Five steps that drive commitment to team goals

Reading Time: 5 minutes Organizations demonstrating high performance are often good at adapting to the increasing pace of innovation and technological advancement. One of the most significant shifts companies have made is moving from a focus on efficiency of individuals to a focus on adaptability and shared team goals. Research has shown that compared to individuals, teams typically innovate …
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From individual contributor to manager: A transition checklist

Reading Time: 9 minutes Getting your first manager role is an accomplishment to be proud of, so cheers to you! It’s likely that you were promoted because you showcased excellent performance and great potential for leadership skills. But you might have found yourself thrown into the deep end, with a lot of new projects, people to manage and a …
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How to give feedback across cultures

Reading Time: 6 minutes LifeLabs Learning specializes in manager and employee training for over 700 amazing companies. As we’ve grown, our reach has expanded globally – just last quarter, we delivered workshops in India, Japan, China, Amsterdam, Paris, London, Spain, Germany, Mexico, and Singapore. While many leadership and communication tools are universal, we’ve also had to tailor our content …
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Announcing our new Global Head of Equitable Design & Impact: Aubrey Blanche

Reading Time: 5 minutes It’s been more than five years since I started working professionally to help the tech industry become the meritocracy it’s long believed itself to be. Like many people, I got into this work by accident and circumstance: I was passionate and already a person underrepresented across multiple dimensions in tech and the broader business community.  …
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Three opportunities to accelerate transformation in your organization

Reading Time: 5 minutes There is one quality that can give any organization a competitive advantage: the innovation and resilience of its employees.  A company’s ability to outperform often comes down to how quickly its people respond to continuous change and create new opportunities. Research shows that one of the key reasons 70% of change efforts fail is the …
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Setting and tracking team goals: let’s get SMARTER

Reading Time: 6 minutes The effective use and alignment of team goals is one of the most powerful ways to enhance performance and drive success at the team level. Decades of research show the positive impact goal setting has on performance. As a result of setting goals, the typical increase in employee productivity equates to $9,200 for people with …
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Setting you up for success in 2020 – Q4’19 updates

Reading Time: 5 minutes It’s a new year and we’re excited to share new tools and resources so you can get a head start with your 2020 priorities. Read on for some of our favorite highlights. And if you’re a customer, check out the training course below for a full run-through. Training whenever you need it Culture Amp Training …
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7 training opportunities for new managers

Reading Time: 7 minutes Promoting one of your best and brightest to manager is a huge win. You’ve evaluated them and found that they’re exceeding expectations at the technical skills in their job. And they’re the kind of person you assume will take good care of their direct reports. But managing people is a different ball game that requires …
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How to empower diverse teams – a guide for new managers

Reading Time: 9 minutes No one is born a perfect leader.  The people that you admire and look to for inspiration gained their wisdom through mistakes and challenges. And even the workplace culture influencers you follow will agree that continued success requires continuous learning. So, if you feel like you’re struggling to manage a diverse mix of people on …
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How managers can help low-performing employees

Reading Time: 5 minutes It’s no secret: managers play a critical role in every organization.  As the primary touchpoints for their direct reports, they’re responsible for developing, motivating, and effectively overseeing their employees. But did you know that the way employees are managed can also affect their performance? Contrary to popular belief, performance isn’t static. Rather, it’s a fluid …
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How to create workplace engagement on a budget

Reading Time: 5 minutes When asked to create initiatives that foster workplace engagement, where do you start? Likely what comes to mind is implementing a recognition software platform, allocating bonuses, or handing out prizes. And many CHROs see a common go-to initiative that concerns them above all others: free lunches. These things can cost a lot (and taste delicious), …
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Who is responsible for employee engagement?

Reading Time: 5 minutes Today, workplaces have moved toward being team-oriented environments. Workloads are interdependent and dispersed across employees and we’ve seen great benefits to this shift. Team structure helps companies achieve complex goals that are beyond the capability of one employee alone. However, we must also consider the challenges that come along with this diffusion of responsibility. One …
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Elevating your workspace to encourage wellbeing

Reading Time: 5 minutes After a busy year your workspace may need a refresh.  Between juggling meetings, daily tasks and larger projects, your desk and routine can be thrown off-kilter. And though it can feel like you’re too busy to waste time getting things in order, it might be worth the effort.  According to research by the International Data …
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Udemy’s workplace learning trends for 2020: Sneak peek

Reading Time: 5 minutes With the rapid rate of technology change CEOs are increasingly looking to Learning & Development (L&D) to prepare their workforce for the future. In particular, AI and data science are disrupting businesses and the way we work. According to the Deloitte Human Capital Trends Report 2019, 65% of surveyed organizations said they expect AI and …
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The 11 best HR podcasts for 2020

Reading Time: 6 minutes On a good day, you’re able to be productive while wearing many different hats.  On any given day you’re knee-deep in revamping your company’s performance review process or busy retooling your benefits offerings. You also manage to be present and centered during a couple of one-on-one meetings – you still handle some People Partner functions. …
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The 11 best HR podcasts to listen to in 2020

Reading Time: 6 minutes On a good day, you’re able to be productive while wearing many different hats.  While you’re knee-deep in revamping both your company’s performance review process and benefits package, you also manage to be present and centered during multiple one-on-one meetings. And in addition to all of that, you still have to finish the strategy for …
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5 workplace and HR trends to watch in 2020

Reading Time: 12 minutes It’s that time of the year. Not Thanksgiving or Christmas, but time to think about trends and predictions for the New Year. We’ll likely see a lot of these articles this year.  So why is this article different?  As a Work Culture Evangelist, one of my favorite things to do is analyze seemingly disparate topics …
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Seven questions to measure workplace accountability

Reading Time: 5 minutes People say they want highly accountable employees and workplace cultures, but what does that really mean and why do we strive for it? To be accountable is to be answerable for actions within one’s sphere of influence. Within organizations, accountable employees are people who feel a sense of responsibility for their work and the outcomes …
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A framework for employee performance goals (with examples)

Reading Time: 11 minutes Setting employee performance goals mindfully has the potential to uplift your entire organization’s bottom line while benefiting all of your employees. It’s a crucial step towards creating a fair and motivating performance review process to retain your best people. In the absence of clear goal setting, it can be difficult for employees to feel motivated …
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The Culture First Podcast: Stories for a better world of work

Reading Time: 4 minutes Civil rights activist DeRay McKesson, sex therapist Esther Perell, Vayner Media’s Chief Heart Officer Claude Silver, and organizational psychologist Adam Grant have two things in common: Thanks to them, people leaders can create a better world of work They’re featured guests on The Culture First Podcast Culture First: Stories for a better world of work …
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