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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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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, Uncategorized

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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Humu Turns Two: To Celebrate Your Culture, Let the Team Take Over

Posted by Liz Fosslien on May 7, 2019 in Humu and friends, Humu News, 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.

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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?

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What’s New with Humu—April 2019 Edition

Posted by Liz Fosslien on April 9, 2019 in Humu News, Inside Humu, 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.

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On the ‘Muve: Our new office

Posted by Liz Fosslien on April 5, 2019 in Humu and friends, Humu News, 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.

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Why Happiness Wins

Posted by Tom Skiba PhD on March 15, 2019 in Inside Humu, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What’s New with Humu—January 2019 Edition

Posted by Meghan Casserly on January 15, 2019 in Humu News, Inside Humu, 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.

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Data Privacy at Humu: Building Systems for Trust to Make Work Better

Posted by Bryan Zimmer on January 9, 2019 in Engineering, 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.

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