Author: Mike Scaletti
At The Job Shop we treat every candidate as unique, individual, and one-of-a-kind, because you are! We want you to be your true, authentic self, and we want to find you a position in which you can be that self.
By being true to yourself at work, your colleagues are more likely to do the same. A workplace where everyone is authentic is more enjoyable and productive.
However, being authentic can be challenging, especially if you're not sure how to go about it. You might worry that certain aspects of your personality or behavior could rub people the wrong way.
To help you demonstrate authenticity and make a positive impact at work, here are five tips:
Share something personal.
Your personal life doesn't have to be left at the office door. Remember that your colleagues are multifaceted individuals with outside responsibilities too. So, if you're running a bit late due to dropping your daughter off at school, let your colleagues know. This can foster human connections and encourage others to do the same.
Express your emotions.
If a recent event is making you feel down or hopeless, it's okay to share how you feel with your colleagues. This can help nurture team connectivity and provide an outlet for others to express their feelings.
Ask the questions you need answers to.
Don't be afraid to ask questions to obtain information necessary to perform your job well. If you don't understand something, communicate and ask for clarification. Remember to be factual and not emotional or defensive when asking questions.
Give constructive feedback.
Use negative situations as an opportunity to give constructive feedback. Highlight the strengths of a work proposal and suggest alternatives to parts that could be improved. This can help everyone grow and improve.
Establishing boundaries is essential. If someone asks you to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable, speak up and state your concerns. This can encourage others to do the same and foster a more authentic and productive workplace.
By being authentic, you can achieve better results and feel more satisfaction at work. So, try opening up and being true to yourself!