How do you create an organizational culture that encourages people to show up as their authentic selves?

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CHRO in Services (non-Government), 1,001 - 5,000 employees
We've had a DEI Officer in place for many, many years and it's always been a key to our strategy to make sure that we have a culture of inclusivity and belonging. We believe that the more diverse our thoughts are, the better we're going to be able to serve our clients.
CHRO in Consumer Goods, 501 - 1,000 employees
I'm still a work in progress around work life balance because I love to work and I love to get stuff done. When I was working as hard as I was, I always got my work done on time. People couldn't relate to me. I didn't seem human enough. So I think it's refreshing and it's helpful when you start to just be your authentic self. I am now super comfortable when I don't have all the answers. To me, it is all about role modeling authenticity.
Manager Total Rewards and Org Design in Finance (non-banking), 501 - 1,000 employees
Authenticity has always been something I've thought about and strive for. But now I ask myself, what does that even mean for me? I think, as a leader, you constantly need to go on this self-reflective journey to be a good role model for your team.
VP of HR in Miscellaneous, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
By creating a welcoming environment that allows them to have a voice.
HR in Telecommunication, Self-employed
At the end of the day, it's about psychological safety. To me, authenticity means bringing your most honest self to the company.
Director of HR in Manufacturing, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
We have been leveraging mentorship programs. We just launched a mentorship platform that helps us make those connections. As part of the registration questions, we ask a question about if they want their affiliation with any of these diversity groups to play a role in your matching of who you might get mentored with? What we’ve found is that there's so many people in our organization that are looking for their representation in different diversity groups, whether it's a transgender person, a military veteran, somebody with a disability or somebody from our black community; they're saying, “hey look, I want that to be a factor in my mentorship.” That allows us to connect other people that are maybe going through the same thing, or have already gone through the same thing, to help.
, Self-employed
You need to first make it part of your leadership profile. Ensure that you value authentic leadership, and do not tolerate behaviors that are not aligned with that. You then have to translate that into action which is something that we did. Having accessibility and building proximity directly between the top management and the employees has also encouraged authenticity at our organization.

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