It's 2019.

iT’S PAST time to decrease fear and increase love at work.


After all, we are people, working with people, serving people. We are not cogs or machines or objects or even resources. We are human. And we humans are at our best when we are psychologically safe. This basic acceptance, respect, and sense of belonging is a state of love, one of two primary human emotional conditions. The other is fear, which brings on rejection, indifference, alienation, worry, withdrawal, anger, uncertainty. 

When we feel loved, cared for, and respected, we settle in. We feel safe, committed, and at ease to be ourselves. And then we humans do incredible things...

We serve, we invent, we collaborate. We solve, we contribute, we improve. 

We all fundamentally want to know what we are doing matters. Building a loving, human-centered workplace creates the conditions to give and be and do our very best! Why wouldn’t we want to create a human workplace?

Welcome to a global movement to make work more human!

To advance this movement, A Human Workplace provides a unique set of resources to support human-centered culture transformation, including…

  • A Human Workplace Gatherings

  • Love and Fear Research and Story Portal

  • Make Work More Human Blog

  • Curated Resources

  • Keynote Talks, Training Workshops, and Consulting

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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 work on some things! Gatherings of A Human Workplace are local, in-person events that bring together like-minded people to meaningfully connect and then to practice being human at work.

Learn more about this unique event and what people are saying. Find a gathering in your area. Learn how to start A Human Workplace gathering in your community or organization. Learn about and be inspired by other gatherings of A Human Workplace.

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Keynote talks, Training workshops, and consulting

Find support for a human-centered workplace including key-note talks, training workshops, and organizational consulting to support the loving, human-centered growth of your team or organization.

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Podcasts featuring A Human Workplace

These podcasts feature interviews with Renée Smith talking about the work and research being done at A Human Workplace and Make Work More Human as well as her work with Results Washington where these concepts are being applied in government.


Resources: articles, Websites, TED talks, poetry, podcasts and More

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


Our lOVE AND fEAR research and story portal

To understand the impact of fear and of love on people at work, we asked people to tell us their stories. They did and their stories demonstrate the high cost of fear and the immense benefits of love for employees, organizations, and the people served.

Now, you can share your story too through our love and fear story portal.

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other research supporting a human workplace

A growing body of research demonstrates that a human-centered way of working has positive workplace outcomes. Read peer reviewed research about awe, gratitude, resilience, and social connection.

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how “A Human Workplace” began

Sometimes a single conversation can change everything. Read the origin story for A Human Workplace: Make Work More Human.

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REad the blog: “Make Work More Human”

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