Performance Management Blog

Giving Feedback to Your Boss

Posted by Jamie Resker on Mar 27, 2012 11:04:00 AM

When Your Boss Just Isn't Cutting It

It’s hard enough finding the courage to confront a colleague or subordinate about their tendency to arrive late to meetings, steal credit from you or interrupt while you’re talking. But what if that annoying colleague happens to be your boss?

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How to Conduct a Talent Review

Posted by Jamie Resker on Feb 5, 2012 3:08:00 PM

There are two ways, as I see it, of conducting a good talent review.  The 9-box (measuring Performance and Potential) and the 4-box, measuring just Performance.  My personal preference is the Employee Performance Continuum (the 4-box), which you can dowload in a paper-based version with instructions.  I prefer it because it's a visually-based talent assessment tool.  And since the brain has more orbital capability, thinking in pictures requires less effort.  

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Topics: how to do a talent review, ranking employees, measuring performance, e-succession planning tool, e-9 box tool, talent review, measuring empoyee performance, on-line succession planning tool, how to compare employee performance, on-line talent assessment, free trial of succession planning tool

Simple Test to Measure Performance Management Processes Effectiveness

Posted by Jamie Resker on Jan 23, 2012 9:56:00 AM

A simple experiment to determine if your talent management processes are doing what they should:
Randomly select an appropriate sample size of your people- managers.  Have the selected managers and all of their employees do the following Matching Questions Excercise:

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Topics: talent management metrics, performance management metrics, performance management best practices, performance management processes

Performance Feedback, Development and Employee Motivation

Posted by Jamie Resker on Oct 12, 2011 5:02:00 PM

We’re excited to have Sean Conrad, a Certified Human Capital Strategist and Senior Product Analyst at Halogen Software, provide some insight on employee motivation.   

noun /ˌmōtəˈvāSHən/ 
motivations, plural

1.  The reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way
      -escape can be a strong motivation for travel

2.  The general desire or willingness of someone to do something
     - keep staff up to date and maintain interest and motivation

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Topics: employee motivation, employee development, performance feedback, performance management, Feedback as a motivator

The Worst Way to Give Performance Feedback

Posted by Jamie Resker on Aug 5, 2011 10:29:00 AM

Most of what HR professionals (this included me) have taught our leaders about giving performance feedback and addressing performance issues is flat out wrong. 

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Topics: difficult conversations, do's and dont's of performance management, performance feedback training, performance feedback, performance management training, do's and don't of performance feedback

Generation Y and Performance Reviews

Posted by Jamie Resker on Jul 5, 2011 3:48:00 PM

I think we pretty much know that most people dislike performance reviews:  HR hates enforcing the process and chasing down the chronic offenders who never seem to make reviews a priority (65% + or – of your managers).  Managers hate writing and delivering them.  The majority of employees can’t say that they experience the performance review as a helpful developmental process.  You may be aware of a movement around getting rid of the performance review all together: the 1950’s have called and they want their Performance Review Process back asap!

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Topics: Gen Y and Performance Review, Gen Y and Talent Management, performance reviews, Gen Y and Performance Management, Gen Y and Performance Feedback

Employee Performance and Recognition

Posted by Jamie Resker on Jun 16, 2011 5:42:00 PM

The Boston Business Journal honored the 75 best places to work in Boston. The event named the top companies across three categories – large, medium and small businesses.  The midsize business winner for the second year in a row was HubSpot which also happens to be the vendor we use for our web platform.  Check out the video above, featuring some of the Hubspot staff (aka as HubSpotters) and you can easily see how much fun employees have working at this unique 200 person company.  Hmmmm, how do we get employees to voluntarily sing and rap about their employer's products and services?

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Topics: employee motivation, employee development, employee recogntion, professional development

Finally! A Sensible Take on Performance Reviews!

Posted by Jamie Resker on Jun 6, 2011 5:54:00 PM

Written by Julie Lynch of Uncommon Consulting

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Topics: performance appraisals, performance review tips, performance evaluation, performance reviews, improved performance review, performance review ideas

Employees Should Stop Whining About Performance Reviews

Posted by Jamie Resker on Mar 7, 2011 11:03:00 AM

And do Something About it...

As the primary mechanism for delivering feedback, the annual performance review leaves much to be desired. I don’t know that reviews will ever be dumped, but I do know that managers, employees, leadership and HR don’t put a lot of stock in them.

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Topics: asking for feedback, bad managers, employee development, performance feedback, performance reviews, avoiding conflict, bad performance review

Affirming Feedback: The Oldest Recognition Program on Earth

Posted by Jamie Resker on Jan 27, 2011 7:29:00 PM

I expect that most of you reading this will have had a similar experience:

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Topics: feedback, thank you, employee recognition