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It Only Takes 15, Then Five

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15Five—an innovative company based in San Francisco—has produced a web app by the same name. This tool helps managers to efficiently communicate with their employees through weekly reports that take 15 minutes for an employee to write and five minutes for a manager to read.

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Using 15Five, employees complete a standard report with updates on their recent achievements, challenges, and thoughts. Managers review and give feedback, and note any larger issues in their own reports, which they send to their supervisors. Eventually all employee reports reach the company's top leader, who can provide private comments to each employee. Managers also can use 15Five to remind employees to submit their reports.

This cool tool offers many benefits—most important, employees feel heard. They get the chance to regularly share their wins, ideas, and unique contributions. This app keeps everyone in the loop, while saving managers time and energy thanks to its streamlined process.

A simple interface sets 15Five apart from other tools of its kind. Even the most technologically challenged worker easily can use it. 15Five is ideal for any manager who wants to efficiently keep her finger on the pulse of her employees.

About the Author

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The ATD Staff, along with a worldwide network of volunteers work to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace.

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