Working With Feelings: Caring for Your Employees Through Cultural Humility and Emotional Fluency

Working With Feelings: Caring for Your Employees Through Cultural Humility and Emotional Fluency

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Written by
Isidora Torres
ILLUSTRATED by
Bria Benjamin

Today we have unprecedented access to information about social shifts and global events and most of the headlines are dominated by news of the worst sort: global pandemics, mass shootings, the stripping of basic civil liberties, economic downturns, and more. On top of that, we also deal with personal issues all the time–break-ups, trauma, loss, and job insecurity, to name a few. And yet, now more than ever, work is taking up a greater part of our lives. Not only do we need to work, we need to work with others harmoniously; however, so few of us have taken the time to truly understand the different ways in which our coworkers handle and process the emotional rollercoaster that is life.


Isidora Torres, a career Ops & Culture leader, gives us a guide to navigating challenging emotions at work with her debut book, Working With Feelings. Working With Feelings is a creatively structured handbook that teaches you to both understand how our cultural backgrounds and social standings impact our ability to recognize, process, and acknowledge emotions and how to harness this knowledge to create an emotionally fluent and safe work environment for your team. Using interviews with experts and everyday employees Torres prompts you to increase your own cultural awareness and competency while enabling you to engage in meaningful conversations and create a more productive, psychologically and emotionally safe, and human work culture.

"Essential reading for everyone: managers, peers, executives. We all have lots to learn from this book."

—Early Parea Reader

"It's the only book that matters right now."

—Early Parea Reader

"A much needed lesson in empathy and compassion that sparks collective thought and conversation."

—Early Parea Reader

Isidora Torres
Written by
Isidora Torres
Isidora Torres is a people and culture consultant and has spent the last decade in ad agencies and early-stage startups, helping companies develop and build equitable and caring company cultures. A daughter of Filipino immigrants, she's constantly learning about the nexus of identity and is currently pursuing her Master's in Counseling. When she's not working, she's probably buried in a book or making someone in her life laugh. She is based in Brooklyn, NY.
Bria Benjamin
ILLUSTRATED by
Bria Benjamin
My name is Bria. I'm a self-taught designer and illustrator from Texas, currently based in Brooklyn. In my life and in my work, I am most interested in exploring beauty, Blackness, and the politics of both. You can find more of my work at briabenjamin.com.

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