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What Humu Values

Posted by Liz Fosslien

At Humu, our mission is to make work better. Today, we’re publicly sharing the values that define our internal culture and that inspire us to work towards our goal each day. Introducing Humu’s Values: Amplify, Empathize, Invest, and Execute Our four core values guide how we show up and make decisions. They inform how we […]

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You’re invited: Supporting New Hires With Better Remote Onboarding

Posted by Liz Fosslien

Starting a job is always nerve-wracking—but even more so when you’re joining a distributed team. People who onboard remotely are at higher risk for isolation, impostor syndrome, and overwhelm. What can leaders do to help new hires have a smoother, less stressful onboarding experience when everyone is working from home? Join us for a candid […]

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Your Humu Nudges, Now All in One Place

Posted by Liz Fosslien

At Humu, we know that small, consistent steps sum up to profound improvement. That’s why our nudges are built to make action easy.  Every Humu nudge contains a short, personalized recommendation with a clear call-to-action. Unlike notifications, which become less effective the more often they’re sent, nudges are the opposite: across customers, we find that […]

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You’re invited: What’s next? How HR can Pave the way

Posted by Liz Fosslien

Join us for a discussion on Wednesday, August 12th at 9am PT about how HR can pave the way forward, hosted by Silicon Valley Bank Financial Group Chief Human Resources Officer Chris Edmonds-Waters and our CEO Laszlo Bock.

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8 Ways the Humu Team is Investing in Their Well-Being During Quarantine

Posted by Emily Bock

Because of the pandemic, many people (myself included) have been looking for new strategies and activities to keep themselves happy and healthy. At Humu, we know that small actions can have a big impact on how we feel—and on how we make others feel. I decided to talk to eight members of the Humu team to hear what they’re doing to invest in their well-being during quarantine.

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5 Tips to Prevent Employee Burnout and Protect Your Team’s Emotional Health

Posted by Jake Goldwasser

Your workplace might not go back to normal, but large-scale shifts can be an opportunity to reset the culture of your organization. This is the time to ask yourself: What changes can I make to set my people up for success?

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An open letter from working parents to our colleagues

Posted by Annie Wickman

The danger with adjusting to a new normal—to viewing anything we’re going through as “normal”—is that we’ll start to let some of the deliberate empathy-building practices we put in place slip.

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You’re invited: A conversation with Laszlo Bock and Cass R. Sunstein

Posted by Liz Fosslien

How can business leaders and policymakers use behavioral science to combat the COVID crisis? Join Laszlo Bock and Cass Sunstein for a candid webinar conversation.

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You’re invited: Why resilience beats contingency planning every time

Posted by Liz Fosslien

Join us for a live webinar on Thursday, April 16th at 9am PT with Humu CEO and co-founder Laszlo Bock and People Scientist Dr. Molly Sands about how leaders can help their people build resilience in the face of crisis.

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How we’re responding to COVID-19

Posted by Laszlo Bock

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe, many organizations have already implemented unprecedented shifts in how they work. This is a historic time that requires all of us to be adaptable, resilient, and supportive of one another in the face of uncertainty. At Humu, we’ve made it a priority to do our part to […]

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What’s New at Humu – February 2020 Edition

Posted by Liz Fosslien

At Humu, we get it. Working together isn’t always smooth sailing. Humans are complex. Even if you have great people on a team, interpersonal friction can slow them down.  What if a tiny nudge—in the right moment, personalized to the individual—could make everything easier? What’s a nudge, anyway? The word “nudge” gets thrown around a […]

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A New Look for Humu

Posted by Ben Huggins

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 […]

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What’s New at Humu – January 2020 Edition

Posted by Liz Fosslien

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 […]

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Creating Community with a Global Team

Posted by Jake Goldwasser

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 […]

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What’s new at Humu—December 2019 Edition

Posted by Liz Fosslien

‘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. […]

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at Humu

Posted by Liz Fosslien

“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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Humu at GHC—and How Anyone Can Be an Ally

Posted by Liz Fosslien

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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Learning to Conquer Imposter Syndrome

Posted by Kat Slump

“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

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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High School Students at Humu: The Highlights

Posted by Mariana Orocio

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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8 Books to Make the Most of Your Beach Time

Posted by Liz Fosslien

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

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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What’s New with Humu—June 2019 Edition

Posted by Liz Fosslien

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

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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What’s New with Humu—May 2019 Edition

Posted by Liz Fosslien

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 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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What’s New with Humu—April 2019 Edition

Posted by Liz Fosslien

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

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

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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Inside Humu: Recruiting a Workforce to Reflect our World

Posted by Joy Ekuta

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

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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Inside Humu: 12 Ways We Celebrate Culture at Humu

Posted by Meghan Casserly

Customs we celebrate year-round to keep the Humu work culture bright. 

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