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You’ve seen the recent push in Silicon Valley to make the work experience less about the humans who work for the company – and more about the company itself.
Sure, I’ll give you professionalism in the workplace.
But when you ignore the humanity and individuality in your workforce, we all lose.
Here’s my response:
Embrace the “bring your whole self” philosophy. Encourage your employees to participate in your mission while expressing their own interests and individuality.
Do they have to be mutually exclusive?
Limiting your employees’ individuality is what many are after. Just take it from Brian Armstrong of Coinbase.
Here are the consequences of actions like Brian’s:
So who wants to work for a company that doesn’t allow you to be who you are? Not me. So add on hiring challenges too.
So you’re thinking about coming to the light side. Here are some of the benefits of encouraging your employees to be themselves:
Open dialogue — A culture that welcomes a wide range of opinions will see greater collaboration and teamwork. And you know what that means. More engaged, driven employees.
Like I said earlier, no one wants to work in such a negative environment. Attract and retain the best talent in your industry by celebrating and supporting your employees – in their professional and personal endeavors.
Now that’s leadership.
Of course, this is a spectrum. On one side you have Jason Fried of Basecamp. And on the other you have me 🤗
But there’s a happy medium.
The key is to find the right balance between a culture of individuality vs. mission-focused.
Friends in the C-suite, I understand your decision. I sit in the same seat as you.
Consider the value of embracing a “Bring Your Whole Self” approach. Reevaluate your current policies and practices. Ask yourself if you truly support the well-being, creativity and growth of your people.
Because after all, they’re people – not robots******.******
CEO, Collabo XD