What Is People Science?
I like to think I’ve been interested in “people science” since I was young. Of course that term wasn’t part of my childhood lexicon, but I grew up in a household fascinated by why people do what they do. Our parents valued empathy, compassion, and curiosity. They were both educators-turned-executives, and our family conversations often centered on questions about happiness for all, success for all, and the pursuit itself.
And in a nutshell that’s what People Science is: the study of what makes people happy and successful at work, and how to create environments and habits that promote happiness and success.
But what, exactly, does that mean? What is People Science?
People Science: Glint’s definition
Let’s start with how we at Glint think about People Science, and what it means for our customers.
People Science is an agile and people-centric approach to the study and practice of happiness and success at work. It integrates fields of study like industrial-organizational psychology, organizational development, and occupational psychology with increasingly relevant fields like data science, product management, and design. On the practice side, People Science connects the traditionally siloed programs of employee engagement, performance management, and learning and development into what we like to call a unified People Success program. In our experience, this holistic approach better helps people bring their best selves to work so that they can do their best work.
How Glint People Science creates value
Glint People Science transforms how people and organizations succeed by building new habits and mindsets. We help people bring their best selves to work so that they can do their best work. Like many professional services teams in our industry, we pride ourselves on the insights we deliver and the change we enable. But how exactly do we create value for our customers, and what makes us different?
We designed our strategy and operating model to increase the impact People Science can have on the global workforce. First and foremost, we invest in building a team of intellectually curious consultants who can transform themselves and their customers into People Success pros. As a team, we work to continuously evolve our skills, procedures, services, and toolkits to delight more and more customers. We collaborate brilliantly with our Product and Marketing partners to make People Science accessible to everyone. And to be innovative, we produce industry-leading research that challenges conventional HR practices, leveraging our unique data and expertise.
In terms of customer value, Glint People Science differentiates in three key ways:
- We help customers shape and get buy-in on a People Success strategy that connects engagement, performance, and learning.
- We help customers become People Success pros, elevating them in their roles and ensuring the partnership’s success.
- We alleviate customer pain points by infusing our product with deep user empathy and our experience as scientists.
My colleagues and I will continue to explore the foundations of People Science with you over the coming months. But in the meantime, take a minute to watch this video. I think it captures the essence of People Science at Glint.
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