VOICE OF IMPACT: Mila, The Hangry Woman
“The days of fueling corporate culture with a box of donuts every Friday are no longer appetizing for today’s workforce.”
Don’t let your workforce get hangry. The days of fueling corporate culture with a box of donuts every Friday are no longer appetizing for today’s workforce.
Even as a foodie, Mila (The Hangry Woman) doesn’t value the catered lunches as much as she does the honest conversations she is able to have with her manager at Baker-Ripley.
The launching of her Personal Brand on Instagram coincided with her diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes. The motivation to launch her platform was partly a healthy coping mechanism that allowed her to cultivate a community. However, the establishment of The Hangry Woman is mostly attributed to the gap on Google in 2016 when Mila’s searches for living with Type 2 Diabetes came up short.
What’s important about Mila’s voice?
She represents one of the 56 million Millennials in the workforce that are actively looking to work for organizations with purpose (calling all conscious capitalists).
She represents one of more than 100 million Americans living, working, and thriving with diabetes.
What can we all learn from our conversation with Mila?
Organizations who embrace their workforce’s passions outside of the workplace are likely to attract and retain top talent. At Own Your Voice, we believe the best ROI starts with with ROR (return on relationships).
Individuals in the workplace can take note of Mila’s example of leveraging her passions to benefit the organization she works for. She had the courage because she prepared her strategy on how to approach the conversation with her manager in a way that aligned success for all parties involved.
Creativity and courage have something in common. Despite the myth that you’re given an amazingly creative idea in a instant - that moment is a culmination of learning, digesting, testing, failing, and going for it again.
Courage, like creativity, finds you when you’re working towards it. What courageous conversations do you need to have to shift your work into a more purposeful position?
Don’t hide: Fight your fear with facts by making a list of talking points, possible rebuttals, and what success looks like for the other party.
Be open: You may end up in a situation that’s better than you expected. When you show up to the conversation, let the other party expand on what success looks like. There is a power in collaboration, when both voices show up clear and honest.
Set high expectations: Don’t be afraid to fail, be ready to fail faster. Without trying and testing, you work harder not smarter. Get out of your silos and use your voice to see what works and what doesn’t!