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Approaching Emotional Conversations in the Workplace

Approaching Emotional Conversations in the Workplace

Most of us go through things in life that we almost always rarely share with our workmates and often just opt to fake a smile and say "I'm fine" in order to avoid talking about the subject.

However, the first step to increasing job satisfaction and supporting our mental health we have to open up. Vulnerability is scary, but being able to talk about something that matters to you will most certainly lift a burden off of our shoulders.

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  • "I can see why this is exhausting" or "I believe you" — words of validation during a difficult time can bring comfort
  • "Tell me more about that" — shows that we seek to understand, we care, and that we want to learn more so we can try to do more for them
  • "How can I best...

When we check up on our colleague and ask how we're doing, how sincere are we when asking? It's likely that we do care with a certain percentage but not 100%.

  • “What do you have to be sad about?” or “You shouldn’t be sad, you have an excellent job/family/etc.” — This is dismissive phrasing
  • “Everyone feels like that sometimes” to “There’s nothing to worry about.” — This is minimization
  • “Hey, it could be worse!” or “That...

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