Today, we are going to talk about humanity in the workplace, a topic near and dear to our hearts and an on-going conversation among us here at Humanity-Works. We are all so busy and we have so much to get done and the pressure mounts. One of the things that can begin to happen is that we begin to see the people around us as roadblocks to what we need. People are not human beings but merely the function that they serve. We see them only as a yes or a no. An ally or an enemy. (There is a great book on this called Leadership and Self Deception by the Arbinger Institute, if you are interested in reading more about this.) Somewhere along the way, we have lost sight that humanity matters.
Our belief is that you have been hired to do a job and that you are successfully doing just that. There is no excuse for you not doing the job or work that you were hired to do. Rather our focus in the work that we do here is not about the what you are doing, but how you are doing it. Let’s face it most jobs entail you working with other people. This is where it gets complicated and often messy. Because, well, people are messy. Communication is messy. And, somewhere along the way, our focus on getting-shit-done has become inflated and the fact that we doing this with real-live-people has become grossly deflated. We value productivity over the people that make that possible. We want to change that. We want to give folks more skills and new ways of looking at how they are working with other people so they can be more human with one another.
The sooner we can begin to flip the dynamic that getting shit done is the only thing that matters and begin to understand that people are the key to that – then we will start to see real results. Which is why we teach and talk about the importance of:
- Listening – really listening to the people and situations around you
- Building a shared understanding of what you need from the people around you and vice versa
- Being curious – about the other person’s experience, knowledge and understanding is
- Being more flexible when dealing with conflict
- And so much more!
All of this creates a deeper sense of respect and a sense of caring and allows for more humanity in the workplace.
Which is why we are changing our brand name to Humanity-Works.com. We are about one thing – one thing that expands into so many things – Humanity. Being human is your right – laughing, struggling, crying even, or being goofy – all of it should be allowed in the workplace. Your individual brand of being human should be allowed and expressed fully in the workplace. Our heartfelt belief is that if we can remind folks of some of these simple tools, skills and practices that they can be more human, that other folks around them will be more human and this will bring a renewed sense of humanity in the workplace where so many of us spend the majority of our waking hours.
And this work is not for everyone. I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes by C. Joy Bell “The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.” It is daring to throw yourself. I get it but we believe in this kind of abandon. We believe that if you can change yourself – you change the people around you.
So stay tuned. More to come on what we mean by humanity and how we will deepen and expand our definition with real life examples, stories, skills and practices. We want to spread the word and start a movement.
Thanks for joining us for this week’s 5-minute Epiphanies to Mine the Mess for Success – Tips, snippets and Stories. For more information check us out at http://www.humanity-works.com.
Join us next time when we’ll be talking about . . . change!