Articles tagged 'Performance reviews'

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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…

Rewards & Recognition, Talent Management

The Big Benefits You Can Get From Remaking Performance Reviews

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It must be nearing annual performance review season, because my reader is filling up with news articles and blog posts on the topic – all of them reiterating just how broken the traditional process is.

Why is the traditional annual performance appraisal broken?

There’s several reasons, including too much emphasis on feedback from just one person (the manager) and far too infrequent giving of needed feedback (both praise and constructive refocusing). Read more…

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Still a Good Question: Do We Really Need Annual Performance Reviews?

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

Do we really need annual performance reviews?

I’ve written before that there is a balance between ongoing feedback from multiple sources and annual feedback from one source. I’ve also written about what it would look like if you scrap the performance review.

The latter seems to be the more prevalent – and more pertinent – question in recent conversations. Today, I’m pleased to share with you two recent case studies of organizations that have done just that, both of them relying on more frequent feedback and recognition given in the moment – the hallmark of truly strategic recognition programs. Read more…

Talent Management

What Do You Do When Employee Feedback Goes Wrong?

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What you do when you give an employee feedback and they disagree or get upset with you is one of THE most important managerial moments-of-truth to master.

If you handle this poorly, the employee might comply, but they are likely to leave the conversation distrusting your judgment, losing respect for you, and feeling resentful.

If you handle it well, not only will you get better performance, you will strengthen your relationship with them — and therefore increase their engagement level moving forward. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring Wisdom: Ask Applicants For Their Last Performance Review

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Since it often proves impossible to get meaningful references on job applicants, a copy of the last performance review can be an invaluable source of information.

However, before you ask for a copy, I suggest you ask the following questions during the interview:

  • Were you given a performance review in your most recent position? Read more…
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The Top 5 Pain Points in Performance Reviews (And How To Solve Them)

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

Let’s be honest: performance reviews are a pain in the you-know-what.

Employees don’t like them and HR aren’t fans either — 45 percent of HR leaders didn’t think reviews were good gauges of a worker’s performance, compared to last year’s 39 percent, according to a poll by the Society of Human Resource Management and Globoforce.

They simply aren’t the kind of feedback the modern worker needs to perform better, particularly in ever changing work environments. Read more…

HR Management

HR Roundtable: Just What Is Performance Management, Anyway?

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Steve wanted to end 2013 on a high note with the HR Roundtable in Cincinnati, so he made sure there had a juicy topic to discuss.

The topic was this — “Just what is Performance Management?”  This drew a very engaged group of folks who wanted to dive in and discuss this emotion-filled area of HR.

The small groups were tasked with answering the following questions:

  1. How do you define “performance management?” Read more…
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The Things Managers Can Do to Improve Employee Performance

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Editor’s note: TLNT is continuing an annual tradition by counting down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 31. Our regular content will return in January.

When spring came around, I was very proud of myself for getting a gym membership. It was about time to get rid of those holiday pounds if I was trying to impress anyone at the pool this summer.

The first two months were great. I worked out consistently and felt better. Then summer has rolled around and I haven’t been to the gym in weeks. Just too busy. Read more…

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7 Tips For Giving Feedback (and Making It a Lot Less Difficult, Too)

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Editor’s note: TLNT is continuing an annual tradition by counting down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 45. Our regular content will return in January.

How do you feel when it’s that time to provide “feedback” to your team?

It might be performance feedback or development feedback, but my guess is that it’s not your favorite thing to do.

Step back for a moment, though, and think about your role as a leader. What is the single biggest responsibility of a leader? One can say “delivering results” but the truth is, leaders don’t deliver results; their teams deliver results. Read more…