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Blog Post: Nudge people to encourage ethical behavior

An expert in organizational behavior, Desai spoke at the re:Work 2016 event about three simple nudges: infusing accountability, displaying moral symbols, and using reminders of childhood. These ca...

Blog Post: Avoiding loss to make big gains in employee wellness

As nice and neat as traditional economic theory is, real life is anything but precise. Behavioral economics recognizes that being human means we can be short-sighted, emotional, and even make decis...
People Analytics

Guide: Evaluate subtle messages

There are many subtle ways humans signal and cue one another. In some cases unconscious biases can influence the signals sent, sometimes in the form of negative cues that researchers call “micro-i...
Unbiasing

Guide: Use structure and criteria

Education is step one. Changing behavior and unbiasing decisions is a very difficult step two. Google is approaching this challenge in a few different ways, one of which relies on structure. Use a...
Unbiasing

Tool: Foster psychological safety

Of the five key dynamics of effective teams that the researchers identified, psychological safety was by far the most important. The Google researchers found that individuals on teams with higher p...
Teams

Blog Post: Teams in space!

Dr. Lauren Blackwell Landon, a research scientist at the NASA Johnson Space Center, spoke at the re:Work 2016 event about preparing a team to go to Mars. The astronauts will live and work together...
Teams

Blog Post: Why the best people don’t mean the best teams

At the 2016 re:Work event, Scott Page, a professor of complex systems, political science, and economics at the University of Michigan, explored how our shifts from an “additive” economy to a “non-...
Teams

Blog Post: What this Empire writer learned from Tim Burton about creativity

Calhoun, who in addition to writing also produces and directs, has worked with with many teams to make different stories come alive. Calhoun spoke at the re:Work 2016 event about how the creative ...
Teams

Case Study: Understanding learning using surveys

NYC Department of Education Over the years, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) has invested heavily in organizational development - overhauling educator performance reviews, developing...
People Analytics

Guide: Run an employee survey

Back in 2004 Larry Page and Sergey Brin asked Stacy Sullivan, then Head of HR and now Google’s Chief Culture Officer, to find out how Google employees, or Googlers, were feeling about work by inte...
People Analytics

Blog Post: Lessons from the classroom: how educators nudge students

This World Teachers’ Day, we wanted to recognize the ways schools are incorporating behavioral science in the classroom. In partnership with Pearson Education, the Behavioral Insights Team has crea...
People Analytics

Blog Post: Teaching improv to scientists to help them storytell with data

Dr. Christine O’Connell is the Associate Director of The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and spoke at the re:Work 2016 event about the importance of being able to tell a story with data...

Blog Post: How Google thinks about team effectiveness

What sets your best teams apart from the rest? Speaking at an event, people analyst Julia Rozovsky discussed what an internal research team discovered about building effective teams at Google. The...
Teams

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: Why psychological safety matters and what to do about it

Even those at the top of organizational hierarchies are not exempt from the fear of speaking up. Consider this vignette from our field research. A senior executive had recently joined a successful ...
Teams

Blog Post: The science of structured interviewing

When designing a hiring process, organizations are generally solving for four outcomes: Predictive validity (how well does the hiring process differentiate strong future employees from weaker ones...
Hiring

Guide: Shape the candidate experience

Google defines the “candidate experience” to include every interaction a candidate has with the company, from getting an email that an application has been received all the way through to getting ...
Hiring

Blog Post: New guide and tools to understand team effectiveness

The newest re:Work guide, "Understand team effectiveness," includes the story of how the research project came to be (as seen previously in The New York Times), the hypotheses the people analysts s...
Teams

Blog Post: How the Saturday Night Live team keeps it safe (and funny)

Charles Duhigg, editor at the The New York Times and author of Smarter, Faster, Better, spoke about what makes for an effective team at the 2016 re:Work event. He argues that while successful team...
Teams

Guide: Review resumes

Just as resume writing is undertaken by job seekers everywhere, resume reviewing is a ubiquitous task for hiring managers. The purpose of a resume is to get a candidate past that first screen and ...
Hiring