Embracing political discourse in the workplace

Reading Time: 12 minutes It’s impossible to ignore that America is in the depths of a campaign season for one of the most highly-anticipated presidential elections in our lifetimes. Historically, it seemed simple to draw a line – when you enter the office, you don’t talk about politics. However, employees and employers are increasingly and openly participating in social …
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What L&D programs are missing: the magic of spaced repetition

Reading Time: 4 minutes Picture this: You’ve spent weeks finding the perfect vendor for your manager training, or better yet crafting your own program. Your managers login and spend two hours learning the basics of giving good feedback, and practicing with one another, and at the end they all say it was a valuable use of their time and …
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Coaching vs managing: 5 key tactics for managers

Reading Time: 4 minutes Managers play many critical roles in an organization’s ecosystem. Beyond passing information between leadership and individual teams, managers serve as the most important driver of employee engagement and motivation. Employees rely on their managers for day-to-day guidance, career development, and to set the tone for team morale. Company leaders rely on managers to distill critical …
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Why we’re giving our employees election day off

Reading Time: 8 minutes This has by no means been an easy year for HR teams the world over, but as we get closer to the US presidential election, American HR departments are faced again with the task of supporting employees through more potential emotional turmoil. So what actions can a company take at this time to support the …
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Responsive managers: Enabling managers’ new roles

Reading Time: 3 minutes We all know managers have had additional responsibilities put on them over the last 6 months: They are no longer “just” managers who also coach. In many organizations, they have taken on the roles of dramatic reprioritizer of work, checker on mental health and well-being, and facilitator of social justice conversations. To say it’s been …
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Introducing Amplify: Helping your managers navigate the new world of work

Reading Time: 5 minutes We believe that managers are the linchpins in our organizations. The success of managers is the primary indicator of success within an organization. Yet managers are consistently given myriad tasks without the necessary support to do their best. Things like being a leading expert in diversity and inclusion, being a therapist, and taking responsibility for …
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Your most common questions about manager training

Reading Time: 7 minutes Training is one of the best ways to set your managers up for success. You’re likely already aware of this and may even be in the process of deciding which manager training programs would benefit your organization. But you may be running into questions that prevent you from taking the next step. If so, you’ve …
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Time management: a guide for managers

Reading Time: 9 minutes As a manager, you have a lot on your plate. Between overseeing direct reports and attending meetings, you barely have the time to work on deliverables – let alone address your own personal and professional development. With all these competing demands, how can you perform the duties of a good manager, while managing your time …
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Culture leads the way in Forbes Cloud 100

Reading Time: 3 minutes We’re thrilled to share that Culture Amp was recently named on the Forbes 2020 Cloud 100 – the definitive ranking of the top 100 private cloud companies in the world. Published by Forbes in partnership with Bessemer Venture Partners and Salesforce Ventures, the list recognizes companies for their growth, sales, valuation – and most notably …
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Why it’s important to encourage shared ownership of 1-on-1s

Reading Time: 4 minutes Who is responsible for owning 1-on-1 meetings? Some people argue that the manager should lead the charge since they’re technically “the boss.” Others claim the direct report should be responsible because these meetings are primarily for their benefit. At Culture Amp, instead of one or the other we advocate for shared ownership of 1-on-1 conversations.  …
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Ensuring 1-on-1 meetings go beyond tactical performance

Reading Time: 5 minutes 1-on-1s are the royal road to employee engagement. Studies show that employees who meet regularly with their managers are three times more likely to be engaged in their work. But when done poorly, 1-on-1s can quickly become the bane of your team’s existence: draining resources one lousy meeting at a time.  At LifeLabs Learning, the …
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A manager’s ultimate checklist for effective 1-on-1s

Reading Time: 4 minutes Many managers and employees approach weekly 1-on-1 meetings as quick, casual check-ins, but they can – and should be – so much more. Effective 1-on-1 meetings should be intentional, thoughtful check-ins that address productivity, alignment, and professional growth. They are one of the few moments a week when your direct report gets your uninterrupted attention, …
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The importance of 1-on-1 meetings

Reading Time: 5 minutes 1-on-1 meetings are a key component of a successful ongoing feedback model. They give managers and their direct reports uninterrupted time to discuss projects, review performance, remove blockers, and more. It also provides an opportunity for managers to get to know their employees on a more personal level. These weekly or biweekly meetings allow managers …
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How to be a better manager in this new world of work

Reading Time: 5 minutes What if we made the primary function of managers to, well… manage? Being a manager is an inherently complex and human experience. As a result, the role requires so many “soft” skills that have been traditionally deprioritized. As the world continues to evolve, it’s time for HR leaders to look at the role of the …
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How to help managers have more impactful 1-on-1 meetings

Reading Time: 8 minutes 1-on-1 meetings between managers and direct reports are becoming an increasingly popular and beneficial practice amongst organizations. Unfortunately, the brunt of the responsibility is being put on managers, who aren’t always given the structure, tools, or training they need to be successful. And the skills required for impactful 1-on-1’s – such as asking good questions, …
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7 tips for managing multigenerational teams

Reading Time: 6 minutes As another generation graduates into the workforce, it’s increasingly important for managers to understand the differing needs of their direct reports. In fact, by 2060 the age distribution in the US is predicted to be more equalized than ever. While managing a generationally diverse team can be challenging, well-managed multigenerational teams see many benefits from …
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How first-time managers can develop fair and effective performance reviews

Reading Time: 7 minutes The position and responsibilities of a first-time manager come with a steep learning curve: there are new skills to grasp, unfamiliar challenges to overcome, the shoes of your predecessor to fill, and the pressure to get it right. Your ability to ramp up as fast as possible will determine how quickly you settle into your …
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Working through it: our collective journey through crisis

Reading Time: 6 minutes When the COVID-19 crisis first began, I started by talking about how and why to prioritize employee experience during a crisis. We were at the very beginning of what we now know is a prolonged period of unrest and transition (if you had told me then we would still be in this situation now I …
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Psychological capital: the key to high performance?

Reading Time: 7 minutes HR practitioners typically don’t have spare time to brush up on psychological research, but these frameworks can be a helpful lens through which to improve your people practices. The ultimate goal of people leaders is to create an environment that supports individual growth and performance. Research around psychological capital is full of useful lessons on …
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An organizational IOU: undoing debts on the road to recovery

Reading Time: 7 minutes An HVAC duct hums against an exposed brick wall. A millennial weaves past her colleagues on a scooter. The smell of free lunch wafts through the building and the tap of ping pong balls echoes in the background. You’re standing at the epicenter of the stereotypical start-up company.  Somewhere in the open-plan labyrinth is a …
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