Join Arianna Huffington for an in-depth discussion in this video Bringing your whole self to work, part of Thriving @ Work: Leveraging the Connection between Well-Being and Productivity.
- Well there's two components to being yourself or being safe at work. One is the environment you're in. So it would be great to have the idea that everybody would feel the freedom to go in and be themselves in every environment, but I always talk about you know, leadership has to create that environment. So psychological safety is not complicated. You can easily create an environment of safety if people know that they have the freedom to be themselves.
How does that, what does that look like? Well, you give people an opportunity to express, you don't make their expression right or wrong, you go great. At some point people realize I'm free to express. That's one part of it. But secondly, you can be yourself if you're willing to risk whatever comes with that. So for example if I don't care whether I'm allowed to work here or not, I'm going to be me. I'm going to have a lot more freedom than I have a lot of attachment to working at this job.
So one of the things we will tell people as they start looking at how do they want to be in relationship to work, is to ask themselves what's their intention in this role. And when people have a clarity around intention, like I want to bring my best self to work everyday and I'm not attached, I don't have to be approved of. I don't have to be given appreciation. I don't have to be given even a green light. I'm willing to just bring what I have to the table and I'm also willing to be told that didn't work, and that's fine, I have a neutrality about it.
You'll see that people then have much more safety. But that safety has to be created internally. And understanding that gives you much more clarity. When you're externally focused like what do they want from me everyday? It's a very different experience when you ask yourself when you wake up in the morning, what kind of day do I want to have? What do I want to bring to the table? You start building internal safety versus necessarily needing external safety.
- The importance of well-being
- Bringing your whole self to work
- Knowing your boundaries and limitations
- Investing in your relationships
- Working towards your strengths
- Knowing when to say no
- Holding yourself accountable to change