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Blog Post: How the Federal Government surveys one million employees

Surveys are a great way to gauge employee sentiment in your organization. The OPM regularly surveys its employees and releases data about its workplaces to the public through the Federal Employee V...
People Analytics

Guide: Set goals with OKRs

Studies have shown that committing to a goal can help improve employee performance. But more specifically, research reveals that setting challenging and specific goals can further enhance employee...
Goal Setting

Blog Post: Mapping employee chitchat can reveal information blockages

Dr. Ben Waber, Founder and CEO of Humanyze, spoke at Google’s 2014 re:Work event about what organizations can learn by measuring their employees’ interactions. Humanyze makes a wearable ID badge t...
People Analytics

Blog Post: Astronauts in training: Building trust and open feedback channels

One of the tools NASA uses to ensure good communication is the tried and true team debrief, which is used at multiple levels to elicit honest feedback about events. A meta-analysis found that teams...
Teams

Case Study: Defining leadership values and training managers

California Government Operations Agency In 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown instituted a reorganization of the state government aimed at reducing inefficiencies and improving statewide collabo...
Managers

Blog Post: Structure your hiring process with these re:Work tools

Job description checklist [document] - Make sure your job postings are clear and consistent by using a checklist like this one from Google’s hiring team. A good job description should clearly expl...
Hiring

Blog Post: How many interviews does it take to hire a Googler?

The hiring process at Google was designed to be meticulous in order to avoid false positives or toxic hires. We thought that the more Google employees who interviewed a single candidate, the better...
Hiring

Blog Post: Tool: Learn how the IRS helps managers effectively communicate

To help its executives and managers demonstrate the organization’s values, the IRS created a “how to guide” full of actionable information and focused on inclusive behaviors to empower employees. R...
Managers

Blog Post: The secret to Motley Fool’s investing success: Look at the company culture

At the Google re:Work event in 2014, Tom Gardner, CEO and co-founder of The Motley Fool, discussed why his investors look so closely at the corporate cultures of the companies in which they invest...

Blog Post: How graduate students can help you translate HR theories into practice

More and more companies are forming people analytics teams and the field is now a formal offering at universities. But despite advances, the way many companies practice HR and make people-related d...
People Analytics

Blog Post: Making re:Work work for small businesses

Small businesses (companies with 500 employees or fewer) make up 99.7% of all US businesses and employ 48% of the private workforce. So when it comes to making work better, small business owners an...
Goal Setting Managers Teams

Guide: Hold everyone accountable

Combatting unconscious bias isn’t about blame. It’s about accountability. Googlers are helping each other create a safe and respectful culture where everyone feels empowered and responsible to cal...
Unbiasing

Tool: Give your own unbiasing workshop

Given that we’re dealing with something unconscious, most people don’t realize when they’ve made an unconsciously biased comment or action. This means calling it out is an important ingredient to m...
Unbiasing

Blog Post: How data can improve bike commuting

This blog ran last year and we're resurfacing it today in celebration of Bike to Work Day. Data regarding bike commuting comes both from traditional sources—such as the National Household Travel Su...
People Analytics

Tool: Create a vision with the team

To help managers create a vision with their team, Google offers the following steps to help teams define their values and connect them to their short-term goals: Core values describe the team’s de...
Managers

Blog Post: In a deluge of data look for surprises, not confirmation

“Juicilicious” was entering a new market (in this case, China), and trying to understand the particular tastes of these Chinese consumers. The team started collecting data — focus groups, industry ...
People Analytics

Guide: Train your interviewers

Interviewing can serve many purposes: it provides a way to find great candidates and it can also solidify company culture, create camaraderie, and provide a sense of belonging for existing employe...
Hiring

Blog Post: Use the proven power of stories to explain science and data

People love stories because our brains are wired to receive stories. Studies have shown that similar areas in our brains light up in listeners and storytellers. Storytelling and science are natural...
People Analytics

Blog Post: White lies in the workplace don’t help

Dr. Lily Jampol, a lecturer at Queen Mary University of London School of Business and Management, spoke at the re:Work 2014 event about her research on how we temper feedback, often because we wan...
Unbiasing

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...