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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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