In order to get the necessary experience, to have the necessary expertise, to acquire the necessary wisdom, to do the role well, we need coaching. We can’t coach ourselves on what we don’t know and have never experienced!
As Women’s History Month draws to close, I think it appropriate to reconsider how women might make history moving forward by transforming how we live and work. By engaging in meaningful discussions about the different experiences women and men have with working. By challenging long-held assumptions about how men and women should work, who should be responsible for the unpaid work, how and when that unpaid work is done, and how and when we interact with our families. By recognizing how changing our practices has and could continue to bring about tremendous value to our families, workplaces, and communities. We can craft a future which creates harmony between our work and lives allowing us to feel successful in both.
We can treat each other with dignity and respect. I believe creating and maintaining a respectful workplace is essential for every workplace in the future. The time has passed to accept disrespectful and inappropriate behavior as commonplace. Employees who are respected and can be their true selves in the workplace will undoubtedly be happier, give more of themselves, an the results will follow.
Unfortunately, we (the collective everyone “we”) have become so accustomed to believing only those who we identify with we’ve stopped considering the possibility that an alternative (and valuable) perspective may also exist. What we really need right now is more “we” and less “them” and “us”
I had a light bulb go off this week about how important it is to answer the question “How are you?” honestly, especially when the answer isn’t positive. Times are tough right now! We are all going through a variety of different emotions and trying to process and adapt to challenging circumstances. A lot has happened – this article was my attempt to processes some of it and recognize why connecting and sharing is so critical – especially in the workplace. As a Manager, I commit to creating a safe space for employees to honestly and openly share and connect with each other about whatever they are comfortable sharing.