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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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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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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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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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Seven Ways Gratitude Makes Work Better

Posted by Molly Sands PhD on November 14, 2018 in People Science

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 People Science

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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