Put Google's insights about what makes a great manager to use without paying a penny.
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google.
When it comes to developing great managers, Google doesn't leave much to chance. The data-obsessed company famously spent years studying the attributes of effective managers for its Project Oxygen, determining that technical expertise was less important than less-sexy attributes like consistency, delegation, and basic human decency.
Now that it has determined what makes a great manager, what does Google do with that information?
Those hard-won insights aren't sitting in a drawer gathering dust. Instead, the company has used them to develop a host of training and support documents to help newer managers learn the tricks of the trade, elicit great feedback, mentor colleagues, and run effective one-on-ones.
And here's the best part: Those documents are available completely free online to anyone who might find them useful. Via the company's HR-focused Re:Work blog, entrepreneurs and bosses can download the following:
· Manager feedback survey [Google Forms survey] -- Managers need actionable feedback to understand how they're doing and how they can develop. Use this sample Manager Feedback Survey from Google to gather developmental feedback for your managers.
· New manager training course materials [slides, facilitator guide, and student workbook] -- Learning to manage other people does not necessarily come naturally when someone becomes a manager. Management is a set of skills that can be taught. Review Google's new manager training materials and adapt them to your organization's culture and needs.
· Career conversation worksheet -- Google encourages managers to have regular, dedicated career conversations with employees. Help your managers structure these conversations with this simple conversation framework.
· "One Simple Thing" worksheet -- Google's best managers show care for their teams not just professionally but personally as well. Managers can use this popular goal-setting practice to openly discuss nonwork goals with team members.
· 1:1 meeting agenda template -- Frequent meetings with individual team members give managers a regular opportunity to provide feedback and guidance. This meeting agenda template can help your managers hold effective 1:1 (one-on-one) meetings.
The generous data dump is part of the company's ongoing efforts to share its knowledge with the world. (Previously, it's also released a treasure trove of tools for better hiring.) Don't let the company's generosity go to waste -- test these tools out and see if they can help your managers support your people to do their best work.
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