November 8, 2018 12pm - 1:30pm
"Instead" is a workshop that uses design to confront workplace toxicity by building bridges from destructive cycles of self-deprecation through discovery of practical ways to heal and pursue work meaningfully.
Bullying, harassment, and emotional abuse in the workplace are known hindrances to employee productivity and well-being. Intangible and hard to shine a light on, these factors breed fearful, toxic work environments that silently erode our abilities to be clear in our thinking, confident in our decision-making, and creative in our work. As designers, we're often called upon to do work that requires us to be in an empathetic state for whom we want to design. So how do we continue to do work that we believe is meaningful for ourselves and others when confronted with toxicity?
Commonly suggested solutions include ignoring behaviors, looking the other way, leaving a company, heading to another department, or focusing solely on what's in your control. With seemingly few ways out, how do you break through doors to meaningful work? How do we find a way forward when we believe in the impact our work can have, but our environment is making it hard for us to do so?
Toxicity manifests in many different ways in both our personal and professional lives. It is often during these same moments when you need to see the broadest and widest, that our perspectives are at their most narrow. "Instead" is a workshop that focuses on building bridges from destructive cycles of self-deprecation through discovery of practical ways to heal and pursue work meaningfully. Participants will walk away with tools to help broaden away from limiting vantage points, generate alternative options, and create a set of viable paths forward that can be applied in their personal and/or professional lives.
Limited parking (paid street and garage parking) | FREE B-cycle | CapMetro downtown | Rideshare
701 Brazos St.
Austin, TX 78701