[WARNING: This story contains spoilers from the SoCosmo episode]
In So Cosmo Episode 3, Joanna gives Michele, the new editor-in-chief, the rundown of the current staff members. They share a quick chat at the Hearst Building in a segment of the episode. The full staff is planning for the upcoming “Fun Fearless Money” event. This live event is a yearly occurrence for women to hear from panelists throughout the day. The talent for the day includes CEO’s from several successful businesses – Warby Parker, Spanx, Rent the Runway and Tinder to name a few.
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So Cosmo Episode 3: Relationship Lessons at Work
1…Get an understanding of what you’re walking into and who you’re working with.
As the new Editor-in-Chief begins at Cosmo, we see her take the time to get to know the staff members that Joanna discussed with her earlier in the episode. At a staff dinner, Michele enjoys conversation with Diandra, Tiffany and other members of the staff. Building a working relationship is important for new leadership.
Lesson Learned: Getting to know your coworkers [and direct reports] helps to make leadership transition less stressful and awkward.
It’s not uncommon for a new incoming EIC to clear house. It’s a bit like a new manager taking over a sports team. You want to bring in your key players. ~Joanna Coles
2…Be sure what you tell your work friends…stays with your work friends
It’s great to have friends at work and share your life with them. However, in this episode, Diandra learns that one of her coworkers has been talking about her flirtation with Evan behind her back. In her discussion with Relationship Contributor, Matthew Hussey, he mentions her attraction for the Fitness Contributor [Evan]. Diandra is shocked and immediately goes to find Tiffany for a chat.
photo courtesy of E! Network website
Lesson Learned: Be careful what you share and to whom you share it with [at work]. Confirm that your stories and experiences are confidential.
The fact that anyone is even discussing Evan and I is really a big issue. ~Diandra Barnwell
3…Relationships with coworkers – there’s levels to that
Diandra advises that there’s a line that you just can’t cross. Joanna Coles, explains to Diandra that it’s important to keep things professional. How often should you socialize with your coworkers outside of office hours? That depends. Dating coworkers can get messy and cause unneeded stress. Proceed with caution.Beware of these 3 Relationship Lessons at Work. #SoCosmo Episode 3 explains it all. Click To Tweet
In closing, the staff plans a party to celebrate Joanna Coles and her accomplishments. Coles is leaving Cosmo Magazine to be the Chief Content Officer for Hearst Corporation. The party, hosted by fashion designer Philipp Plein, was attended by the senior staff members of the magazine. Remember, it’s okay to celebrate the achievements of your coworkers.
What do you think? Were you aware of the relationship lessons from So Cosmo Episode 3? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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