Research Interviews: Learning about the cost of fear and the benefits of love. 

A Human Workplace is based on primary research to understand and gain insights into 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 and Director of Workplace Transformation at Results Washington. We continue to expand this research and add insights to this body of work to better understand and explore different aspects of fear and love in the workplace.

Smith states about the beginning of this research: “This started out with curiosity about how people experience fear and love at work. People’s stories are full of insights so I started talking to people informally.  At first, I chatted with friends at dinner and people on the bus. I talked to colleagues over coffee. Everyone had a story and wanted to share theirs. My first formal interview was on Valentine's Day 2017.  <3  No kidding. Since then I've gathered more than 50 stories through interviews and research workshops. The content of those stories was analyzed, and I discovered five types of fear stories, one healthy and four toxic, and three types of love stories. Those insights are described in the Keynote Talk: Make Work More Human. They form the foundation for A Human Workplace and all the subsequent organizational insights, conversations and offerings.”

Now you can share your story too.

Story Portal

To better understand the impacts of fear and of love in workplaces, Renée Smith and Marcel Schwantes, are teaming up to collect 500 stories through the new Story Portal. To participate, check out the instructions on the Story Portal page and then link will take you to a survey monkey form to guide you through a series of questions to tell us your story in written form.

ONE ON ONE INTERVIEWS

If you’d like to be interviewed in person, one on one interviews take about an hour and can be in person by Zoom or over the phone. Contact us at renee@makeworkmorehuman.com to schedule an interview. We will use two basic prompts:

1. Share a story about a time when you experienced fear at work. Fear might mean feeling threatened, anxious, terrified, harassed, worried or other similar feelings.

What happened? What did you do? What did others do? How did this impact you? Your team? Your organization? Your customer? Your work? Your home-life? Your physical body? What did this mean to you?

2. Share a story about a time when you felt loved at work. Love might mean care, acceptance, respect, belonging, trust, or other similar feelings. 

What happened? What did you do? What did others do? How did this impact you? Your team? Your organization? Your customer? Your work? Your home-life? Your physical body? What did this mean to you?

Fear and love Research workshops

The concept is simple: Gather a diverse group of 6-8 people for one day to share stories of fear and love. Begin by building trust and connection. Create safety and agreements about confidentiality. Then pair participants up and guide them to explore their stories of fear in the morning, and love in the afternoon (because love should be in the afternoon, right?) We listen, value, empathize, and reflect. Then the group discusses insights and so better understands fear and love at work. Workshops are coordinated periodically. Contact us if you are interested in participating in or hosting a workshop.

insights and impact

The insights from these stories are having a profound impact on leaders and teams all over the world and helping organizations shift from fear-based workplaces to more loving, human-centered workplaces that are more effective AND good for people. We are learning how to make work more human!

Contact us with questions at renee@makeworkmorehuman.com.