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Postmortem culture: how you can learn from failure

Failures are an inevitable part of innovation and can provide great data to make products, services, and organizations better. Google uses “postmortems” to capture and share the lessons of failure.

Innovation isn’t rocket science

According to IDEO, the leaders of organizations who successfully build innovative cultures exhibit the same five behaviors.

New re:Work guides on innovation

Innovation can happen anywhere in an organization. Get tips on how to encourage more innovative behavior and grow your people's ability to solve problems in new and creative ways.

Leaders in People Analytics: Merck & Co. on the research-practice divide

Sometimes it’s less about what data you have and more about how you communicate it to the rest of your business. Learn how Geetanjali Gamel, Director of Workforce Analytics and Planning at Merck & Co., Inc. and her team use research to influence decision making.

Google’s commitment to fair and equitable pay

Fairness is critical to everything we do at Google, and that extends to our people. Googlers’ experiences -- of things like compensation, performance ratings, and promotion -- should be based on what they do, not who they are.

Great managers still matter: the evolution of Google’s Project Oxygen

Google has learned more about managers since the original Project Oxygen research study in 2008. As the company has grown, we found that Googlers rely on their managers to make clear decisions and facilitate collaboration across teams.

It’s time to structure flexibility

There’s a flexibility gap: 80% of companies say they offer some form of flexibility, but only 19% of employees report having access to it. The solution, ironically, is to add more structure to flexibility.

How Google uses data, structure, and science to hire

Hiring is a challenge for organizations of all sizes, but by using some science-backed structures and methods, the process can be made fairer, more efficient, and more accurate.

Six HR metrics anyone can start tracking

Measuring people-related processes is challenging. Namely, an HR software company, shares the top six metrics they've found to be most useful for organizations.

How the Federal Government surveys one million employees

Each year, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) measures employee attitudes across all Executive Branch agencies and makes each agency’s results public.

2017 re:Cap

This year we covered teams in space, heard from re:Workers in small businesses, and shared new resources from other organizations. Here’s some of our most popular content from the past year.

Whisper courses: on-the-job microlearning with email

Make learning stick. See how Google uses bite-sized lessons to help managers build psychological safety within their teams.

New tool: Build a shared vision with your team

Bring meaning to your team’s work. Check out this re:Work tool on how to set and communicate a team vision with your team.

Listen to this podcast on how Google develops great managers

Managers have a big influence on the culture and happiness of the workplace. Hear from Google’s manager development team on how they select, train, and support managers.

How Google thinks about team effectiveness

Learn about Google’s internal research effort to understand what makes an effective team, and what your organization can do to build great teams.

New guide: Create an employee-to-employee learning program

Get tools and tips to run an employee-to-employee learning program and support an organizational culture of learning.

Lessons from the classroom: how educators nudge students

The Behavioral Insights Team partnered with Pearson Education to arm educators with practical tools to help students achieve their academic goals. Organizations should pay attention, too.

Google’s head of People Analytics talks making work better

For Google, an amazing workplace starts with an inspiring culture that brings meaning to people and their work and is reinforced with people-centered, data-driven decision making.

Avoiding loss to make big gains in employee wellness

People tend to be more influenced by potential losses than gains. This human “flaw” can be thoughtfully used to nudge employees to follow through on health and wellness commitments.

Nudge employees to save more for retirement

Google partnered with a team of researchers to see if nudging employees to save more to their 401(k)s by “anchoring” them to a higher savings goal could work. It did.