The Work Human Conference, pioneered by Globoforce, galvanizes leaders worldwide to build human-centric workplaces where employees achieve their fullest potential. My co-host Haley and I attended this year’s WorkHuman Conference in Austin, TX and it was AM-AZ-ING! The conference atmosphere reflected Austin and wove in the values of Globoforce. The sessions were informative and aligned with practicing a human-centered environment. Many of the speakers have a TedTalk and are authors of books that Haley and I have read over the last year, including Brene Brown, Shawn Achor, Simon Sinek, and Adam Grant. The speakers shared their wisdom on workplace appreciation, human connection, and empowerment. There was an overarching emphasis on shifting work culture and bringing your whole self to work.
Bringing our whole self to work is essential for us to thrive as humans and companies to survive in today’s environment. I was thrilled (and relieved) to learn that there are thousands, perhaps even millions, of people who also believe that our whole selves cannot be separated into parts and that this was increasingly being practiced in companies around the world.
Similar to how our interconnectedness and interdependence makes up our global society, all of our own experiences and interests make up our unique complex tapestry, which collectively is greater than our individual parts. For example, being a podcast co-host on The HumanCurrent and growing as a complexity thinker are really just a part of my background and what makes me tick. I am also a lifelong learner, I have a BA in Organizational Communication and MA in Leadership. I am Canadian and now also an American. I have an extensive background in learning and development. I am experienced in systemic change and change management. I am a wife, mum, consultant, community member, activist, and friend. While it may seem like all of the parts that make me tick could stand alone, I would not be my whole self without all of them together.
The Work Human Conference truly captured the whole self work human movement and was one of the best conferences I have attended. While at the conference, Haley and I were able to interview several attendees who are living out the work human practice. The interviews, along with our recap of the conference, are shared in Episode 80 and Episode 84. And leading up to the conference we interviewed Mike Wood, host of WorkHuman Radio. In this episode, Mike talks about the work human movement and the mission of the conference.
I’m thrilled that there is a venue which focuses on the practice of working human and we hope to attend the 2019 conference being held in Nashville, TN.