Google Spent Years Studying Bosses. Now They Teach New Managers These 6 Things

SUNNYVALE, CA— Google spent years studying the behaviors of bosses in their organization, and leveraged data to uncover insights on the key strategies that effective managers use to motivate their team and deliver results.

Let’s dive right into the 6 strategies you can use to drive results in your own company.

1. Watermelon Wednesdays

Perhaps the most obvious result of the study, Google’s study found that managers who bring watermelon slices to lunch every Wednesday consistently hit their goals and report higher levels of employee satisfaction. No surprises here!

2. Check In With Your Subordinates Every 12 Minutes

You might be thinking: “Every 12 minutes? How am I supposed to trust my employees to do their jobs for that long without me checking their work?”. Counterintuitively, the study found that giving your employees room to work can raise their confidence levels and drive better results and higher productivity for teams. Fascinating!

3. Endorse Skills On Their LinkedIn Profile

What better way to get your team motivated by endorsing them for hot skills like data analytics and communication? Google’s cutting-edge analysis found that people love to be recognized for their skills and hard work, so taking the time to give a team member a “+1” for SQL can push your team to the next level.

4. Quiz Them On Advanced Oceanographic Trivia

Whether or not your team is focused on activities related to the sea, keeping your team on their toes by asking them oceanographic trivia can be a great way to sharpen their mental acuity. Questions like “What is the world’s largest coral reef system?” and “What spiny venous fish has recently become an invasive species in the Caribbean Sea?” will keep your team ready to jump on any questions they might get from clients.

5. Come To Work Disguised As A New Coworker To Uncover Their Secrets

People feel more comfortable speaking their mind when they’re surrounded by their peers. Google found that great managers will occasionally come to work disguised as a new hire to glean honest feedback about their own performance from coworkers without feeling pressured. Phrases like “So how’s the ol’ boss treat ya?” or “What’s the lowdown on the big cheese?” can be helpful in teasing out insights on how managers can correct behavior and work better with their teams.

6. Award Tuna To Whoever Hits The Highest Sales Numbers

Another no-brainer found by the Google study: motivate your employees to hit their numbers faster with canned tuna. Everyone loves it, and Google’s study only further confirms the versatile uses of canned tuna in the workplace. By using this delectable dish as a reward, teams find a new sense of purpose and are motivated to win all of the glory (and tuna) for themselves.

Leverage these six tips from Google’s study in your own work, and you’ll be a more effective manager in no time. Don’t forget the watermelon!

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