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Updates on our mission to make work better through science, machine learning, and a little bit of love.

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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.

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Small habits with huge impact: Don A. Moore

Posted by Cori Land on November 20, 2019 in Humu and friends, 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 […]

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What’s new at Humu—November 2019 Edition

Posted by Liz Fosslien on November 12, 2019 in Humu News, 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, […]

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at Humu

Posted by Liz Fosslien on October 30, 2019 in Engineering, Inside Humu, 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 […]

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Small habits with huge impact: Adam Grant

Posted by Liz Fosslien on October 24, 2019 in Humu and friends, 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 […]

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Humu at GHC—and How Anyone Can Be an Ally

Posted by Liz Fosslien on October 16, 2019 in Humu News, 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 […]

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What’s New with Humu—October 2019 Edition

Posted by Liz Fosslien on October 8, 2019 in Humu News, Newsletter, 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 […]

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LaVerne Council on authentic leadership and being “the first”

Posted by Liz Fosslien on September 26, 2019 in Humu and friends, 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 […]

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Learning to Conquer Imposter Syndrome

Posted by Kat Slump on September 17, 2019 in Engineering, Inside Humu, 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 […]

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What’s New with Humu—September 2019 Edition

Posted by Liz Fosslien on September 10, 2019 in Humu News, Inside Humu, 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 […]

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Small habits with huge impact: Katherine Milkman

Posted by Liz Fosslien on September 4, 2019 in Humu and friends, 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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