Starting in 2008, Google has conducted extensive research into what makes a great manager. They called it “Project Oxygen” and, over time, identified the 10 behaviors that Google’s best managers share.
Number one on the list? Being a good coach.
Knowing how important this is, Google has baked coaching in at every step of its employees’ career paths, from new Googlers receiving help navigating the culture to executive development training for leaders.
This program has been widely successful, with coaching sessions receiving an average employee satisfaction rating of 4.8 out of 5. The program is also frequently cited as one of the key reasons why Google is one of the world’s best companies to work for.
With employees switching jobs more than ever, keeping your best talent engaged and motivated is essential. Here’s how Google supports career development and retention through coaching—and one simple trick recommended by a former Google career coach that you can start using right away.