Can You Be Your Authentic Self at Work (and what to look out for to make sure you can!)?
“Bring your whole self to work!” We’ve all read it in job postings and heard it from companies eager to display their diverse and accepting work culture. But what does it even mean (and is it even truly possible)?
It’s perfectly natural, as humans who require acceptance and connection to survive, to mask some of who we are when we start a new job. We are feeling out the environment, getting to know our colleagues, and testing the water of how much of our authentic selves we can reveal, and when is the right time. Today, with remote or hybrid work environments becoming more the norm than the exception, we are having to take greater leaps of faith when we join a new company. We must get a sense of our teams and the company’s values and culture, sometimes without ever shaking a colleague’s hand. So, what are those things that signal to us that we can ‘bring our whole selves to work’?
Finding a company where you feel safe enough to be the best version of yourself is no easy task. It requires finding out what that means for you, and looking for those things in a company before you take the leap. At Simple Technology Solutions, we want you to bring your whole self to work. It’s not just your AWS Cloud Practitioner Certification that caught our attention - we value the things that your life experiences and personal life have made you into the person you are. And we are better and stronger for you being you, with us.
Deputy Director, People Team & Culture, STS