bring your whole self to
work fully show up ourselves
to be truly seen
According to an article I just read, the latest trend in Human Resources — say that out loud and ask yourself what exactly was wrong with the term, personnel — anyway … the latest trend in HR is Bring Your Whole Self to Work which means being able “to fully show up” and “allow ourselves to be truly seen” in the workplace because it’s “essential” to create a work environment “where people feel safe enough to bring all of who they are to work.”
Thankfully the article, Do Not Bring Your ‘Whole Self’ to Work, a New York Times Opinion piece by Pamela Paul, rejects the concept.
As I understand, the point is to get people excited about being back in a common workplace about almost 3 years of covid and working from home.
Ms. Paul writes, ‘But “bringing your whole self to work” is a cheap benefit — easier for employers to provide than, say, a raise — and one vague enough to be largely meaningless.
Nor is it available to the majority of the American work force.
Nobody is asking a line worker or customer service representative to add more personal vulnerability to the enterprise.
For most gainfully employed people, it’s not work’s job to provide self-fulfillment or self-actualization.
It’s to put food on the table.’
You have to love vague enough to be largely meaningless.
It a way it was almost comforting to learn that after almost 3 years of covid, HR has not moved away from Office Space or Dilbert/
I am human.
I am a resource.
Should be good enough.