Google Is Giving Away Its Best Tools for Managers Absolutely Free

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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 importance 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 [document] — 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 [document] — 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 [document] — 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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