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Register Now for the April Gathering of A Human Workplace

Creating Cultures of Resilience: How and Why to Build Inclusive, Collective Spaces

Register today for April's gathering of A Human Workplace Olympia co-hosted by Justin Chan, DSHS DDA, EDI Administrator, who will guide us through an extended session to explore how and why we create resilient spaces. Join us April 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in the Helen Sommers Building in Olympia.

Building on our work together in March, he will help us consider:

  • Why do we talk about inclusion, exclusion and microaggressions?

  • What systems and assumptions are in place to create microaggressions?

  • How do we shift power dynamics so that we create a loving environment that lifts all voices?

Last session we needed more time. And we acknowledge that the dominant system does not usually allow enough time for marginalized communities to have voice nor for others to adequately understand different experiences. This gathering is an effort at creating more time and space.

Register today for the April gathering of A Human Workplace Olympia!

Justin Chan is the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Administrator and Tribal Liaison. As a first generation Taiwanese American and a dedicated community leader, Justin sits on the Board of Directors for the Asian Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Empowerment c4 (APACE) and worked for the Department of Early Learning as the Interim Equity and Professional Development Administrator focused on racial equity and ECEAP, our state funded preschool program for three and four year-old children with low income.

He has worked along side leaders and communities, leading numerous racial equity action planning and “normalizing the conversation” training with staff and leadership. He has helped provide staff with the tools and knowledge so they can feel capable of planning, implementing, and tracking equity programs while engaging with diverse communities every step of the way.

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Please remember that this meeting is an open, safe, and welcoming space for all! We want everyone to feel included in this conversation because we all have so much to learn from each other to make us more loving humans. Let's take another step together in our journey to eliminate fear and help each other be the best coworkers we can be!

Register today to reserve your seat for this gathering. When you register, your email will be added to the mailing list for A Human Workplace.

We welcome all participants; please contact us to request accommodations. Email Renee.Smith@gov.wa.gov with your specific needs. Thank you and we look forward to you joining us.

Love is Topic for Next Human Workplace Meet Up

“Does love really belong at work?” he wondered.

“Well, do people belong at work?” she asked in reply.

“Yes, of course,” he said.

“So then, yes, of course, love belongs at work,” she assured him. “Not romantic love, but all the other kinds of love that are also part of being human. Those belong at work. If people are going to be at work, then love must be at work. Otherwise, work won’t work. People won’t work, at least not well.”

At the next Human Workplace Meet Up in Olympia, WA, we will explore the concept of love at work. Join other public servants and friends of government to explore the many types of love that are part of being human and essential for success at work.

Through stories, reflection, and dialogue, together we will better understand loving experiences that support our best contributions, surprising innovations, and effective collaborations. We aren't talking about romantic love, but love expressed in empathy, care, respect, trust, altruism, inclusion, kindness, and friendship.

Feel free to share this invitation with others, and do register to RSVP so we can prepare to welcome you!

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What kind of love belongs at work?

Gemba Academy Podcast from the Fall Continues to Generate Interest in A Human Workplace

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"We've heard from people all over the world who have listened to this podcast and responded with enthusiasm."

Last November Ron Pereira spoke with Renée on the Gemba Academy Podcast. Check out Episode 191, "How to reflect on the roles of fear and love in continuous improvement."

Since then we've heard from people all over the world, Canada, Australia, the UK, Spain, New Zealand. who listened to this podcast and responded with enthusiasm. The message of less fear and indifference and more love and safety at work is universal and core to what it is to be human.

Lean organizations everywhere are striving to create a workplace where employees continually learn and grow so that they can solve problems, discover new solutions, and create amazing results for customers. That growth happens when the workplace is physically and psychologically safe though still challenging. This balance of both safety and discomfort happens best when we feel loved.

It's what the world needs now. (Sorry, couldn't resist that one!)

Human-centered message shared in Canada in December 5-6, 2017

The Love Not Fear message received a warm welcome in Toronto, Canada on December 5 and 6, 2017, at the Canadian Institute's 2nd Annual Conference on "Lean Process Improvement in the Public Sector." Renee's keynote shared the Make Work More Human research and explained how a human centered workplace is necessary for a Lean culture and management system. Public servants from Canadian national, provincial, and local governments were enthusiastic about the importance of decreasing fear and indifference and increasing love and safety at work.

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Thanks to our Canadian friends for your kind hospitality and for your inspiring public service and efforts to bring Lean culture, philosophy and a management system to government! 

It was especially nice to reconnect with our friends at Revenue Canada, pictured here. They are passionate about bringing Lean  and a  more human workplace to their work in Ottawa.