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Blog Post: Tom Friedman and Laura Tyson debate the "good" jobs economy

Societal changes, Friedman argued, are removing the proverbial glass ceiling for top performers, but the floor is falling out from underneath low-income workers who are suffering from wage stagnat...

Blog Post: Achieve your resolutions using the science of temptation bundling

Dr. Katherine Milkman, Assistant Professor of Operations and Information Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, has been studying how “temptation bundling” can be used...
Goal Setting

Blog Post: Superpowers at work: OKRs

By focusing on a few priorities, identifying the metrics that measure progress towards those goals, and quantifying the impact of that progress, OKRs equipped teams at Google with what they needed ...
Goal Setting

Blog Post: How civility matters for you and your network

Civility pays. In a recent study we conducted at a biotech firm, we found that employees seen as civil were more likely to be sought for information, and twice as likely to be viewed as leaders. An...

Blog Post: Many hands may not make light work

Eventually, all the important work is done before and after meetings by four or five influential members. As Parkinson would have it, and numerous studies now confirm, many hands do not make light ...

Blog Post: How the US Army uses data to improve the lives of soldiers

Lester’s team has built an enormous database for securely and anonymously analyzing and experimenting with that data. They have run analyses on over 16,000 soldiers entering basic training to dete...

Blog Post: Be thankful for the power of gratitude

Think of a time when something really good happened to you-- you landed a new job, you had a great dinner with a friend, you took an amazing vacation. At the time, you probably thought, “I am so ha...

Blog Post: How employees and managers can combat unconscious bias

Why is reducing the influence of unconscious bias, or "unbiasing” as it's called at Google, so difficult? For starters, you're dealing with the unconscious and there’s a lot going on behind the sce...
Unbiasing

Blog Post: Let’s make work better

After working in a variety of jobs and industries early in my career, I was frustrated by how leaders spoke of putting people first, and then treated them like replaceable gears. It just didn’t mak...

Blog Post: Job crafting and creating meaning in your work

Wrzesniewski studied hospital maintenance workers to look at how job crafting affected their work experience and morale. She set up two groups - one simply followed the job description while the s...

Blog Post: Scientifically, happiness can be a choice

At a fundamental level, happiness is a choice based upon how we devote those resources. If you were in a high school science class right now, they’d be teaching you that “you are your genes and env...

Blog Post: Encourage employee voice with managerial responsiveness

As the new Director of Life Quality Programming, she was very motivated to make a difference, and quickly developed relationships throughout the organization. She also came up with lots of ideas on...

Blog Post: People Analytics - where HR meets science at Google

At the re:Work 2014 event, Setty spoke about how his team uses data and analytics to inform its people decisions, from benefits to promotions to hiring. Setty explained Google’s approach starts wi...
People Analytics

Blog Post: Data from the lunchroom could inform the boardroom

We spend the majority of our waking hours at work. If you’re lucky, those hours are in a workplace that energizes and empowers you. But for many, it’s in a constraining environment, and work is a s...
People Analytics

Blog Post: Wegmans and Google on what a grocer and tech company have in common

At the 2014 re:Work event, Laszlo Bock, Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google, had a conversation with Jack DePeters, Senior Vice President of Store Operations at Wegmans, about som...

Blog Post: How do you innovate at scale within the federal government?

Speaking at the 2014 re:Work event, Sivak, former Chief Technology Officer for the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), shared strategies used at the federal level for developing inno...

Blog Post: Bring International Day of Happiness in-house

The International Day of Happiness is a global event celebrated by the United Nations to highlight their development goals which seek to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our planet – thr...

Blog Post: Tell us what’s working for you

Take this short survey and tell us. In the five months since we launched re:Work, users from all over the world have been exploring and using the practices and ideas shared on the site. So far it s...

Case Study: Motivating Employees Through a Deeper Sense of Purpose

KPMG KPMG, the audit, tax, and advisory firm, has enjoyed high employee morale for the last several years— about 80% of its 29,000 professionals say it is a great place to work. But the firm wanted...

Blog Post: Helping HR get a seat at the table

At the re:Work 2014 event, Brandon Jackson, of Google's "Seating Insights Team," gave a talk about an innovative new tool to help the people side of the organization join the conversation with the...