Here is the full transcript of Chris White’s talk titled “3 Ways To Create A Work Culture That Brings Out The Best In Employees” at TEDxAtlanta 2019 conference.
In his TEDx talk “3 Ways To Create A Work Culture That Brings Out The Best In Employees,” Chris White emphasizes the importance of fostering a positive and engaging work environment. He identifies three key strategies: firstly, encouraging open and honest communication to ensure employees feel heard and valued.
Secondly, he stresses the need for responsiveness from management, advocating for actions that align with employee feedback to avoid cynicism and disengagement. Thirdly, White urges companies to aim higher than merely avoiding dissatisfaction, by inviting employees to bring their whole selves to work, leveraging their diverse experiences and strengths.
He highlights the significance of dialogue and finding common ground in disagreements, offering a variety of responses when consensus isn’t possible. White also underscores the detrimental effects of “checkouts,” or disengagement, both financially and culturally. The talk concludes by urging leaders to foster a culture of continuous communication and responsiveness, leading to a more dynamic and fulfilling workplace.
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The Google Walkout: A Case Study in Corporate Protest
Do you remember when 20,000 people walked out of Google in protest of unfair and unequal treatment of women at the company? On a single day? The protest was dramatic. It was headline grabbing. It sent a clear signal. We will no longer check our identities and our values at the workplace door. It was also the exception rather than the rule. Because while brave, certainly brave, the Google employees felt safe enough to organize collectively without fear of reprisals.
They felt secure enough that even if they lost their jobs, they’d still probably be highly employable somewhere else. Not everyone has that luxury. Not everyone feels that way about speaking up at work. Social movement scholars would call the Google walkouts a mobilizing structure. Others mobilize in different ways depending on their context and their cause. In fact, walkouts do happen pretty much every day in the workplace.