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Co-Worked: The Good, Bad & Ambivalent of the Office Bestie

An illustration of an office. There's a man wearing a mask sitting at a computer behind a cubicle wall looking up to a man standing with his arms on the cubicle wall. The man who is standing is smiling and talking to the man behind the desk, who also appears to be smiling under his mask. The word "Co-Worked" is in the upper-left corner.
Charnel Hunter
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Anita wouldn't have made it through her 20s without her work friends. But now that she's a manager and working in a hybrid office, she's noticed that work friendships don't come as easily as they used to. A psychologist answers her burning workplace relationship questions and dives into the surprising amount of data about work besties. Plus, a Gen Z writer urges her to re-think the importance of work as a primary social hub.

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Kaia Findlay is a producer for Embodied, WUNC's weekly, live talk show on health, sex and relationships. Kaia first joined the WUNC team in 2020 as a producer for The State of Things.
Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.