Valence Raises $25M to Help Enterprises Build Stronger Teams and More Productive Workplaces at Scale

Valence, the leading teamwork platform, today announced its $25 million Series A fundraise led by New York-based private equity and venture capital Insight Partners with additional investments from existing investors. This round of funding will be used to meet growing market demand and attract premier talent.

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There’s no right way to do hybrid - and that’s okay.

Hybrid. Return to work. Flex. We’ve talked to many leaders about how their organizations are handling “what comes next” in the way their teams work. What strikes us is the variety of solutions on how to best support teams: some are sending people back into the office based on task, by day of the week, or others by manager discretion. This variety suggests two things: firstly, that there is no ‘right’ way to tackle hybrid; and secondly, that what is more important is finding what is ‘right’ for your organization.

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Why we are believers in a pre-employment work experience

Recruiting the right people for any business is hard - especially with the complexities of the last year at work. We’ve found that a pre-employment work experience - working alongside a potential hire on a challenging, time bound project - has changed how we gauge the right fit well before day 1.

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Building psychological safety: It takes values first, then a village

Before teams can truly be psychologically safe in the workplace, there needs to be a change in thinking to how we support it. And we’ve found it’s in the adoption of a core set of values first, before anything else.

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Team swarming requires standard norming

The way we work is changing more rapidly than ever before. The old wisdom about how to nurture successful teams no longer applies. Teams are coming together and disbanding faster than ever. This phenomenon requires new norms, resources, and ways of working.

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4 Ways To Boost Team Morale That Don’t Include Another Zoom Wine-down

Even the most motivated and driven among us have struggled with massive swings in our energy and morale. During this time of upheaval and crisis, how you help your team rediscover their motivation will be the top indicator for their long-term effectiveness, satisfaction and contributions.

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Don’t Be A Hero

This crisis and upheaval has demanded a lot of managers. But those hero managers who jumped in headfirst, kept their teams afloat, and made sure nothing was dropped, are now burning out. Turns out, even heroes need a break. Instead, conductor managers and their teams are thriving. Here’s how to make the change.

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Your Role Isn’t To Diffuse Conflict But Promote It

Professional instinct has conditioned us to avoid conflict with the age old saying “It’s bad for business.” Fast forward to today’s world of work and we’ll be the first to tell you that difference is what’s fueling outperforming teams. To lead your team in this direction, you’ll need to keep tension at the centre of your strategy.

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Check Your Rearview Before Claiming A Crisis Is Over

We recently checked in with some of our senior clients and heard a variation of the phrase, “The crisis is over.” But after speaking with our users in middle management and on the frontlines of organizations, different experiences were left behind, far from it.

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