In an era of viral negativity where clashing political candidates and nameless cyber bullies rule the web, conversations about positivity and happiness seem few and far between. Americans are working harder than ever and continually finding themselves more and more stressed out.
At the WorkHuman conference this spring, I took a very Zen approach to connecting with people. It worked out beautifully. Over the course of three days, I met several fascinating people who had interesting things to share about their world. In turn, I was able to share my knowledge as well, providing information that would be useful to their areas of interest.
Last week I had the distinct pleasure of attending WorkHuman 2016, hosted by Globoforce in Orlando, FL. The conference – in its second year – was action-packed, engaging, and fun. While there were many exciting, fun activities, speeches, and breakout sessions, I would be remiss if I didn’t address my favorite part: experiencing Michael J. Fox.
Last Wednesday, Michael J. Fox bounded up the stage stairs to thunderous applause and a standing ovation. Then he settled in to a club chair on the stage (his first words: “This is a comfy chair!”) and proceeded to school the nearly 1,000 people in attendance on what it means to be human.
A week ago today, I was at the WorkHuman Conference, hosted by Globoforce. Today, as I was facilitating a workshop on Leading Innovation and Change, I was still basking in conference afterglow. Workhuman was packed with insights with some of today’s best thought leaders.
“I can’t believe how lucky I am to be here,” Michael J. Fox told us on Wednesday. We can’t believe how lucky we are to have one of the most beloved actors and dedicated philanthropists join the WorkHuman movement.
Over the course of three days, we heard from educators, researchers, business leaders, and human resource officers who presented on a wide range of approaches to the goal of having a more “human” workplace. The thing is, it sounds great—by all means, human workplaces for everyone! The alternative is a nightmare, right? But what is this human business really all about?
Jennifer Miller from The People Equation explores the life lessons shared by Michael J Fox at WorkHuman 2016, including thoughts on optimism, choice and circumstance, doing your best life’s work, and finding gratitude.
I’ll admit it, I was already sold on Globoforce’s WorkHuman 2016 conference before I ever set foot in Orlando. Word of the inaugural event in 2015 had spread like wildfire in my HR community, with many of my conference-weary colleagues proclaiming this event one of the best—if not the best—conferences they ever attended. High praise indeed.