The Humu Nudge Engine is Making Work Better—Here’s How
Posted by Laszlo Bock on October 8, 2018 in Humu News
By combining research, technology, and humanity, Humu measures what matters inside organizations to focus attention and action on the incremental—but dramatic—changes that lead to a stronger, happier, and more productive workplace.
A New Look for Humu
Posted by Ben Huggins on February 13, 2020 in Inside Humu
Exciting news! We’re introducing new illustrations to help us better communicate in a clear, approachable way. Last year, our team ran research to evaluate the effectiveness of our old, fish-themed style. We loved the fish (and still do!) but it became clear that there was a mismatch between the perception of those fish illustrations and […]
What’s New at Humu – January 2020 Edition
Posted by Liz Fosslien on January 22, 2020 in People Science
Welcome to 2020! We’re using the start of the new year, a natural reflection point, as a chance to look at how much we’ve grown since we first announced the Nudge Engine® a little over a year ago. (We encourage you to also set aside time to intentionally celebrate your wins. Research shows that people […]
Creating Community with a Global Team
Posted by Jake Goldwasser on January 14, 2020 in People Science
At Humu, our mission is to make work better. And we don’t just mean better here in sunny California – we mean in every corner of the world. We also know that countries and regions have distinct work cultures, and that to deploy our technology globally, we need the help of locals everywhere. My background […]
What’s new at Humu—December 2019 Edition
Posted by Liz Fosslien on December 12, 2019 in Newsletter
‘Tis the season for gifting! And as you might already know, one of the best things you can give your team is the gift of feedback (it’s a cliche for a reason). By outlining the specific steps someone can take to level up, you help them learn and grow—and set themselves up for long-term success. […]
Small habits with huge impact: Don A. Moore
Posted by Cori Land on November 20, 2019 in People Science
At Humu, our mission is to make work better, and we regularly get the chance to talk to inspiring minds in academia, business, and government. When we do, we ask questions that we hope will help everyone—everywhere—benefit and grow from the advice, routines, and practices these experts share. A few weeks ago, I was delighted […]
What’s new at Humu—November 2019 Edition
Posted by Liz Fosslien on November 12, 2019 in Newsletter
Imagine your team is gathered in a conference room, brainstorming ways to fix a pressing problem. The group starts to converge on an idea, when an easier and far more cost-effective solution pops into your head. But instead of saying something, you immediately second-guess yourself. You’ve never felt very comfortable being yourself around your coworkers, […]
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at Humu
Posted by Liz Fosslien on October 30, 2019 in People Science
“A lot of stories are never told. This month is an opportunity to talk about them.” – Alberto Melgoza, Engineer, Humu At Humu, we know that the best workplaces are those in which all individuals feel safe being their true selves and valued for everything that makes them unique. With that in mind, we kicked […]
Small habits with huge impact: Adam Grant
Posted by Liz Fosslien on October 24, 2019 in People Science
At Humu, our mission is to make work better, and we regularly get the chance to talk to inspiring minds in academia, business, and government. When we do, we ask questions that we hope will help everyone—everywhere—benefit and grow from the advice, routines, and practices these experts share. Today, I’m delighted to speak with Wharton […]
Humu at GHC—and How Anyone Can Be an Ally
Posted by Liz Fosslien on October 16, 2019 in Inside Humu
In early October, four members of our team flew to Orlando, Florida to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC), where they joined more than 26,000 women technologists and allies from different backgrounds to share ideas, gain new perspectives, and get to know each other. Though we’re still a small organization, we quickly decided it was […]
What’s New with Humu—October 2019 Edition
Posted by Liz Fosslien on October 8, 2019 in People Science
Do you secretly suspect that you’re not good enough to be doing your job? Or that if you took on a more visible role, your coworkers would quickly discover that you’re a fraud? You’re not alone. Over two thirds of people will experience this kind of self-doubt, known as imposter syndrome, at some point in […]
LaVerne Council on authentic leadership and being “the first”
Posted by Liz Fosslien on September 26, 2019 in People Science
Could the key to successful teamwork be… line dancing? When LaVerne Council’s team members kept butting heads, she decided to use line dancing as part of a team building activity. Initially, the experiment was a disaster. The team was wildly out of sync, and people constantly stepped on each other’s toes. But over time, they […]
Learning to Conquer Imposter Syndrome
Posted by Kat Slump on September 17, 2019 in People Science
“Am I good enough to work here?” This is what I kept asking myself as I sat at my desk, struggling to solve a problem. As a new Software Engineer at Humu, I worried that if I failed to figure out a solution, people would realize that I didn’t deserve my job. As my anxiety […]
What’s New with Humu—September 2019 Edition
Posted by Liz Fosslien on September 10, 2019 in Newsletter
It’s back-to-school season! Which makes this the perfect time for a quick self-reflection: when was the last time you learned something new at work? If you’re struggling to remember, it might be time to bump growth up to a top priority. Continually seeking opportunities to develop your skill-set has oh-so-many benefits: it can counteract anxiety […]
Small habits with huge impact: Katherine Milkman
Posted by Liz Fosslien on September 4, 2019 in People Science
At Humu, our mission is to make work better, and we regularly get the chance to talk to inspiring minds in academia, business, and government. When we do, we ask questions that we hope will help everyone—everywhere—benefit and grow from the advice, routines, and practices these leaders share. Today, I had the pleasure of speaking […]
How to Make Remote Work Work
Posted by Rachel Callan on August 29, 2019 in People Science
If you’ve ever worked remotely, you’re probably familiar with the saying “Out of sight, out of mind.” Unfortunately, remote employees are more likely to feel excluded or left out of the loop than those who head into an office each day. Luckily, there are small changes teams can make to help all members—even those calling […]
High School Students at Humu: The Highlights
Posted by Mariana Orocio on August 22, 2019 in Inside Humu
Meet Noe, Ariana, and Juan (pictured above diving into books by Humu authors)! At Humu, our mission is to make work better for everyone, everywhere. Which is why, earlier this summer, we welcomed high school students Noe, Juan, and Ariana for a three-week internship at our Mountain View HQ. The goal of the internship was […]
What’s New with Humu—August 2019 Edition
Posted by Liz Fosslien on August 13, 2019 in Newsletter
Ah August, when on any given day, half your team is out for vacation (or, if you’re in Europe, possibly your entire team). While these weeks are often referred to as “the lazy days of summer,” we’ve found that the opposite can be true: fewer people in the office means fewer meetings and distractions, which […]
Want Better Feedback? How To Build the Trust it Takes
Posted by Tom Skiba PhD on August 7, 2019 in People Science
Positive change depends on trust. To make work better, you first need to figure out what exactly needs to become better. For example: Are important decisions made in an opaque and confusing way? Is it hard for employees to get the valuable feedback they need to learn and grow? Or do people want more opportunities […]
8 Books to Make the Most of Your Beach Time
Posted by Liz Fosslien on July 30, 2019 in Inside Humu
As major book enthusiasts, we consider summer to be reading season. And while we’re admittedly big fans of juicy tell-alls and spellbinding fiction, we get equally excited about diving into books about how to make work better. Yes, we’re passionate about our mission even when we’re lying out at the beach, fruity drink in hand. […]
Office Rituals and Creating Culture: 4 Habits That Make Humu Humu
Posted by Liz Fosslien on July 25, 2019 in Inside Humu
Habits and organizational norms helped the manufacturer Alcoa become one of the safest—and most profitable—companies in the world. In the late 1980’s, after a fatal accident killed a plant manager, Alcoa’s CEO sent a note to everyone at the organization. In it, he encouraged employees to be vocal about how to improve safety—and to call […]
Small Habits with Huge Impact: Cass R. Sunstein
Posted by Liz Fosslien on July 16, 2019 in People Science
Welcome to the first in a series of interviews that will spotlight the wisdom and habits of some of the world’s most interesting people. At Humu, our mission is to make work better, and we regularly get the chance to talk to inspiring minds in academia, business, and government. When we do, we ask questions […]
What’s New with Humu—July 2019 Edition
Posted by Liz Fosslien on July 9, 2019 in Newsletter
Vacations—real, no-work-email vacations—increase our well-being, creativity, and performance, and act as a booster shot against burnout. Here are three scientifically-backed nudges to help you start building your vacation muscles.
Announcing Humu’s Advisors
Posted by Jessie Wisdom PhD on June 26, 2019 in Humu News
At Humu, our mission is to make work better with behavioral science, machine learning, and a little bit of love. To help us achieve that goal, we’re thrilled to formally announce Cass R. Sunstein, Adam Grant, Katherine Milkman, Ethan Burris, and Amy Wrzesniewski as Humu advisors that will be providing us with strategic advice and expert counsel.
Why the Best Way to Hire is Incredibly Boring
Posted by Laszlo Bock on June 25, 2019 in People Science
The truth is, the best way to hire isn’t outrageous, groundbreaking, or clickbaity. It’s incredibly structured and boring. And that’s why no one does it.
Author and Professor Barry Schwartz on meaning and work
Posted by Liz Fosslien on June 20, 2019 in People Science
We were lucky enough to have the Professor and best-selling author Barry Schwartz join our CEO Laszlo Bock a few weeks ago for a lunch-and-learn at the Humu offices. Here are a few highlights from the discussion.
Help! Four ways to keep your cool in a workplace confrontation
Posted by Molly Sands PhD on June 14, 2019 in People Science
Picture this: you’re quietly working, enjoying a cup of coffee, when a colleague approaches. “I need to talk to you,” they hiss, folding their arms over their chest. Your heart rate spikes, your palms sweat, and your throat feels dry. What should you do next?
What’s New with Humu—June 2019 Edition
Posted by Liz Fosslien on June 11, 2019 in Inside Humu
Three scientifically-backed ways to make remote work… work. Plus, everything that's happening at Humu this month.
Privacy at Humu: Vulnerabilities, Breaches, and Notifications
Posted by Lea Kissner on June 3, 2019 in Inside Humu
At Humu, we want to build a world where people are treated with humanity, respect, and consideration. That’s why, as a company, we’ve made a commitment to doing what’s right, whether by sharing insights from our research teams or by volunteering in our communities. Because to truly make work better, it takes a village.
How Employee Engagement Surveys Kill Culture
Posted by Laszlo Bock on May 31, 2019 in People Science
It only takes one engagement survey to destroy the company culture you’ve worked years to create. I’ve seen this pattern happen at too many organizations. Leadership sets out with the best intentions: to increase happiness, well-being, and inclusion at work. They know that the best place to start is to ask employees for feedback on what’s going well and what needs attention. And then they make a fatal mistake.
What’s New with Humu—May 2019 Edition
Posted by Liz Fosslien on May 14, 2019 in Newsletter
What should you do when you’re stressed at work, but have little control over the underlying stressor? Our team is familiar with the normal ups and downs that occur at a rapidly growing startup. It helps that we’re an incredibly supportive group, but we also successfully navigate it all by practicing emotion regulation—science speak for […]
Humu Turns Two: To Celebrate Your Culture, Let the Team Take Over
Posted by Liz Fosslien on May 7, 2019 in Inside Humu
On May 1st, a momentous thing happened… Humu turned two! To celebrate how far Humu has come—as a company, as a product, and as a team—we took to the Santa Cruz mountains for a day of cooking, collaborating, and competing. Even better, the whole event was self-planned.
Can a bad manager make you like your job… more?
Posted by Stefanie Tignor PhD on April 23, 2019 in People Science
When we dug into real organizational data, we found that in some cases, having a bad manager can actually make you more likely to stay at your job. How is that possible?
What’s New with Humu—April 2019 Edition
Posted by Liz Fosslien on April 9, 2019 in Newsletter
While 24/7 happiness isn’t possible, here are five tiny tweaks to increase the positive emotions you experience, help you feel more passionate about your job, and feel a sense of belonging at work.
On the ‘Muve: Our new office
Posted by Liz Fosslien on April 5, 2019 in Inside Humu
We moved! To show you our new space—and the thought that went into designing it—we asked the team to share their favorite things about our new digs.
Why Happiness Wins
Posted by Tom Skiba PhD on March 15, 2019 in People Science
At Humu, the thing we get asked about the most—by our partners, new hires, and the occasional person on the street—is happiness.
What’s New with Humu—March 2019 Edition
Posted by Meghan Casserly on March 12, 2019 in Newsletter
And at Humu HQ, March is about highlighting the contributions of the women in our field who are taking great strides and giant leaps in the mission to make work better.
What’s New with Humu—February 2019 Edition
Posted by Meghan Casserly on February 12, 2019 in Newsletter
The latest dispatch from Humu HQ. What we're loving, what we're learning, and what we're doing in the month of February.
Inside Humu: Recruiting a Workforce to Reflect our World
Posted by Joy Ekuta on January 30, 2019 in Inside Humu
To make work better, buzzwords aren’t enough. A primer on how we've designed recruiting at Humu to bust bias—and an invitation to join us.
What’s New with Humu—January 2019 Edition
Posted by Meghan Casserly on January 15, 2019 in Newsletter
We’re more than doubling the team at Humu this year, and moving to a (much!) bigger office to continue our efforts to make work better. That means hiring the best and the brightest from all walks of life.
Data Privacy at Humu: Building Systems for Trust to Make Work Better
Posted by Bryan Zimmer on January 9, 2019 in Humu News
Humu’s investment in both privacy and security is a part of our commitment to keeping a little bit of love in everything we do. That love and care of the data we’re trusted with is a critical part of our mission.
Inside Humu: 12 Ways We Celebrate Culture at Humu
Posted by Meghan Casserly on December 12, 2018 in Newsletter
Customs we celebrate year-round to keep the Humu work culture bright.
Seven Ways Gratitude Makes Work Better
Posted by Molly Sands PhD on November 14, 2018 in People Science
From Humu's resident expert in emotion: these scientifically-validated benefits of gratitude at work will make every "thank you" a little more powerful.
Talking Culture with Salesforce & Great Place to Work
Posted by Laszlo Bock on November 12, 2018 in Humu and friends
A few weeks back, as a part of Humu’s participation in the 2018 Dreamforce Conference in San Francisco, I got the chance to participate in a breakfast session with two people I admire: Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work and Jody Kohner, SVP of Employee Experience at Salesforce. Over breakfast with more than […]
What’s New With Humu—November 2018
Posted by Meghan Casserly on November 6, 2018 in Newsletter
Happy Election Day! There’s a lot at stake this midterm cycle, so for those of you in the States—whatever your political views—I hope you’ve carved out time to cast your votes. (Apologies in advance to non-US folks for what might be a bit of an Americana overkill. Feel free to stop reading and we’ll catch up […]
The Science of Speaking Up: Behavioral Science & Election Day
Posted by Jessie Wisdom PhD on November 2, 2018 in People Science
And as big believers in the efficacy of nudges, or micro-interventions, we’re fascinated by the growing number of behavioral science principles at play in driving democracy these days.
What’s New With Humu—October 2018
Posted by Meghan Casserly on October 9, 2018 in Newsletter
After 18 months of piloting, Humu has swum out of stealth mode to unveil the Nudge Engine—technology that transforms organizations at scale using small, personal steps based on science, machine learning, and a little love.
What’s New With Humu—September 2018
Posted by Meghan Casserly on September 10, 2018 in Newsletter
After 16 months of product development and quiet deployment with an incredible group of partners, we’re swimming out of stealth-mode later this month. Watch our social channels for the latest breaking news.
Non-Solicit Agreements: Why They’re Wrong For Humu—And Silicon Valley
Posted by Laszlo Bock on August 22, 2018 in Humu News
This post was originally published as “Employee Poaching is Good For Business—Here’s Why” on Fast Company. There’s a lot to love about Silicon Valley. Some of the world’s most talented people tackling massive business challenges; flat, meritocratic cultures; an empowerment of employee voice that allows them to make real change happen. And of course the […]
What’s New With Humu—August 2018
Posted by Meghan Casserly on August 14, 2018 in Newsletter
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What’s New With Humu—July 2018
Posted by emilyhumu on July 9, 2018 in Newsletter
Ahhh, summer. The warmer weather on both coasts has us feeling extra social, and we’re sharing some seasonal research to help navigate the dog days whether you’re holding down the fort at work or taking some much needed time off. What we’re doing… Humu has been logging major miles this summer, traveling to see our […]
Inside Humu: How Moving from Google Domains to Google Cloud DNS Was Painful—And How We Fixed It
Posted by Yonatan Zunger on June 18, 2018 in Engineering
This blog post is the first in an intermittent series about things we’ve learned in our first year as a startup. The goal of these posts is to help others avoid the same misery—and to make work better. ← see what we did there?
What’s New With Humu—June 2018
Posted by Meghan Casserly on June 5, 2018 in Newsletter
Schools (almost!) out for summer. We’re feeling the air of anticipation at Humu HQ, where between us we’re parents to 14 small humans, 10 dogs, 4 cats (two of which are hairless Sphynx), 2 chinchillas and a parrot, all of them vying for our attention. But there’s no rest for the team in Mountain View! […]
One Year of Science, Machine Learning, and Love
Posted by Wayne Crosby on April 30, 2018 in Humu News
Today marks an important milestone for the Humu team. It’s the culmination of twelve months of developing and deploying behavioral change technology that helps people become happier and more productive at work, in real time. And it also sets the compass for the next phase of the company as we continue on our mission of […]