Sometimes it seems as if the idea of talking about love in a work situation can bring people out in a rash.  It’s just not British is it?  Much less challenging to talk about ‘engagement’ or ‘commitment’.

But whatever we call it, most people would thrive in a workplace underpinned by compassion, kindness, gratitude, fairness, patience – and that’s love isn’t it?

We’ve pulled together five of our favourite articles and videos on this topic for those of you up to it.


Is talking about love at work the ‘final frontier’? We have lots of love for The Eth Word, and this is a particular favourite.  Ruth Ibegbuna, CEO of RECLAIM, says we get far more from one another and experience ‘a higher level of interaction’  from a foundation of love. and so we can thrive in the workplace.

Brian Draper shared an experience on Thought for the Day of working with a global organisation to help their people ‘become more human’ (the mind boggles!).  “My colleague wondered whether they could explore the subject of love,” explained Brian. “There was an awkward pause. Followed, by nervous, and then uproarious, laughter”.  In most large global businesses the response would be much the same.  In these organisations the concept of love is irrelevant.  But it doesn’t have to be so.


“There is IQ and there is EQ,” ​Ma says​. “But more important is LQ. You can become a money machine, but what’s the use of that? If you’re not contributing to the rest of the world, there’s no LQ …”
Still find yourself apologising when you use words like compassion and kindness?  But if you don’t have love how can you have trust?  John Rosling explores this in a 1 minute watch.
Plenty, argues Wendy Lea.  When you have such a strong connection to a mission or idea that it inspires you to take risks, your company can soar and your customers benefit.  Love is what drives us all: a feeling of connection to a mission or idea that is so strong that it inspires us to put ourselves on the line, and gives us the courage to create something from the ground up.
 Photo by Nathan Lemon on Unsplash