human workplace

June 22 Human Workplace Meet Up in Olympia

Registration for the next Human Workplace Meet Up in Olympia is now open for June 22nd from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. to explore Empathy and Diversity.

A human workplace is a diverse workplace where ALL team members are welcomed to bring their unique ideas and perspectives. When people know their contributions count, they are more engaged, more loyal and do amazing things for customers and for their teams.

Diversity makes a difference in outcomes too. Research has shown that diversity impacts innovation, market share, client awareness, and whose ideas are endorsed. But we also know that implicit biases, those attitudes and stereotypes outside our conscious knowledge, can cause us to prefer or discriminate against others in ways that contradict our conscious values.

These are complicated issues but they are crucial issues, so A Human Workplace is coming together in June with safety and respect to begin to learn and understand more about diversity.

Join us on June 22 for A Human Workplace Meet Up to explore how we can use empathy as a way to appreciate the diversity of others.

Through stories, reflections, and guided activities we will practice curiosity, listening from the heart, respect, sitting with discomfort, and self-management. Gain insights into the unique experiences of others as well as things we share in common.

Feel free to forward this invitation to others, but please register to RSVP because space is limited.

For more on A Human Workplace, check out: https://www.makeworkmorehuman.com

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?

Topic Announced for Next Human Workplace Meet Up on March 9: What's at the Center of Your Work?

What's at the center of your work?

When a Human Workplace Meet Up gathers next on March 9th from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Department of Enterprise Services in Olympia, participants will break new ground as they engage in an exploration of the question, "What's at the center of your work?" 

Every day in every organization and team, for every person, something is at the center of work. Something is deemed to be most important and that something drives every other decision and action about everything else. Make Work More Human advocates for putting people at the center, but what else could we put there? What else do we put there? A whole lot of other things apparently. And all of those other things have serious implications for the workplace, for the people doing the work, and for the customers served. 

At this Meet Up you will have the opportunity to dive into a new model for understanding what we choose to be centered on at work and the impacts of those choices. Through reflection and discussion, you will contribute to this new model and expand thinking about the deep importance of being human-centered and the consequences when we are not.

I hope you'll be there for this ground-breaking exploration and dialogue.

RSVP at EventBrite to reserve your seat today!

January Meet Up Discussed Human-Centered Leaders and Teams

On January 26, 2017, the second gathering of A Human Workplace Meet Up met. Renamed "A Human Workplace Meet Up," more than 30 people gathered from across state and local government to continue dialogue and advocacy for making work more human. 

This month the group explored what it actually mean to be human-centered. Specifically, what does it look like to be a human-centered team? And what does a human-centered leader actually do?

Their insights will be shared in future blog posts coming soon at Make Work More Human. 

A Human Workplace Meet Up gathers next on March 9th from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Department of Enterprise Services in Olympia. RSVP at EventBrite if you want to attend. 

A Meet Up Table Group discusses human-centered work

A Meet Up Table Group discusses human-centered work

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.