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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?

Use the proven power of stories to explain science and data

To effectively communicate science — or anything, really — you need to know two things: your audience and your goal. To make your findings stick, tell a story.

re:Worker story: Starting small by bringing data to hiring

As the sole HR person at a small company, I decided to take a page from re:Work and run my own experiments to see how data could improve our people-related decisions.

How graduate students can help you translate HR theories into practice

Even with the rise of people analytics, there is still a large gap between what organizational science recommends and what organizations actually do. Partnering with graduate students is one way to close this gap.

Mapping employee chitchat can reveal information blockages

By measuring the day-to-day interactions between employees, organizations can map how information gets shared and actually make work, and their businesses, better.

HR Information Systems 2.0: Integrating People Analytics

How Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS) is taught hasn’t changed much in decades while workplaces have undergone a technological and data revolution. To prepare future business leaders, we have the opportunity to rethink how business schools teach and leverage HRIS.

How our nonprofit partners with academics to conduct internal HR research

You don’t need a department of in-house social scientists to do your own people research. Partnering with an academic can be a win-win, furthering the science and helping you make data-driven organizational decisions.

Bringing behavioral science to the White House

The idea of using behavioral science to help government agencies more effectively serve their constituents sounds great. But how do you build a high-impact, science-based organization within the government when you have no budget and no formal authority?

Let’s use People Analytics to change how we teach HR

The way MBAs learn HR management hasn’t changed in decades. Whether it’s lectures, case discussions, or sophisticated simulations, students make a recommendation based on intuition, not data. Business schools need a different script to teach HR.

Check out the re:Work pay equity guide

Designing and auditing fair pay practices are steps organizations everywhere can take to create more equitable workplaces. Check out the re:Work guide on pay equity to learn what you can be doing now.

How the “what’s your current salary?” question hurts the gender pay gap

In 2015 we added 8,214 employees to Google. And the women we hired, on average, received a 30 percent bigger salary increase upon joining the company, compared to men. Does that sound fair to you?

Data from the lunchroom could inform the boardroom

Does lunch table size impact workplace productivity? By using analytics and mapping interactions, we found that increasing lunch table size boosted performance by 10%. And the approach has implications reaching far beyond the cafeteria.

Stories and experiments from the UK Nudge Unit

“It’s easy to get 25 people to change the way they deliver a service, but how about 25,000?” This is the challenge that Joanne Reinhard of Britain's "Ministry of Nudges" faces as she experiments with better ways to scale influence and impact.

People Analytics - where HR meets science at Google

"All people decisions at Google should be based on data and analytics." That's where Google's People Analytics group started, but Prasad Setty, Vice President of Analytics, Benefits and Compensation, explained how far the team has come.