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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.

Hiring, honeybees, and human decision making

Taking a tip from how teachers grade a stack of tests, “chunking” job applications has been shown to help reduce bias and increase the accuracy in hiring.

Use nudges to make your organization better

Organizations have started using nudges, or simple interventions that change behavior in a predictable way, more deliberately in the last decade. What can HR do to harness the power of behavioral economics to improve the work experience in organizations?

Gusto hires for culture enhancement, not culture fit

See how a fast-growing company finds candidates who will not only thrive in their culture, but enhance it by using cross-functional interviews.

Ten hacks from Code for America to help you hire

Code for America wants tech-savvy civil servants to improve public services. After studying hiring practices at cities and states across the US, they learned that governments needed to use 21st century hiring practices in order to recruit the right talent.

Google explains why "Hiring is the Most Important Thing You Do"

For almost any organization, it’s the employees who make it what it is – doing the actual work and shaping the culture. That’s why hiring is the most important thing organizations do, and it pays to get it right.

Listen to this podcast on how Google hires

Finding, assessing, and hiring exceptional talent is never easy, but there are ways to structure how you screen, interview, and woo candidates to help you make better decisions.