This week’s must reads: If Your Employees Aren’t Speaking Up, Blame Company Culture

In my work as a behavioral designer, I come across important stories on how psychology influences our behavior. Every week, I share my round-up of the most important stories at the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. I hope you enjoy them!

If Your Employees Aren’t Speaking Up, Blame Company Culture (Harvard Business Review) A study found that both personality and environment had a significant effect on employee’s tendency to speak up with ideas or concerns.

An Ethical Sanity Check: What Would Trolls Do? (Mind the Product) When creating a new product feature, ask the question, “How would the worst people on the internet use it to harass or harm other people?”

Why We Need to Audit Algorithms (Harvard Business Review) Some forward-thinking regulators are beginning to explore the possibility of subjecting algorithms to audit.

Making Games the Right Way (Delta DNA) The best and most popular games are those that manage enthusiasm and sessionize effectively, discouraging players from playing for unreasonable lengths of time but still encouraging them to come back regularly.

The Link Between August Birthdays and A.D.H.D. (New York Times) Diagnosing A.D.H.D. requires a subjective interpretation of facts, but the month in which a child is born can be a strong, objective predictor.

Searching for digital technology’s effects on well-being (Nature)
Fears over the impact on mental health of smartphones, social media and other trappings of the digital world are driving tech companies to change, but the evidence remains sketchy.

Happy reading!

- Nir

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