5 ways HR teams can help develop their managers

Reading Time: 6 minutes As the department that oversees all culture and people-related functions, it makes sense that Human Resources (HR) plays a major role in developing good leaders. However, despite the wealth of knowledge and resources held by the team, HR still remains a largely untapped resource by managers.  In this article, we explain how HR and people …
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Managing performance evaluations during a pandemic

Reading Time: 11 minutes During a time of crisis, it can be difficult to operate business as usual. Amidst the uncertainty, HR faces the challenge of being pulled in different directions – from managing communications and crisis response planning, to maintaining some level of continuity of business operations. As SHRM suggests, it’s critical for organizations to aim to manage …
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How modern managers align performance and engagement

Reading Time: 9 minutes Managers in today’s workplace shoulder more responsibility than ever. This may sound daunting, but it can be a positive thing for managers who want to have a wider, more holistic impact on their organization. Managers have always been accountable for team performance. However, over the years their responsibilities have expanded to be more holistic and …
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Using conversation to manage conflict in the workplace

Reading Time: 6 minutes If you want to help your team manage conflict, teach them how to use it to create conversation instead. We know that conversation helps de-escalate conflict in many settings. The vast majority of things that are truly conflicts – the types that have people running for the door or yelling at each other – happen because …
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3 approaches to new manager training

Reading Time: 8 minutes Managers have a million things to do. Between checking incoming messages and wrangling people or projects, there isn’t always a lot of room for learning and development. However, there are ways that you can support the managers at your company to learn new skills to help them become better mentors for their direct reports. One …
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New product updates supporting agile teams

Reading Time: 4 minutes The way companies structurally organize themselves is changing. Across industries and company sizes, the structural norm is shifting from hierarchical silos to cross-functional teams. Culture Amp is continuing to build solutions to help People leaders support today’s new world of work, and help business leaders build the resilient and innovative organizations of tomorrow. Product teams …
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How HR can keep people safe from coronavirus (free template)

Reading Time: 6 minutes The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. To adequately deal with COVID-19, an impulsive reaction won’t get us far and might do more harm than good. As people leaders, we are faced with the need to mindfully respond to both the risks and the ensuing concerns our employees might have. This isn’t …
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How managers can handle conflict with peers

Reading Time: 8 minutes Though many of us try our hardest to avoid it, conflict at work is inevitable.  In an ideal world, no one wants to fight, walk on eggshells around colleagues, or escalate issues to HR. But people differ in many ways – personally, socially, and professionally, which can make it hard to get along.  Managers all …
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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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