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Recognizing Employees Is the Simplest Way to Improve Morale. Recently I’ve been undergoing treatment for cancer, and have had access to a leading oncologist at a world-renowned medical center.

Recognizing Employees Is the Simplest Way to Improve Morale

At one point during a visit, we discussed how long she’s been practicing her specialty. She said she’s been at the same hospital for more than 40 years. Then I asked what her employers had given her to note that amazing milestone — four decades of saving lives! The Five Conversations Framework - From An Alternative Approach to Appraisals © iStockphotoRrrainbow Invigorate your performance reviews with good conversation.

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Imagine it's time for your team members' annual performance reviews. You're keen to use these productively and effectively, and you look forward to building stronger relationships with your people through them. In your mind's eye, a member of your team is sitting across from you. Now let's get back to reality. In this article, we identify the shortcomings of traditional performance reviews, and we'll explore how you can use an approach called the "Five Conversations Framework" to promote dialogue, increase positivity, and build better relationships with your people. About the Tool Dr Tim Baker is a consultant and the managing director of Winners at Work Pty Ltd, a leadership development and change management company. Baker says the standard performance review can be: Costly to implement. How the Five Conversations Framework Works. The Art of Conducting a Great Employee Review.

Surprising Ways To Improve Those Dreaded Year-End Reviews. When The Best Employees Quit, Can You Handle The Truth? Do You Make it Too Hard to Get Promoted? For those who lead companies, how difficult do you make it to promote someone?

Do You Make it Too Hard to Get Promoted?

Is all the effort worth it to your managers, supervisors, and the person themself? Or are you practically posting an Exit sign for your most ambitious, talented workers, who will inevitably seek jobs elsewhere? Here are a couple of promotion practices that may be out of date and hindering your efforts to keep employees engaged, contributing, and moving up the ladder. Promotions happen only once a year. In corporate America, there's a long-standing practice of doling out promotions once a year at annual review time. Nowadays, we move fast. An employee might be ready for a promotion in February. Ditch Performance Reviews? How About Learn to do Them Well? - Maxim Sytch and D.Scott DeRue. By Maxim Sytch and D.Scott DeRue | 10:23 AM June 22, 2010 Few activities in a workplace polarize like performance reviews.

Ditch Performance Reviews? How About Learn to do Them Well? - Maxim Sytch and D.Scott DeRue

Some see them as subjective and ungrounded, one-sided and boss-dominated and something we should do away with entirely, an opinion put forth most recently in a Wall Street Journal article. Others find them an invaluable tool to develop employees and move the company forward. Our view? The Secret Ingredient in GE’s Talent-Review System - Raghu Krishnamoorthy. By Raghu Krishnamoorthy | 10:00 AM April 17, 2014 GE is often highlighted as an organization that develops some of the most effective leaders.

The Secret Ingredient in GE’s Talent-Review System - Raghu Krishnamoorthy

Most companies have a version of the talent-review system we use at GE. But judging from what I hear from managers of companies that visit us to benchmark our system, the difference between our approach and theirs does not lie in forms, rankings, tools, or technologies. It lies in the intensity of the discussion about performance and values. The debate, the dialogue, and the time taken to have an exhaustive view of an individual − evaluating them based on both what they accomplish and how they lead − are far more important than any of the mechanics. As the custodian of the talent-review process, I have been lucky to observe this at close quarters. It starts with the attention given to the individual appraisal. Most of our leaders, including the chairman, spend at least 30% of their time on people-related issues. Delivering an Effective Performance Review - Rebecca Knight.

It’s performance review season, and you know the drill.

Delivering an Effective Performance Review - Rebecca Knight

Drag each of your direct reports into a conference room for a one-on-one, hand them an official-looking document, and then start in with the same, tired conversation. Say some positive things about what the employee is good at, then some unpleasant things about what he’s not good at, and end — wearing your most solicitous grin — with some more strokes of his ego. The result: a mixed message that leaves even your best employees feeling disappointed. The corporate kabuki of performance reviews. Not exactly a state of mind anyone wants to have.

The corporate kabuki of performance reviews

But we don’t need neuroscience to tell us why the annual performance review song-and-dance is so universally reviled. We have our own reasons: the endless paperwork, the evaluation criteria so utterly unrelated to our jobs, and the simplistic and quota-driven ratings used to label the performance of otherwise complex, educated human beings. And then there’s the buggy software and tedious online tools that make what should be a simple process-sitting down for a cup of coffee to talk about how things are going-downright exasperating.

Just ask Pete Juratovic, an Air Force National Guard executive officer who is also the founder of Web design and marketing firm Clikzy Creative in Alexandria, Va. “It’s like a bad homework project,” he says of the “antiquated” software the Guard uses, which requires him to describe his team members’ performance using data-entry fields hardly large enough for a bullet point description. The Myth of the Bell Curve.