Ben Waber, Harvard Biz Review

Ben Waber

Harvard Biz Review

Boston, MA, United States

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Past articles by Ben:

Toward Fairer Data-Driven Performance Management

Reliable, accurate, and bias-free measures of employees’ job performance are notoriously elusive. And while companies are awash with data about their employees, their ability to translate them into trustworthy markers of performance is at best a work in progress. Research shows that self-ratings and supervisory ratings of job performance overlap by merely 4%. While true meritocracy in… → Read More

Did WFH Hurt the Video Game Industry?

Researchers found that companies that went remote experienced more delays of marquee projects than those who stayed in the office. → Read More

The Implications of Working Without an Office

Early research on how people are — and aren’t — adapting and how leaders can help. → Read More

The Truth About Open Offices

There are reasons why they don’t produce the desired interactions. → Read More

The Truth About Open Offices

There are reasons why they don’t produce the desired interactions. → Read More

12,000 Steps to Being More Creative at Work

Research suggests that the more you move, the more creative you are → Read More

UFC Fighters Are a Lot Like CEOs: Overpaid and Underperforming

Like corporate executives, UFC fighters get big bumps in pay as they climb the ladder—and their performance often suffers afterward → Read More

Wearable Tech’s New Frontier: Charting Hospital Patients’ Progress

Accelerometers helped doctors notice a brain tumor patient regaining strength → Read More

The Myth of the Lone Genius

Even Thomas Edison and Leonardo da Vinci benefited from collaboration → Read More

Maybe March Madness Boosts (Rather Than Kills) U.S. Productivity

Watching basketball games in the office increases communication among office mates → Read More

The Sumo Wrestler Way of Retaining Top Talent

The tradition-bound Japanese Sumo Association has a far better incentive system to promote workers and reward spectacular achievers → Read More

What Data Analytics Says About Gender Inequality in the Workplace

It’s a cultural marker of sorts when a major Hollywood studio buys the film rights to a self-help book, in this case Sheryl Sandberg’s bestseller Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Sony Pictures has hired a screenwriter to fictionalize Sandberg’s tale of the lessons she learned adapting to → Read More