Articles tagged 'Performance reviews'

HR Insights, Talent Management

When Evaluating Performance, Perfect Is Not a Worthwhile Goal

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My youngest started fifth grade last week, and as I was combing through the official forms and literature, making sure he had all his school supplies and such, I happened upon the grading system:

HR Management, Talent Management

Timely Feedback Always Matters – Especially When It’s For the Good

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Seth Godin is one of my favorite “short form” bloggers.

Generally, his posts offer pithy insight and advice in short, easily digested posts. Here’s a nugget from a recent such post:

The best way to change long-term behavior is with short-term feedback. The opposite is not true. We rarely change short-term behavior with long-term feedback… If you want to reward (or punish) short-term behavior, don’t do it down the road.” Read more…

HR Basics, Talent Management

4 Ways to Make Performance Reviews Work Better

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Performance reviews are an effective way to improve employee performance while also maintaining transparency between management staff.

Unfortunately for many small and mid-sized businesses, delivering an effective performance review is more of a concept than a practice.

Below are four tips for delivering a performance review that is effective, appropriate and will help keep your employees engaged. Read more…

Talent Management

Performance Management: We Won’t Fix the Problem by Ignoring It

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When I ask business leaders in large companies what they want from performance management systems, the answer usually includes “identify the top performers in the company.”

To meet this goal, a performance management system must provide some way to determine how employees are performing relative to their co-workers. Yet there is currently a trend in HR to “fix” performance management by eliminating the use of methods that compare employees based on performance.

This makes no sense since this is the very thing senior business leaders want from performance management! Read more…

Classic TLNT

The Most Important Conversation? It’s Sure Not the Performance Review

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Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday.

It’s a lesson I learned while I was working toward an MBA: the most powerful business lessons aren’t the stories of success, but the stories of failure.

Yes, as good as it is to hear about Herb Kelleher and how he built the great workforce culture at Southwest Airlines, I got a lot more out of studying “Chainsaw” Al Dunlap and all the bad stuff he did while systematically tearing down companies (like Sunbeam) and their culture.

This is also true of business wisdom; I always learn a lot more from the bad advice I see popping up from so many so-called experts who have curious notions about what really matters when it comes to managing people and leading a workforce. Read more…

Benefits, Compensation

The Problem When You Have a Pay-For-Pulse Compensation Strategy

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Picture the scene:

Your company doesn’t have enough money in the annual merit spend budget to grant more than an average  2 percent increase to employees, so the powers that be decide “let’s give everyone a flat 2 percent increase and call it a day.

Has this happened to you? The practice is what some would call a “pay-for-pulse” strategy, where if you haven’t been fired on the date of the scheduled increase, then you’re going to get a raise.

Every warm body who occupies a chair at that time will receive an increase — just because. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

Another Wake-Up Call For Why Performance Reviews Don’t Work

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Here is an excellent wake-up call to anyone in HR:

As the investigation into the VA scandal deepens, it appears that, according to the VA’s performance and incentive system, they were doing GREAT!

Fox News reports that Gina Farrisee, the Assistant Secretary, Office of Human Resources and Administration, Read more…

Benefits, Compensation

How Will We Pay With Open Salaries and No Performance Reviews?

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There are a number of movements afoot in the world of work that promise to impact the way we pay people. Two in particular may well converge to provide the final straw that breaks the back of merit pay.

Let’s begin with Exhibit 1: The “Open Salaries” Movement.

Pay transparency is coming. While it is unlikely that we will reach a point where every organization opens up all compensation information for every employee, I believe that the momentum and spirit behind the pay transparency movement will lead many employers to eventually embrace it, drawing back the curtain to reveal the details of their pay programs and practices. Read more…

HR Insights

Want to Improve Your Game? You Gotta Learn How to Handle Criticism

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To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” — Aristotle, ancient Greek philosopher.

No one enjoys criticism, but sometimes we need it.

No matter where you stand in an organizational hierarchy, you can always improve your game. While many of us claim we’re our own harshest critics, that’s rarely true. It’s usually more helpful to have someone else point out our flaws — if you trust the source.

Criticism can be difficult to hear, but pain helps us learn and improve ourselves. As former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once stated, criticism is necessary because, like physical pain, “it calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.” Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

It’s Not Hard: How to Design a Perfect Performance Management Process

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Here’s how to design the perfect performance management process.

It isn’t a trick. Really.

OK, well “perfect” may be a bit strong, but it is possible to design a performance management process that fits your organization and your culture. Read more…