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From Small Talk to Deep Connections: A Q&A with Dr. Sara Kuburic

Dr. Sara Kuburic, widely known as “@millennial.therapist” on Instagram, is an existential psychotherapist and author of the bestselling book It’s On Me. With a deep passion for helping individuals live free, responsible, meaningful, and authentic lives, she has dedicated 14 years to studying psychology and the human experience.

We recently had the priveledge to work with Dr. Kuburic on a new online course, How to Build Strong Relationships at Work. In this course, Dr. Kuburic (with a little help from Simon) dives into what makes work relationships successful, how to foster those relationships into healthy and thriving connections, and how to maintain that deeper connection as a team.

In this short conversation with us at The Optimism Company, she reveals more about the importance of building strong connections at work.

Why should people prioritize work relationships? Is it truly important?

Building strong relationships at work not only makes our job easier but also adds meaning to the time we spend there. Considering we spend roughly forty hours a week at work, these relationships have a significant impact on our mental health and overall outlook on life.

How can people overcome social anxiety or shyness to foster meaningful connections at work?

Overcoming social anxiety or shyness doesn’t require being an extrovert; it simply requires intentionality. Start with small steps, such as asking someone about their weekend or sharing some personal information. Offer assistance to someone who appears overwhelmed. Remember, building connections doesn’t necessarily mean going out for drinks after work or inviting colleagues to social events.

Are there communication techniques or exercises you recommend for improving relationships at work?

Avoid assuming you know what someone is thinking, feeling, or needing. Instead, ask them directly. Additionally, remember that how you communicate is just as important as what you communicate.

What advice do you have for those who struggle to invest time and energy into building connections at work?

If finding a balance is challenging, ensure that your life outside of work is fulfilling and interesting. Otherwise, you may find yourself overly focused on work as a means of escaping what you may feel to be an unfulfilling existence. It’s important to recognize that investing time and energy into building connections at work is part of your job. While skill is crucial in most professions, networking and relationship-building are equally essential for career progression.

 

If you found any tips in this conversation insightful and want to learn more, check out Dr. Kuburic’s online course, How to Build Strong Relationships at Work.

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