Keep Work Human

An Unconventional Guide to a Meaningful Work Experience

Justin Zack
3 min readMay 8, 2021


Is it possible to accomplish work without humans?

Even artificial intelligence requires the hands of a human to make work happen. Keep work human is an awkward thing to say if you think too hard about it.

It begs the questions:

  • What is work without humans?
  • What about work is not human?
  • When did work start becoming inhuman? Why?
  • What does it mean to have a human work experience?
  • How does an inhuman work experience change our relationship to work?

All great questions that I am seeking to shed some light on from my own experience as a 10-year veteran knowledge worker in the tech community in a new book that I will be writing in public over the next 3 months.

If you would like to follow along, you can sign up to be a review reader here.

Landing page for review readers with link to draft in progress.

Why write in public?

I am choosing to work on this project publicly for two reasons.

Stay Accountable to the Urge

I have wanted to write a book for more than 8 years. After a long walk this week the book I had inside of me began to emerge as a series of stories that aligned around a burning dissatisfaction that I’ve had in the workplace at different points in my career.

I compared the poor experiences with the better experiences and have formulated what made the difference for me. I would like to share my lessons and observations with others so that others can experience the freedom and joy of work when authenticity and dignity are present.

Sharing my work in public and committing to the work with people choosing to read along the way, will give me the accountability needed to move this project forward.

Two are Better than One

This book is for other people. I want it to be helpful. I am choosing to bring others along to offer…



Justin Zack

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