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ABDUL MOMIN
May 11, 2022
In INTRODUCE YOURSELVES
Research has shown tremendous benefits to authenticity in the workplace, both for individuals and for organizations at-large. For instance, Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership's 2021 Leadership Development Survey found people who behaved authentically at work felt more confident, more deeply engaged, and happier. Additionally, respondents said being authentic enabled them Cork Ladies Bicycles Zone to build stronger coworker relationships, and roughly half even said authenticity made them "more able to do their best work" in the office. Authenticity in the workplace can't happen without psychological safety, but it's a critical component for happy, healthy employees. Additionally, it's simply a good business practice to foster authenticity in the workplace, since people who feel they can bring their full selves to work ultimately connect more deeply and fully with their team — leading to lower turnover rates and higher engagement. As Lamoureux puts it: Our personalities, experiences, likes and dislikes, and goals and aspirations all join together to form the person who shows up for work every day anyway. "Bringing our whole selves to work creates a much richer, more authentic product for everyone involved. Allowing people to bring their whole selves to work creates a more authentic, happier work life." quote from credly vp on authenticity workplace So — what does authenticity look like in practice? Lamoureux told me, "I don't have a dedicated office space in my home, but I usually set up shop at the dining room table where I have a tidy background for video calls. When I'm chatting with my team, I'll move to my couch to snuggle with my pup. Our CEO often encourages us to turn our cameras off and walk around during calls to avoid Zoom-fatigue. Knowing that I'm not always expected to be on-camera allows me flexibility to tend to laundry while I participate in a meeting."
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