It seems to me as though organisations seem to be polarising in to those that follow a traditional "people are resources" model, and those that describe that "people are humans first and foremost".
The latter often describe themselves as people-centered organisations, or as Kevin Miller puts it, "Make it about putting people first, always".
Recent research shows that encouraging a workplace in which people show up with their whole selves leads to a culture in which people perform to their best potential.
Some examples might include:
- providing an outlet for the talents that wouldn't normally be valued in a workplace
- making it safe to share more personal information in order to deepen connections
- a culture in which there is true openness and mutual respect for differences including race, religion, sexual orientation, mental health, neuro-diversity and so much more
-honouring the major life events that can impact each persons health, well-being and effectiveness, including births, deaths, or even moving house.
In what other ways is your workplace people-centered? What else would you like to see being done to humanise your organisation? Who are the pioneers in this space that you admire, and what are they doing?
Madeleine Allen is a human leader in a corporate world. She delivers training in Soft Skills with Hard Benefits, enabling leaders to be compassionate AND profitable.
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