At Facebook, we encourage everyone to bring their authentic self to work, because authenticity leads to empathy, and that’s what we need to work together. COVID-19 might have helped us empathize with each other; in various ways we’ve all suffered. I, myself, have been stuck at home, far from those I love, having to sometimes juggle work and homeschooling. Because my team has established authenticity, and thus empathy, I have no problem telling my manager, my coworkers, and even those I don’t know that well, that today might not be a good day to meet about X, or that I’m struggling and that I need help or time.
My design community at Facebook has really helped me this past year. I knew what the expectations were in terms of my work, but I also knew I had the space to breathe, take a step back, slow down, and talk to people. Within our community we have so many affinity groups, from those interested in mental health to those interested in dogs, coffee, and beyond. No matter who you are, there is a place for you to listen, share and be yourself beyond work conversations.