It’s time to decrease fear and increase love at work.


After all, we are people, working with people, serving people. We are not machines or objects or even resources. We are human. And we humans are at our best when we are psychologically safe. This sense of interpersonal safety is a basic state of love, one of two primary human conditions.

The other is fear, which creates rejection, hesitation, doubt, and uncertainty that can cause worry, tension, withdrawal, frustration, anger, and even illness. When we’re on edge we aren’t able to perform as well. But when we feel cared for and respected, we settle in. We feel at ease to be ourselves. And then we humans do incredible things.

We serve, invent, and collaborate. We speak up, solve problems, and improve. We all want to know we belong, that what our efforts matter, that we can give and be and do our best.

Why wouldn’t we create a human workplace?

Join a Gathering!! Registration now open for:

A Human Workplace Seattle gathering October 18 from 1-3 pm.

A human workplace san diego gathering december 4 from 4:30 - 7 pm.

More A Human Workplace Gatherings this fall in…

Barcelona, Copenhagen, Reykjavik, Seattle and Olympia

Coming this spring to Spokane!

Discover fresh thinking and practical, human-centered support to transform your workplace culture from fear to love…


A Human Workplace Gatherings

What is A Human Workplace gathering? Well, A Human Workplace isn’t a meeting but you’ll meet others. It isn’t a training but you’ll learn. And it isn’t a workshop but you’ll definitely work on some things! Gatherings of A Human Workplace are face to face events held in a local community or inside an organization to explore and discover what it means to be human at work. After years of suppressing our humanity at work under the guise of “being professional” we need practice bringing humanity back to the workplace.

Learn more about this unique event and what people are saying. Find a gathering in your area or learn how to host one in your community or organization.

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What We Do for Organizations (and how we started)

How we help: a Pathway to a more human workplace

Whether your just beginning to discover the benefits of a more human way of working or you’re already in pursuit, we can help you with a unique set of culture transformation resources. you won’t find anywhere else.

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Washington State’s Human-Centered Culture Program

The State of Washington is transforming state government workplaces to make government more human.

Learn more about the program at Results Washington.

Our origin Story

One conversation can change everything. Learn about the statement that planted the seed for A Human Workplace.

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Story Portal: Share your stories of love and fear

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We believe stories are powerful. They connect us. They reach us. They teach us. They help us learn what it means to be human.

Now, you can share your stories too! Your stories of love and fear at work can add to the evidence of the damage of fear and the benefits of love. You can help shift the way we think globally about work by sharing your story!

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Our Love and Fear Research

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A Human Workplace is based on primary research conducted through interviews to gain insights into what people are really experiencing in the workplace and how we can make workplaces more human. This qualitative research began with a series of 50 interviews conducted by Renée Smith, Founder of A Human Workplace.

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Read the Blog “Make Work More Human”


Calendar of Events

Resources for A Human Workplace

articles, Websites, TED talks, poetry, podcasts, research and More

Check out these curated resources that offer ideas, inspiration, evidence, and practices to support making work more human.


Read the blog: “Everywhere I Go.”