What's the best way to give someone a raise? A $1,000 boost in salary, or an immediate $2,000 bonus?
Does coaching managers make them better? What's the best way to encourage employees to contribute to an IRA? How long should the line be at the cafeteria, and why? How much maternity leave is enough? What is the best way to maximize an employee's happiness?
And why is Google regularly ranked as the best place to work?
The answer: Because it pursues scientific answers to all of these questions.
In a piece entitled "The Happiness Machine" at Slate, Farhad Manjoo gets a good look inside Google to see how it works its magic with employees and their managers. He interviews the head of Google's People Operations, or POPS, a part of the...