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 workhuman.com for additional locations and dates throughout the year). 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 and process on 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?
- Online at WorkHumanCommunity.com.
- At an upcoming Regional Forum event (August 9 in San Francisco with more cities being added this Fall) – Information and registration available at WorkHuman.com.
- At the main event in Phoenix, Arizona, May 30-June 1, 2017. (see WorkHuman.com for details)
How does your organization WorkHuman today? What are your priorities for making your workplace more human?