are the “safest” and least complicated work connections.


“Anyone seeking to improve workplace relationships will benefit from reading this book.”—Leonard F. Charla, ForeWord Reviews

“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


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

About the author

Jan Yager, Ph.D. is a sociologist and the award-winning author of 35+ nonfiction and fiction titles translated into 30+ languages.

Book Details

254 pages
Copyright © 2004 (hardcover) and © 2012 (paperback and e-book)