A Selfie on LinkedIn
“I really am”: your new profile image makes for discussion – and a lot of consent
On LinkedIn people from your professional side show. Reputable profile pictures are there seen, actually. Lauren Griffiths has opted for a Selfie. And so hundreds of thousands of people.
The corona crisis has changed our notions of “normal working life” in a sustainable way. For over six months, people around the world working on the domestic Desk, often surrounded by children, partners and Pets. Also an American woman, Lauren Griffiths, it is so. She works in the HR Department of a Tech company in North Carolina for months from the home office. Together with her husband and three children, seven, five and two years old, she tries to cope the new everyday. A week ago, you changed so on the platform, LinkedIn is your profile image. The Business picture with freshly dyed hair and well-fitting suit gave way to a morning Selfie with curled hair and the hoodie – and the photo went in the network virally. The image has been commented on more than 25,000 Times, and generated nearly 700,000 Likes.
“The home office has blurred the boundaries between my professional and private I”
In your Post, the 39-Year-old writes: “Recently I have had a long look at my LinkedIn profile photo thrown – the woman who was staring at me, had a new dyed hair and a fresh cut, a well-ironed Blazer, a hint of a Smile with just the right amount of teeth to show that it is serious, but also light-hearted may be. I remember how I was in my ‘Power-Pose’ stand, as my husband the photos. We looked through about 80 snapshots, before we found the one that looked perfectly polished. But the Person in the photo, I’m not always, and certainly not at the Moment.”
After the Post made the rounds, said Griffiths, the US news channel, Good Morning America, that she no longer wants to pretend to “LinkedIn”. You want to present the Person you really are. “Today’s home office-the world has blurred the boundaries between my professional and private I, so I’ve decided to put the on my photo to represent,” she wrote in her Post. “I’ve read enough of the book about authentic leadership and experienced enough to know that it is the career brings with it a lot more if you’re authentic and vulnerable – to present more than a glossy profile picture.”
Also, in your forums, you set the Selfie. “If you call in via video call, the Person you see in the photo.”
The debate is growing – and at the core, it rotates on prejudices
Criticism there was in your Post abundant. “Unprofessional” is called there often. “If you are so casual, how you present yourself, are you going to deal so casually with the work, I’ll give it to you?” a commentator asks. Griffiths is interested in the criticism, however, of little. More important is the actual core of the discussion. How to present a woman of the world? “With so many of the comments are opinions about which is the woman in the two photos, the people would most like to work or who would hire you. But many forgot that it is two photos of the same Person with the same training, the same skills and the same experience,” she says Good Morning America. “But the woman on the left would get the Job because of their appearance.” Asks you to think about what claims are made against women, especially against non-white women.
Griffiths hopes to have a new Normal, where everyone can be how he wants it. “We can do this by wearing what we want, without judging, without us, to others, to adapt and to believe without that appearance equals ability.” And the number of Likes show: it is this opinion not alone …
Source: LinkedIn, Good Morning America