87% of workers feel they are more efficient WFH… and 80% of managers disagree – so who’s right?

Apologies for the clickbait headline but a recent Microsoft survey has looked at the latest work trends and this, unfortunately, was the headline that made the news.

I say unfortunately because I thought the following was a more interesting aspect of the study, not least in helping colleagues work through the impact on performance of WFH…

Employees list authenticity as the #1 quality a manager can have in supporting them to do their best work (85%), and 83% of business decision-makers say it’s essential for their senior leadership to show up authentically.

So, authenticity is important in helping people perform but what does authenticity look like? Here’s something I found on the internet that I think sums it up quite nicely…

Put simply, authenticity means you’re true to your own personality, values, and spirit, regardless of the pressure that you’re under to act otherwise. You’re honest with yourself and with others, and you take responsibility for your mistakes.

I don’t think I’m alone in feeling that having a bit of authenticity about me is a good thing and I found this definition a useful standard to hold myself to in my interactions. There are of course other ways you can define it, but having some clarity about what it means to you is important me thinks…

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