Even with data from the Project Oxygen study showing that managers matter, Google had to create a culture of appreciation for great management (since previously Google had questioned the importance of managers). Having identified eight behaviors of great managers at Google, the research team wanted to recognize the role models who demonstrated these behaviors and helped define what great management looks like.
Who better to identify those great managers than the Googlers they manage? In 2009, the annual Great Managers Award (GMA) program was created to recognize some of the best managers across the company. Any Googler can nominate any manager for the award.
Winners are recognized in front of the entire company and get to meet and work with senior leadership. They are also asked to help make managers better across Google and become an incredible resource for the manager community.