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Insights / July 27, 2015

There’s Only One You

By Casey Helbling

One theme, two ideas:

1. There’s only one you. So bring your whole self to work. The separation of your “work persona” from your “home persona” is a particularly pernicious part of our economic system, encouraging us to be professional robots instead of vulnerable human beings. If we are building a better place to work, we must also feel free to bring our whole selves to work. If you are goofy, be goofy. If you are sad, be sad. If you are excited, be excited. Show your weaknesses. Ask for help. Be authentic, and encourage others to be authentic. Create encouraging spaces for people to express their full range of being. Be aware of how little habits can either encourage or discourage others to show up fully in the workplace, especially people different than you.


2. No, really, there’s only ONE you. But there are a lot of /us/. Don’t feel like you have to know everything about everything. We all have particular strengths and weaknesses, and it’s a part of hiring decisions to have a well balanced team. Don’t be afraid to ask for writing help, or CSS help, or Ruby help, or DevOps help. No matter who you are, you’ve already proven your worth to our team, there’s no contest for who can get the most done with the least help. Don’t rabbithole yourself, reach out!