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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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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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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 […]

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Small Habits with Huge Impact: Cass R. Sunstein

Posted by Liz Fosslien on July 16, 2019 in Humu and friends, 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 […]

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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.

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Announcing Humu’s Advisors

Posted by Jessie Wisdom PhD on June 26, 2019 in Humu and friends, 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.

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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.

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Author and Professor Barry Schwartz on meaning and work

Posted by Liz Fosslien on June 20, 2019 in Humu and friends, 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.

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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?

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What’s New with Humu—June 2019 Edition

Posted by Liz Fosslien on June 11, 2019 in Humu News, Inside Humu

Three scientifically-backed ways to make remote work… work. Plus, everything that's happening at Humu this month.

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Privacy at Humu: Vulnerabilities, Breaches, and Notifications

Posted by Lea Kissner on June 3, 2019 in Engineering, 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.

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How Employee Engagement Surveys Kill Culture

Posted by Laszlo Bock on May 31, 2019 in Humu News, 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.

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What’s New with Humu—May 2019 Edition

Posted by Liz Fosslien on May 14, 2019 in Humu News, Inside Humu, 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 […]

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