The world of work is lonelier than ever.

Cigna recently released its workplace loneliness report, and many of us are starving for connection at work.

But just because you need friends at work doesn’t mean that the people around you are good candidates. In this bonus episode, one of my mentees asked for advice on handling a jerk at work—especially when that jerk was a friend. What do you do when someone is unkind to you? What’s the appropriate response? Why does work feel so lonely? In this short episode, I share direct and candid advice about managing “friendships” at work that have gone sour and coming through the other side with your dignity and spirits intact.

When work is all you have, it always breaks your heart.

Go find some friends, my friends!