The Problem with Saying “My Door Is Always Open” If you are in an influential position, you have probably said words to the effect of “My door is always open.” You likely meant this declaration very genuinely. You might well … Continue reading Leadership and labels
What Happens When You Give Free Money to Poor People Finland, the country that gave the world the sauna, is now experimenting with another act of radical generosity. On January 1, it became the first European country to give unemployed … Continue reading The welfare cliff
Why Ethical People Make Unethical Choices Most companies have ethics and compliance policies that get reviewed and signed annually by all employees. “Employees are charged with conducting their business affairs in accordance with the highest ethical standards,” reads one such … Continue reading The importance of examples
Tesla to fine drivers hogging Supercharger stations: Could it backfire? Tesla Motors Inc. will begin imposing a $0.40-per-minute fine on drivers who leave their cars parked at Supercharger stations more than five minutes after their vehicles finish charging, the company … Continue reading Do low-cost fines work?
Free Cash in Finland. Must Be Jobless No one would confuse this frigid corner of northern Finland with Silicon Valley. Notched in low pine forests just 100 miles below the Arctic Circle, Oulu seems more likely to achieve dominance at … Continue reading An experiment of social welfare
Five Scientific Reasons Why So Many Productivity Hacks Fail As the chief scientist at a Fortune 25 health care company, it was my job to put behavioral science to good use in the workplace. For a number of reasons, that … Continue reading How to activate good intentions
Increasing tax payments in Costa Rica Over the past few years, BIT has implemented a number of successful trials using letters to remind people to pay their taxes. In March 2015, we ran our first trial in Costa Rica. In … Continue reading Behavioural emails for tax compliance