I just returned from the Workhuman conference, which is unsurprisingly about making work more human. There were numerous impactful speakers and learnings - a few of which will stick with me longer than others.
How can we help employees grow? How can we increase engagement? How can we ensure employees are happy? These were a few of the big questions Workhuman sought to address at this year's event. See below for a few of my biggest takeaways from the sessions I attended:
Have the difficult conversations
According to Brené Brown, opting out of difficult conversations because they make you uncomfortable is the definition of privilege. Difficult conversations amongst team members are necessary for team success. Avoiding them for the sake of being “nice” or not wanting to feel discomfort leads to diminished engagement, trust and increased problematic behaviors - such as passive-aggression, gossiping and backchannel communications.
Hold yourself accountable
Ultimately, all you are able to control is your own work and way of looking at things. If you are unhappy in your current position or project, you have the ability to fix your own world. It’s easy to think “I can’t change everything, so I won’t change anything,” but that is counterproductive. You should plug and play and do what you can to create your own success.
No matter how hard you try, you won’t find success without vulnerability. Vulnerability comes from the same place as shame, fear and anxiety - but it also comes from the same place as courage, trust, empathy, adaptability, inclusion, and resilience - shall I go on? Vulnerability is not a weakness, and can lead to great work.
Anyone else attend Workhuman this week? We’d love to hear other’s biggest learnings!
Team bonding – two words when put together are usually met with a cringe or a groan. For whatever reason, team bonding activities feel like a chore, disingenuous, or corny. And while I can’t argue this is true 100% of the time, it feels more accurate than not.
As someone who helps to organize team outings, I feel a tremendous responsibility to make sure that I am putting activities forward that have purpose beyond getting drinks at a bar or eating at a fun new restaurant (not the worst activities to go to).
As a small team we have the flexibility to do more non-traditional activities. That’s why this February, the Havas People NY team decided to #jointhebattle and participate in Cycle for Survival – a charity event that raises money to help find a cure for rare cancer.
When I asked the team if they wanted to participate – I received a resounding “YES”. After all, it’s a pretty simple proposition – raise money and help find a cure for cancer. Who could say no to that!
Having participated in past Cycle for Survival events, I knew what I was getting into. For my co-workers/team members I was so excited for them to get to experience four hours of inspiration, motivation and perspiration! Being in a room filled with people who have their own answers to #whyiride, but one common goal (cure cancer!) is so inspiring – I couldn't wait to get there that Friday night.
Part of the culture at Havas People is that we roll up our sleeve and we work together. And that is just what we did - As a new cycle team we have raised over $3,000 for rare cancer research!! I am so proud to work with a group of people who care about giving back to the community and making a difference – no matter how much they sweat doing it!