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How HR can help pave the way during unprecedented times

Posted by Caribay Garcia on March 31, 2020 in

In light of COVID-19, organizations are implementing unprecedented shifts in how they work.  Here are five ways HR can leverage their existing skills and position to support others during these challenging times.

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How to be a great virtual leader 

Posted by Tom Skiba PhD on March 26, 2020 in

COVID-19 has shut down your office. Fortunately for you and your team, you can still work from home—but the way you’ll be working looks very different.  With the watercooler, face-to-face meetings, and casual walk-bys gone for now, leaders need to be extra deliberate in the way they manage their teams. Here are five scientifically-backed tips to help your team thrive in its new virtual reality. 

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Leading through a crisis

Posted by Tom Skiba PhD on March 24, 2020 in

In the face of uncertainty, a leader's actions can make all the difference.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Small habits with huge impact: Don A. Moore

Posted by Cori Land on November 20, 2019 in

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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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 […]

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Small habits with huge impact: Adam Grant

Posted by Liz Fosslien on October 24, 2019 in

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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What’s New with Humu—October 2019 Edition

Posted by Liz Fosslien on October 8, 2019 in

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

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

“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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Small habits with huge impact: Katherine Milkman

Posted by Liz Fosslien on September 4, 2019 in

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

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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Want Better Feedback? How To Build the Trust it Takes

Posted by Tom Skiba PhD on August 7, 2019 in

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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Small Habits with Huge Impact: Cass R. Sunstein

Posted by Liz Fosslien on July 16, 2019 in

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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Why the Best Way to Hire is Incredibly Boring

Posted by Laszlo Bock on June 25, 2019 in

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

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

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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How Employee Engagement Surveys Kill Culture

Posted by Laszlo Bock on May 31, 2019 in

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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Can a bad manager make you like your job… more?

Posted by Stefanie Tignor PhD on April 23, 2019 in

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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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.

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Seven Ways Gratitude Makes Work Better

Posted by Molly Sands PhD on November 14, 2018 in

From Humu's resident expert in emotion: these scientifically-validated benefits of gratitude at work will make every "thank you" a little more powerful.

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The Science of Speaking Up: Behavioral Science & Election Day

Posted by Jessie Wisdom PhD on November 2, 2018 in

And as big believers in the efficacy of nudges, or micro-interventions, we’re fascinated by the growing number of behavioral science principles at play in driving democracy these days.

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