Friday, June 23, 2017

5 Reasons to Be Yourself at Work - PAYSCALE

by GIna Belli
Originally published: June 21, 2017

Do you have a “work self” that’s more polished and calculated than your off-hours personality? If so, it might be time to rethink. While it’s important to maintain an awareness of appropriate professional boundaries, there’s also a lot to be said for authenticity. There are so many benefits to deciding to be yourself at work.

1. It helps to build trust.

It’s important to demonstrate trustworthiness in any industry. When someone is relaxed and being themselves, you can feel it. Being authentic at work helps to show others that you’re someone who can be trusted. And, it encourages others to be relaxed as well as honest and direct with you. When you have the courage to share your real thoughts, feelings, and ideas, others are more likely to respond in kind. Having open and straightforward communications with coworkers, clients, and bosses is important — and authenticity helps you get there, in a big way.