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Blog Post: Change culture, not curriculum, to get more women into computer science

In 2014, the incoming computer science (CS) class at CMU comprised 40% women at a time when the national rate for female CS graduates was around 14%. We set out on a ten-year long research endeavor...
Unbiasing

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: Stories and experiments from the UK Nudge Unit

Reinhard, an advisor at the UK Behavioural Insights Team, aka “the Nudge Unit," talked at the re:Work 2014 event about how organizations can better deliver services through thoughtful choice archi...
People Analytics

Blog Post: Riot Games Case Study: Assessing toxicity in the workplace

Riot's League of Legends game has nearly 30 million players log in every day to compete. The team-based game is a take on capture the flag (or, more aptly, “destroy the enemy base”). Team dynamics,...

Blog Post: How Mr. Mom became a stay at home dad

That was nearly 20 years ago. We likely would have been as surprised today. And we wouldn’t have been alone in our American reaction, as we are one of a handful of countries without mandatory paid ...

Blog Post: Understanding others' mind-body values

At the re:Work 2014 event, Looser shared her research on how people perceive the relative value of mind versus body for themselves and others. Her research revealed that people typically value the...
Unbiasing

Blog Post: Navigating stereotype threat and identity management in the workplace

There is a lot of advice out there regarding unbiasing and what you can do to be conscious of your own unconscious biases. But what you may not be thinking about is how those who are the targets of...
Unbiasing

Blog Post: Use nudges to make your organization better

While the field of behavioral economics has been around for some time — many important papers on the subject surfaced in the last century, including Nobel Prize winning Kahneman and Tversky’s Prosp...
People Analytics

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: Just how toxic are toxic employees?

Toxic employees cause harm to an organization, to either its people or its property. For example, they may steal money, commit fraud, bully other workers, or engage in sexual harassment. We find th...

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: Fighting incivility with machine learning at Alphabet’s Jigsaw

CJ Adams is product manager at Jigsaw, an incubator at Alphabet whose goal is to use technology to help people who are facing oppression. Adams studies incivility in online behavior and at the 2016...

Case Study: Assessing toxicity in the workplace

Riot Games Riot Games is the maker of one of the world’s most popular computer games - League of Legends. Nearly 30 million players log in every day to compete in League’s battle arenas; 7.5 millio...

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: Watch: Google’s researchers on what makes an effective team

To learn more about team effectiveness, check out the re:Work guide Understand team effectiveness for the full story on Google's team effectiveness research as well as tools to help teams foster p...
Teams

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...
People Analytics

Blog Post: “Culture Engineer” Astro Teller on failure and brilliance

The moonshot factory X, formerly Google X, is home to the self-driving car and balloon-powered internet, and according to Teller, failure is the way to advance those audacious projects. Encouragin...

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 ...
Teams

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

Guide: Gather data and measure decisions

Measurement is key for successful unbiasing. Without understanding and tracking your undertakings, it's hard to know where to focus or how your efforts are faring. Here are three measurement categ...
Unbiasing