Workhuman is just a little less than 24 hours away, and I’m so excited that I can hardly contain myself. Tonight I will have visions of #sugarplums.
That I am so excited, in spite of the fact that I’m terribly distracted with other things right now, surprises me. But it shouldn’t be surprised. Workhuman is an absolutely awesome conference and I’m sure everyone who has been to Workhuman is looking forward to it.
Let me put this into perspective. My life has been the epitome of upheaval these past six months. I’m exhausted. It has been a whirlwind of hiking, moving to a new locale, and more work than I should’ve taken on. If you’ve wondered why I haven’t been blogging much, this is why.
But I wouldn’t miss Workhuman for anything, exhaustion and all.
This year the conference is taking on a slightly different theme. It feels more timely than ever. Sure, Workhuman is about great people practices, but it takes on more urgency this year than in the past. I can’t hardly wait to hear from the speakers, many who are actively involved in #metoo. I am especially interested in hearing from companies that have chosen the high road on things like pay transparency and pay equity. These are lofty and important ideals, but in a world of supply and demand not always so easy to hold to. How did they implement? What had to change? How did they/will they get past the notion of it being compliance and more importantly good business? How did it/will it become a part of their culture?
Workhuman is also a reminder to me that life does sometimes go in odd twists and turns but it is important to get back to the things that matter. While there I will be with people I love, try to get enough sleep, get around on my feet, eat well, experience new things, and learn. I am reminded that I learn best when the other aspects of life are in balance.
For those that are attending, I’d like you to write down how you feel right now. Identify your general mood, and the personal goals that are closest to your chest. In addition, identify what at your workplace has to change for you to feel like you’re making a difference. Then, when the next four days are over, look back on what you’ve written and determine what you have gained by attending and what you’ll do next.
I can hardly wait to see what we all come up with. Here’s to Workhuman.