When you start practicing vulnerability at home, it’s time to bring that mindset to the office.
“Vulnerability is about showing up and being seen. It’s tough to do that when we’re terrified about what people might see or think.” Brené Brown comes from a deep academic history in social work. Her research on vulnerability and emotion are legendary.
Her TED Talk, “The power of vulnerability” mentions a few times when individuals feel most vulnerable at work. She mentions people being laid off and laying off others as some of these times. Other instances when people might feel vulnerable at the office is when delivering a presentation or meeting with a new team member.
You can practice vulnerability at the office by trying some of these strategies:
Be the first person to show appreciation.
Recognizing a colleague for a job well done is an authentic way to show vulnerability. You are demonstrating that the individual is worthy of praise and it’s a great reminder that you too belong in this space.
Share when you are worried.
It is most likely that your team already knows when you are worried about something at work. Go ahead and share what’s on your mind with others in your office to foster transparent communication.
Ask for help.
Trust that your co-workers will deliver when you ask for assistance on a project. When you admit that you can’t do it all on your own, you provide a chance to include others in a mutual goal
Explain your goals.
This is a big step of vulnerability if you are in a position of authority. When sharing the goals for the month or the quarter, take a moment to explain the reasons behind the measurements. Trust that your team will support you in reaching your goals.
Whether you are the supervisor in your department or an employee in a small business, you can have the confidence to show vulnerability in the workplace.
If you want a hand thinking of strategies specific to your situation, contact me for an individual session.