An open letter from working parents to our colleagues
Posted by Annie Wickman on May 10, 2020 in
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.
You’re invited: A conversation with Laszlo Bock and Cass R. Sunstein
Posted by Liz Fosslien on April 20, 2020 in
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.
You’re invited: Why resilience beats contingency planning every time
Posted by Liz Fosslien on April 13, 2020 in
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.
How we’re responding to COVID-19
Posted by Laszlo Bock on March 10, 2020 in
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 […]
What’s New at Humu – February 2020 Edition
Posted by Liz Fosslien on February 25, 2020 in
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 […]
A New Look for Humu
Posted by Ben Huggins on February 13, 2020 in
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
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
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
‘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. […]
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at Humu
Posted by Liz Fosslien on October 30, 2019 in
“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 […]
Humu at GHC—and How Anyone Can Be an Ally
Posted by Liz Fosslien on October 16, 2019 in
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 […]
Learning to Conquer Imposter Syndrome
Posted by Kat Slump on September 17, 2019 in
“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
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 […]
High School Students at Humu: The Highlights
Posted by Mariana Orocio on August 22, 2019 in
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 […]
8 Books to Make the Most of Your Beach Time
Posted by Liz Fosslien on July 30, 2019 in
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
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 […]
What’s New with Humu—June 2019 Edition
Posted by Liz Fosslien on June 11, 2019 in
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
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.
What’s New with Humu—May 2019 Edition
Posted by Liz Fosslien on May 14, 2019 in
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
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.
What’s New with Humu—April 2019 Edition
Posted by Liz Fosslien on April 9, 2019 in
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
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
At Humu, the thing we get asked about the most—by our partners, new hires, and the occasional person on the street—is happiness.
Inside Humu: Recruiting a Workforce to Reflect our World
Posted by Joy Ekuta on January 30, 2019 in
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
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.
Inside Humu: 12 Ways We Celebrate Culture at Humu
Posted by Meghan Casserly on December 12, 2018 in
Customs we celebrate year-round to keep the Humu work culture bright.