by Lynette Silva
Why do we WorkHuman? Simple – how else could we possibly work? We are human, after all. And yet, our workplaces or work experiences often aren’t structured to honor, support or encourage the very humanity we bring to the office.
During the last two weeks, I’ve had the honor and privilege of hosting several WorkHuman Regional Forums across the United States (check out our 2017 WorkHuman Regional Forum schedule). The conversation and collaborative learning in these sessions has been enlightening in many ways.
Three recurring themes I’ve seen throughout the conversations in the three local WorkHuman communities to date are:
- Authenticity and vulnerability – As Amy Cuddy says, when we are comfortable being our true, authentic selves, we can also be more open and vulnerable with those around us. When we feel safe enough to be authentic, we can bring our whole human selves to work.
- Mindfulness and time to pause – Our days are often hectic, dashing between meetings, projects, and priorities. We need time to pause, reflect on and process what was just discussed, accomplished or requested. Building time into the day for short 5-minute reflection and mindful meditation breaks increases focus and productivity. One way to start is simply ending meetings 10 minutes early.
- Recognizing the whole human—There is much to celebrate in the people around us. Yet the focus of celebrations is often on the projects or outcomes, and not the humans that delivered the results. Recognizing the people behind the results is critical, as is celebrating the uniqueness each of us brings that creates a far more cohesive and successful whole.
How do we make work more human?
Answering that question is the responsibility of all of us – of any human who has worked, will work, or works today. We owe it to our fellow humans to contribute to a work environment that not only “pays the bills” but also brings us into closer community with others, fulfills our need for greater meaning and purpose from our contributions, and increases our sense of gratitude and appreciation.
How can you join the WorkHuman conversation?
- At an upcoming Regional Forum event (Information and registration)
- At the main event in Austin, TX, April 2-5, 2018 (see WorkHuman.com for details)
- Online at WorkHumanCommunity.com
How does your organization WorkHuman today? What are your priorities for making your workplace more human?
About Lynette Silva
Facts and stats run through Lynette Silva’s veins. She uses her wealth of data and knowledge to help customers build strong business cases for the power of thanks to increase employee engagement, retention, productivity, and performance. In her role as senior recognition strategist and consultant at Globoforce, she’s also a frequently requested speaker and session leader. Lynette holds a B.S. and M.S in History Education from Boston University.