All the relational habits you built in life don’t immediately disappear the moment you walk in the office door. In the new podcast, How’s Work?, iconic couples therapist Esther Perel brings new perspective to the invisible forces that shape workplace connections, conflict and dynamics through one-time therapy sessions with coworkers, cofounders and colleagues -- touching every work environment from start-ups and family businesses to corporations and service industries.
Introducing: Couples Under Lockdown
Today we’re sharing an episode from Where Should We Begin? With Esther Perel. In this special series of the show, Esther connects with couples under lockdown around the world.
Separated at Home But Still Together at Work
Husband and wife who are co-owners of a winery and restaurant. He loves the colleague that she is at work, but he likes less the wife she is at home. As their marriage ends, they wonder if the future of their business depends on the future of their marriage.
The Boss, The Client, and the Hairdresser
They’ve been hairdressers for many years in a job that feels like a cross between salesperson and therapist. They vie for new clients and commissions while absorbing the anxieties, frustrations, and burdens of their regulars. How they each handle this balance is a study in contrasts.
Stuck in a Job, for Years
She’s been unhappy at her job for more than 20 years and doesn't know how to leave. Her sister, a successful entrepreneur, wants to help, but this only makes her feel less-than. Family tensions and resentments, both at home and at the office, keep her frozen in place. Esther walks the sisters through an exit plan.
From Bartender to Business Partner
She owns a successful restaurant. He was her bar manager for six years. Now they’re going into business together as co-owners of a taqueria. They turn to Esther for guidance on how to transition from employer-employee to partners in a new venture. But they walk away with a deeper understanding of the ways their different cultural backgrounds and previous working relationships influence their partnership.
Special Episode: Esther and Adam Grant of WorkLife
In this special episode — recorded in front of a live audience — Esther and Adam explore the dynamics of trust, power, and people-pleasing.