Category: Employee Performance

40 Phrases to Include in Any Performance Conversation

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Performance reviews require preparation and careful consideration. Conversations should be free-flowing, but they should also serve a purpose, and ultimately, they need to convey the proper message and extract the necessary information to make for a more productive and fruitful review. These meetings can be delicate and uncomfortable, so to set the tone and steer… Read more »

Professional Development: Goals to Turn Better Managers into Great Leaders

Professional Development- Goals to Turn Better Managers into Great Leaders

Employees depend on their supervisors to create a better work culture, motivate them, and coach them throughout their roles. As such, being an effective manager requires more than just managing tasks — it requires leadership. Professional development and goal-setting play a significant role in developing a manager’s goals. Managers already spend a great deal of… Read more »

Competency-Based Training: The New Trend in Employee Development

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Traditional learning is a large commitment for employees, and online courses can be hit-or-miss — the curriculum may cover inapplicable abstract theory, basic concepts, or irrelevant content. It can be difficult for employers to find impactful learning programs where employees can bring back knowledge and developed skills that result in recognizable, quantifiable results. Competency-based learning,… Read more »

The 7 Benefits of Moving Toward a Coaching Leadership Style

The 7 Benefits of Moving Toward a Coaching Leadership Style

Coaching-style leadership relies on the relationship between the manager and their employees. The manager is in charge of nurturing this relationship with the intent of coaching employees through their obstacles as well as successes. Good coaching and leadership can be difficult, but if a healthy connection is properly built, it can come surprisingly easily. The… Read more »

How Promoting Employee Happiness Benefits Everyone

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Everyone has seen the statistics about employee happiness and how it’ll change the way your workplace operates. Companies with happy employees outperform their competitors by 20%. Some companies have even gone as far as hiring an employee experience officer. One of the most notable companies to hire someone dedicated to employee experience was Airbnb back… Read more »

Unlocking Your Employees’ Potential

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Please excuse the racket while we bang this drum one more time: When posting jobs and making hiring decisions, companies tend to overrate experience and underrate intrinsic motivation. It seems that nearly every job posting includes some variation of “Must have 7-10 years’ experience doing X.” We have two questions: 1) What happens to people’s… Read more »

Why Are My New Hires Underperforming?

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Potential does not guarantee performance. How many times have we seen it in sports? A top draft pick who never pans out. The offspring or sibling of an athletic superstar who displays the same physical gifts but somehow bombs out. Sports drafting is not a perfect analog to staffing, but it suffices to make a… Read more »

How Hiring the Wrong Manager can Damage Your Entire Organization

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Unfortunately, there are many more ways to be a bad manager than there are to be a good one. No doubt you’ve encountered one or more of these types: the abrasive manager, the weak-willed manager, the lazy manager, the distracted manager, and the micromanager. You may have even reported to or managed one yourself. When… Read more »

5 Components of Developing Successful Employees

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You don’t want to hire that employee, do you? Of course not. You want to hire THAT employee. That employee is one who interviewed like a star but turned out to be lazy or needy or disinterested, ultimately creating more work for management and team members than he ever completed himself. THAT employee, on the… Read more »

7 Keys to Successfully Onboarding New Employees

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Hiring-managers, recruiters, and HR professionals are understandably excited when they find a qualified candidate who also interviews well. Depending on the length of the search, it can be difficult to resist offering a job on the spot. It may take a few anxious days, but, once all the hurdles are cleared, an offer is made… Read more »