re:Work 2014 - Changing the Nature of Work

Laszlo Bock, Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google, kicked off re:Work by talking about the potential to make work better for people everywhere and the things Google is doing to change the nature of work.

The History & Future of Work

Marina Gorbis, Executive Director of the Institute for the Future, shared a brief look at how labor has evolved across humanity’s brief working life and where we might be going.

Why Good Jobs Matter to Global Economic Development

Bestselling author and New York Times columnist Tom Friedman engaged in a conversation with Laura Tyson, a former White House economic advisor and current professor at the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley, about why “good” job creation is critical to global economic development, political stability, and well-being.

Making Work Better

Dr. Adam Grant, Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, moderated a conversation with three experts looking at how to make work better.

Job Crafting and Creating Meaning in Your Work

Dr. Amy Wrzesniewski, professor of Organizational Behavior at the Yale School of Management, discussed the art and science of job crafting where employees are empowered to design their own roles to match their talents, preferences, and aspirations.

The Zingerman’s Employee-Centered Approach to Work

Paul Saginaw, co-owner and Founding Partner at Zingerman’s Deli and growing community of businesses, shared some of the practices that have made their employees act and think like business owners.

Happiness as a Competitive Advantage

Happiness and positive psychology expert Shawn Achor talked about his happiness research of (mostly unhappy) Harvard students. Achor’s research indicates that only ten percent of our happiness is shaped by our external world; ninety percent is influenced by our internal perspective.

HR Meets Science at Google

Prasad Setty, Vice President of People Analytics & Compensation at Google, moderated a panel of experts on using data to make better people decisions.

Using People Analytics to Measure Employee Networks

Dr. Ben Waber, President and CEO of Sociometric Solutions, showed how his company’s high-tech ID badges gather data on employee interactions, which can then be used to map internal networks and predict performance.

Measuring Soldier Resiliency in the US Army

Major Paul Lester, Director of Research for the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army, discussed how the Army uses data to improve the lives of its soldiers.

Motivating Positive Behavior Change at Work.

Dr. Katy Milkman, Assistant Professor of Operations and Information Management at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, has been studying how “temptation bundling” can be used to encourage better behavior.

Why Research Matters for Business -- and Vice Versa:

Dr. Jennifer Kurkoski runs Google’s People Innovation Lab and moderated a panel of three up-and-coming researchers looking at the workplace as a laboratory -- offering glimpses into the future of organizational psychology and behavioral economics.

Systemic Biases in Mind vs. Body Perceptions

Dr. Christine Looser, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Business School, shared her research on how people perceive the relative value of mind versus body for themselves and for others.

Creating Reciprocal Value Through Transparency

Tami Kim, a doctoral student at Harvard Business School, shared her research showing the value of transparency - literally - between workers and and customers.

The Dark Side of White Lies

Dr. Lily Jampol, a lecturer at Queen Mary University of London School of Business and Management, studied how gender bias affects performance feedback.

Neural Self-Hacking

Bill Duane, Google’s Superintendent of Well-Being who leads many of the company’s mindfulness programs, walked participants through a reflective exercise to focus attention, foster compassion, and support sustainable high performance.

How Googlers Learn and Teach

Karen May, Vice President of People Development at Google, explained Google’s approach and commitment to learning and development.

Fostering Innovation Within Large Organizations

Bryan Sivak, Chief Tech Officer for the US Department of Health and Human Services, shared strategies used at the federal level for developing innovative solutions to workforce problems.

Nudging Employees to Do the Right Thing

Joanne Reinhard, an advisor at the UK Behavioural Insights Team, aka “the Nudge Unit,” talked about how government can better deliver services through thoughtful choice architecture design.

Workers are NOT a Cost: a History of Accounting

Adam Davidson, a reporter for NPR and The New York Times, spoke about how businesses have record and account for their expenses throughout history.

Programmable Habitats: Designing the Future Workplace for Man and Machine

Jennifer Magnolfi, designer, architect, and founder and principal researcher of Programmable Habitats, has been looking at the convergence of human work and machine work – especially how we can work harmoniously.

Valuing Culture as an Investor and a Leader

Tom Gardner, CEO and co-founder of Motley Fool, discussed how culture is the determinant of a company’s value – especially the way a company values its people.

Can Any Organization Do This?

Laszlo Bock had a conversation with Jack DePeters, Senior Vice President of Store Operations at Wegmans, about some of the secrets to their success and how a grocery chain and a tech company have more in common regarding their people practices than you might expect.

Eric Schmidt on How Google Works

In a surprise guest appearance, Eric Schmidt, Google’s Executive Chairman, joined Laszlo and the audience in a conversation about Google’s early approach to HR.