Entering a new workplace has a certain pressure that pushes people to engage in self-presentation in the office. Self-presentation means managing behaviours, emotions and even the way other people perceives oneself. Understandably, new employees want their coworkers and bosses to like them; however, there are cases when they have to keep up appearances even if they have been with the company for a long time. Imagine how difficult it is when you cannot freely express emotions, share your sense of humour or generally just be yourself at work. This habit is unhealthy in the long run, and it can take a toll on your mental health.
A lot of people are not very keen on exposing their true selves at work since they feel like other people won’t accept them as they are. It is beneficial to the company if they can create an environment where their people can be authentic at work without feeling that it is a risk. The culture of authenticity in the workplace creates more long-lasting and better relationships with clients and coworkers. This is because a deeper understanding of one another leads to higher levels of trust. Since no one has to hide who they are or be too careful about how they carry themselves, the workplace becomes a positive place to be. TEDx Speaker Jahan Kalantar can explain the effects of authenticity in his talks.