Lyndsey Karp

Bridge Academy for Managers

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

The purpose of this free webinar series is to teach managers successful employee development and people management skills while simultaneously highlighting features within Bridge. These webinars are hosted live every two weeks and are open to all Bridge users. Check back on this blog regularly to see updated dates for next sessions!


There are three quick prerequisites for all managers to join this training: 

  1. Watch the five minute Bridge Overview for Managers video
  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 the "My Team" avatar within Bridge, please contact your Bridge Admin.


Schedule & Agenda:


Leading Effective One-On-One Conversations

Next Session: April 16th at 11:00 MT 


Roughly half of all employees don’t know what’s expected of them at work and in this digital age, face-to-face communication still reigns supreme as the most important productivity and engagement tool for managers. 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. Additionally, managers will learn that hosting frequent 1on1's with their employees will allow the employee to have a voice with their manager, build deeper connections with their team members, and dedicated time for both the manager and employee to provide and discuss feedback. 


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!