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Experience the Science of Awe at A Human Workplace Olympia on August 23. Meet under the gigantic oak tree just outside the Helen Sommers Building, on the Washington State Capitol Campus, 106-11th Ave SW, Olympia, WA 98504

It's summer and a perfect time to gather outside on Washington State's Capitol Campus grounds in Olympia (rain or shine!) to experience the science of awe and its benefits at A Human Workplace Olympia. This will be our second annual gathering focused on awe; last year it was the favorite experience of many! 

We humans experience awe when we encounter nature, art, vistas, large structures, and more. And fortunately, the state capitol has all these! Studies show that experiencing awe can promote altruism, well-being, calm, creativity, collaboration, and kindness. When we have a sense of something greater than ourselves, we are more cooperative, positive and helpful towards others.

At this meeting we will learn about the science of awe, reflect on times of awe, experience inspiration in our surroundings and ponder how intentionally practicing awe can support positive actions toward others as well as support personal well-being. Consider how these insights can be practically applied at work to create a more effective and human workplace. 

Space is unlimited this time! So feel free to bring your colleagues but please pre-register here so we create enough materials.

Accommodations:

We welcome all participants. If you need disability accommodation, please let us know your needs by August 9th by emailing renee.smith@gov.wa.gov or by calling 360-764-3166.

For the comfort of all participants and to accommodate those who have a disability related to scent, please refrain from using scents when coming to A Human Workplace Olympia. Thank you.

Parking:

Parking is available on the street around the building, next to the GA Building, and on the Diagonals on the Capitol Campus. The closest bus stop is directly across the street on 11th and Capitol Way.

All are welcome!

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 makes us more loving humans. Thank you and we look forward to you joining us!

Join A Human Workplace Seattle to continue the conversation and exploration of Inclusion!

In July, we started an exploration of inclusion and will be talking about it again and going deeper in August. This gathering will be hosted again by Christina Chang and Marcus Stubblefield.

What is inclusion? How does it relate to diversity and equity? How do we practice inclusion in our work lives, for the benefit of all? We’ll use Liberating Structures to interactively and lovingly explore more deeply our relationship with ourselves and how our own origin stories propel how we interact in the world.

Location will be at the Douglass-Truth Branch - The Seattle Public Library, 2300 East Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98122

Register on Eventbrite to reserve your place and for more information.

Renée Smith

A Human Workplace Seattle meets July 19th  from 10:30 a.m .– 12:30 p.m. at the Seattle Municipal Tower, Room 1600 to explore the topic of inclusion. Join the next gathering to discuss and learn more about these questions: What is inclusion and how does it relate to diversity and equity? And how do we practice inclusion in our work lives for the benefit of all? Using Liberating Structures, we’ll interactively and lovingly explore more deeply our relationship with ourselves and how our own origin stories propel how we interact in the world. Co-hosted by Marcus Stubblefield and Christina Change, this will be the first of two sessions to explore inclusion during July and August. Please register on EventBrite here if you plan to attend. 

 

Renée Smith

A Human Workplace Olympia meets July 26th from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Helen Sommers Building. The topic will be “Exploring Emotions in the Workplace.”

Emotions are part of our make up as human beings, yet it's become a norm to "leave our emotions at the door" when we come to work. But is that reasonable? And if we are going to welcome people bring their "whole selves to work" then what about the emotional aspects of our humanity? At A Human Workplace Olympia we will explore questions related to human emotions in the workplace. 

What are feelings and emotions? 

What beneficial role can these play at work? And what can be the down side of emotions? 

How can we manage these dynamics to both welcome whole people and achieve our best performance? 

What skills do leaders and team members need for emotions to be effective in the workplace? 

Register on EventBrite here to attend A Human Workplace Olympia. 

April 29, 2019
Renée Smith

Are you feeling stressed at work, at home, or both?  If so, you’re not alone!  According to the Center for Disease Control, stress levels in American workers are at an all-time high. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way.  

In this workshop, Stress Less – Minimize Stress to Maximize Potential - join Amy to explore stress in the workplace – what causes it, how to recognize it, and how to deal with it.  She will also explore happiness and shed light on what makes us happy and how we can lead more fulfilling, satisfying lives at work and beyond.

Leave with a personalized toolkit to minimize stress that you can begin implementing immediately.  Register your team and attend together!

Join the ICSEW and Amy Leneker in the first of a series of workshops on June 24, 2019, at the Lacey Community Center. Cost is $200 for government or non-profits with early registration at $150 until May 24!

Register here through EventBrite.

April 29, 2019
Renée Smith

Join co-hosts Ellis Starrett and Anne Hansen to explore psychological safety, which is foundational to the success of any human workplace.

Based on the research and teachings of Harvard University’s Dr. Amy Edmondson, we will explore what psychological safety is, the impact on teams in the workplace, and behaviors that create and maintain psychological safety with others. This will be a thought provoking and highly interactive experience.

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 let us know if you need accommodations. Email Renee.Smith@gov.wa.gov with your speicific needs. Thank you and we look forward to you joining us.

To learn more on Psychological Safety check out these links:

  • A short video with Amy Edmondson explaining concepts of psychological safety.

  • A 30 minute podcast on the subject

  • Academic publication of Amy’s research on psychological safety if you really want to dig into the research! ;)

Meet your co-hosts:

Anne Hansen is the Leadership Development Manager at the Department of Enterprise Services, providing learning solutions for state agencies and local governments, including Leading Teams.

Ellis Starrett is a Learning and Development Facilitator at DES and provides Leading Teams facilitation throughout the state. Ellis is an experienced human resources professional with a background in consulting on a range of organizational and HR issues. They have experience leading project teams across Washington State and have supervised teams while with the state and in the private sector. They are committed to making a positive impact for the people of Washington State. Ellis is especially passionate about creating greater access to employment and services for marginalized communities.

April 29, 2019
Jeannie Macnab

Good news!! We are thrilled to announce that A Human Workplace Seattle hold its first gathering on May 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Seattle Municipal Tower.

Bad news: The gathering is already sold out! :(

But the good news is this tells us that interest and need for this community and gathering in Seattle is high. And we need to find a larger venue! We are working on that.

Meanwhile, if you’d like to be placed on a waiting list for May 17 or on the Seattle mailing list for future gatherings, please send an email to humanworkplaceseattle@gmail.com

What to expect at A Human Workplace Seattle

A Human Workplace community gathers to explore, learn, and encourage each other to better practice and advocate for a more loving, human workplace. We are a growing community of like-minded people in Seattle-King County who want to learn, share, and be challenged to to be more human-centered in our work. The focus of A Human Workplace is to shift from fear-based to love-based leadership and teams where real value is delivered and improvement happens continually out of care for people.

Plans for the First Gathering

At the May 17 first gathering, participants will be introduced to A Human Workplace and explore the two primary human emotions - love and fear. Love at work is experienced as acceptance, respect and a sense of belonging. Fear at work is experienced as indifference, rejection, uncertainty and worry. How do we scare people at work? How do we create workplaces that embrace loving, human-centered leadership and teams? Renee Smith, founder of A Human Workplace, will share the origin story of this movement.

Regular host is and lead organizer is Jeannie Macnab and co-hosts are Christina Chang, Marcus Stubblefield and Judy Wells.

The Way We Gather

This community is an open, safe, and welcoming space for all. The goal is for everyone to feel included in this conversation because we all have so much to learn from each other to make us more loving humans. A Human Workplace gathering is characterized by relationships, reflection, dialogue, and active exploration. Don’t expect to be talked at but expect to talk with each other to discover and affirm what’s most important about being human together at work and beyond.

April 18, 2019
Renée Smith

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.

This Community

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.

March 29, 2019
Renée Smith