Work Whole, Work Human

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.

No matter where you go, there you are.
— Confucius

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.

Once we realize that our energy is interconnected, we see that the more you create across your ecosystem, the more potential you will unlock.
— Shawn Achor

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.

Bring your whole self to work. I don’t believe we have professional self Monday through Friday and a real self the rest of the time. It is all professional and it is all personal.
— Sheryl Sandberg

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.

You can listen to the HumanCurrent podcast here and don't forget to subscribe in iTunes. Stay tuned for our upcoming interview with co-author of Embracing ComplexityJean Boulton. Let's work happy!