Establishing trust – your spirit in the workplace

Dropping the pretense that organizations put employees first

Our spirits have been ignored in the workplace for too long and they won’t show up if trust is not present. Generally our spirits are relegated to the back seats of the work bus, segregated from our beings. We have been guilty of checking them into a safe place when we enter the workplace. And, we wonder why Gallup reported  The worldwide engagement crisis in 2016. As long as the workplace ignores the power and sanctity of the human spirit, the workplace itself and the spirits of those in it will remain broken.

It is popular in social media to tag posts #everythingisbroken or #simplybroken or #broken. No one is tagging #everythingisfixable #fixthebroken or #mendit. What if we started a movement that concentrated on mending our broken selves and our broken bits of the world? Could we reassemble parts of our Humpty Dumpty world in a better way if we changed our declarations, altered our approach, and seized our own possibilities?

No organization can operate at a deficit indefinitely

The challenge is how to explore something mystical in a realm that defines itself primarily by financial results. Even the most socially responsible organization must achieve a certain financial return to keep the doors open. There is not a single organization, for profit or not-for-profit, anywhere in the world that can operate at a deficit indefinitely just because it wants to be socially responsible. When we acknowledge that reality we can drop the pretense that an organization will always put you and your spirit first.

Calling out the pretense

Calling out the pretense is one step on the road to fixing part of the brokenness. Deconstructing the pretense allows us to begin to establish trust. When trust binds our relationships we feel more confident in bringing our whole selves, including our spirits, to work. It is a risky business because trust exposes all parties involved to possible betrayal. And, we all know how betrayal feels. But there are other risks besides the negative ones.

Taking a risk on trust

If we risk establishing trust we will experience benefits. When trust is present, organizations and the people within them develop resiliency. Trust is the foundation of creativity, inspiration, and community. When we are trusted and we trust, we create a safety net. Within that safety net, it is easier to know and depend on one another. As we build relationships, we grow in the certainty that we are respected as contributors, and we seek opportunities to make our corner of the world better. Within an atmosphere of trust we bring our #wholeselves to work; eyes wide open to the risks and yearning for a chance to #mendit.

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