Lyndsey Karp

Bridge Academy for Managers

Blog Post created by Lyndsey Karp Employee on Mar 26, 2020

The Bridge Academy for Managers is a free webinar series designed to share employee development and people management best practices with supervisors while simultaneously highlighting features within Bridge. These webinars are hosted live every two weeks, are open to all Bridge users.


We encourage you to follow along in your own Bridge site during these trainings. Before joining in, check the following: 

  1. Watch the five minute Bridge Overview for Managers video HERE
  2. Log in to Bridge to ensure access is permitted
  3. Confirm that the “My Team” avatar shows in the application switcher (this ensures that a manager relationship is set).*

*If you are a manager and do not see this, please contact your Bridge Admin.


Schedule & Agenda:



The New Era of Performance Conversations

Next Session: April 30th at 11:00 MT


Traditionally, performance conversations are conducted as a means to determining salary increases. According to Harvard Business Review, performance reviews that are tied to compensation work against cooperative problem solving, discourages straight talk, and too easily becomes politicized. The new era of performance conversations challenges managers to discuss performance, goals, achievements, and gaps without the looming pressure of also discussing salary.  Learn about the new era of performance conversations and how Bridge support productive and impactful performance conversations. 


Employee Driven Career Plans

Next Session: May 14th at 11:00 MT


In a study by global staffing firm Randstad, 73% of employers said fostering employee development is important, but only 49% of employees said leadership is adhering to this practice. The Career Drivers exercise helps employees identify what drives and motivates them. This information is invaluable for engagement and gives managers insight into employees' happiness, satisfaction, and productivity in their current role. In this webinar, managers will see the benefits of exposing their employees to the Career Drivers and other employee driven career sections of Bridge as well as best practices surrounding career conversations with employees. The use of the Career Planning feature will increase employee engagement and the manager/employee connection.


Purposeful Goal Setting

Next Session: May 28th at 11:00 MT


Only 44% of employees strongly agree that they can see how their work goals connect to the organization’s overall goals. Further, 30% of employees strongly agree that their manager involves them in setting their goals at work. Those who strongly agree with this statement are 3.6 times more likely to be engaged, committed, enthusiastic and involved. This webinar will help managers understand how to better engage their employees by helping them se purposeful goals in Bridge.


Developing Engaged Employees

Next Session: June 11th at 11:00 MT


Throughout the Bridge Academy for Managers series, Gallup's list of 12 employee engagement questions has been referenced. In this interactive webinar, we will deep dive into the engagement topics you most need help with as a manager. Perhaps you want to know what you can do to clarify expectations or what steps to take to encourage development for your direct reports- let us know and we'll give you industry best practices to follow and tips for using Bridge to support your efforts!


Leading Effective One-On-One Conversations

Next Session: June 25th at 11:00 MT (60 min) 


Roughly half of all employees don’t know what’s expected of them at work, a statistic that could dramatically change by simply improving one on one conversations between managers and employees.  In this webinar, managers will see the benefits of using Bridge as a tool for hosting productive and effective one on ones and learn best practices for meeting with their employees both in-person or remotely.