Authenticity is a huge buzzword in today’s workplace. Leaders are encouraged to be more authentic by being more vulnerable and transparent. Employees want to be able to bring their full true selves to work. But what does it really mean to be authentic? According to Webster's, Authenticity is about “being true to one’s own spirit or character.” But does that mean that we are the exact same person in every situation? How much authenticity is too much? What if being authentic feels risky? In this episode, Mary and Chris tackle what it means to be true to yourself at work.
Sunshine and Lollipops in Your Dreams is frustrated by their phony, two-faced boss. The boss is a jerk to his employees. But when the boss’ boss is around, the phony jerk turns into sudden sweetness and light. Is there any way they can “out” the inauthentic boss?
Who am I to Judge loves his job at a religious charitable organization. The problem? He’s afraid to let his co-workers know that he is gay. How can he be authentic when he is hiding a major aspect of who he is? He feels like a fraud. How can he reconcile working there and still being true to himself?
Free to Me in Denver fears she can’t be her authentic self when she returns to the physical office. Not only is she the only woman in a team of male engineers, but she also is the only Asian American. Working from home was comfortable since she didn’t have to think about these differences—so how does she bring her full self to work when she worries she will be judged for being different?
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