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?

NEW story portal!

tell us your stories of Love and fear at work.

A Human Workplace is partnering with Marcel Schwantes, author, speaker, podcaster, and founder of Leadership from the Core, to gather stories about love and fear in the workplace. You’re invite to share yours too!

Your confidential stories will add to the insights we share when we make the case for how workplace fear damages employees and teams as well as outcomes, while a culture based on love in action is not only good for people, it creates a huge competitive advantage by fostering the psychological safety necessary for top performance.

Check out the Love and Fear Story Portal to learn more and share your story!

News and Updates

podcast showcases A HUman Workplace

This NEW Love in Action Podcast with Marcel Schwantes features the love and fear research of A Human Workplace: Make Work More Human. In the interview, Renee turns the tables and interviews Marcel who shares his moving story of fear and of love at work.

State of Washington Program Now has its own website

For many months provided online presence for the State of Washington’s Human-Centered Government Program. As the State’s culture transformation efforts have grown and strengthened, the State of Washington now has its own web pages on the Results Washington website at to showcase and provide state agencies with direct, culturally specific access to this work. We are so excited for the way human-centered culture work continues to grow and deepen in Washington State Government evidenced by this important shift!

“Make Work Meaningful” Whitepaper released

Our care for people isn’t at odds with our business pursuits or our public responsibilities. It is compatible with, even essential to, those goals. Learn more in this whitepaper co-authored for the Shingo Institute by Robert Martichenko, President of LeanCor, and Renee Smith, Founder of A Human Workplace.

“A Human Workplace” Featured on ThriveGlobal

Columnist Josia Nakash’s recent article on Thrive Global, “When Worlds Collide: The Human Workplace & Higher Purpose,” celebrates the intersection of our work with that of Kevin Monroe’s The Higher Purpose Podcast and Sharon Green and Nick McCulloch founders of The Human Workplace Manifesto.

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.

Learn More about A Human Workplace Gatherings


What We Do for Organizations (and how we started)

How we help: Pathways 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.

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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 conversation 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.”