Do you hide your true personality at work?
Find a Conversation
|Fri, 09-27-2013 - 2:41pm|
I thought this was a very interesting article from the Huffington Post, it's about research that was done on how being your true self can affect your overall work satisfaction:
The study maintains that while diversity programs will still need to focus on promoting participation of women and ethnic minorities at executive levels in organizations, now organizations have a new opportunity to harness a more nuanced kind of diversity. This form of diversity "acknowledges and appreciates the potential promise of each person's unique perspective and different way of thinking."
The idea behind diversity of thought is that we each have unique ways of thinking and solving problems, yet most organizations don't take this into account. Instead of matching people with teams and jobs that best suit their own way of processing information, "groupthink" is encouraged to maintain the status quo.
Deloitte's study suggests that organizations should instead foster a work environment "where all feel comfortable sharing their views and their authentic selves." They can do so by hiring differently by selecting a "cognitively diverse" organization, managing differently to encourage "task-focused conflict" rather than consensus, and promoting differently to foster a culture of inclusion and innovation.
I think it's important that you can be, for the most part, your true self at work. It's hard to maintain a facade throughout your workday, and who you really are can bring a new perspective to the environment.
What do you think?