Research into the phenomenon of 'covering' shows that you're actually less productive and effective at work if you're hiding aspects of who you are. Authenticity may feel risky, but it's actually better for your career to be yourself.
- When we talk about productivity,…almost always, it's about time management,…or delegation, or prioritization.…Those things are important for sure.…But today, let's step back for a minute.…Because it turns out, there's a overlooked way…to increase your productivity and your satisfaction at work.…Amazingly, it's being yourself.…Authenticity may feel risky,…but it's actually better for your career,…to be yourself.…At times, we've probably all felt like,…in order to succeed at work,…we need to concentrate on fitting in,…or tamping down certain aspects of ourselves.…
That's a pretty common feeling.…And as it turns out, a destructive one.…Sociologists use the term "covering"…to describe the phenomenon…when people play down certain aspects of themselves…in order to fit in.…That might be a mother…who tries not to talk about her kids at work,…so she'll seem like a more serious professional.…Or a gay person who doesn't keep a picture…of his partner on his desk,…even though he'd like to.…Or a member of a minority group,…who avoids mentioning his cultural heritage.…
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