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Brian Welle

Brian Welle has been a member of Google's People Analytics team since August, 2006. During that time he has conducted research and designed programs that strengthened Google’s HR initiatives. He currently leads a team of Analysts that has three main goals: (1) guide Google's talent management, learning programs, career development and diversity practices through the strategic use of data; (2) launch surveys that take the pulse of the organization, including the annual employee opinion survey, and empower clients to act on the results; and (3) conduct basic HR research through the People and Innovation Lab (PiLab), an internal HR think-tank focused on understanding (and improving!) manager effectiveness, employee health, and innovation. PiLab research has been featured in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, HR Executive Online, the MSNBC program, Your Business, among others. Prior to joining Google, Brian was a Research Director at Catalyst, a non-profit consulting organization specializing in diversity, and was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from New York University.




Advances in communication technology and the ability to work in "real time" across distance have transformed how employees work together. Using Google as an example, Brian will discuss: (1) how employees use technology to connect in new ways, (2) the impact on Google's culture and innovation, and (3) how HR practices - from staffing to the annual survey - can capitalize on employees' social connections.


Learning Objectives

1.     Create greater HR transparency in an organization by using shared research (e.g., data and analyses) with a broad set of employees.
2.     Create opportunities for non-co-located employees to communicate face to face by using technology.