From the archive Five mistakes: Incompetent employees are the business’ fault

I think this is always good to revisit. I am helping with a situation that is not all that uncommon. I am sure this has happened to you as well. A manager wants to let someone go. Naturally, there is no documentation. So I ask the question “Why?” “Because he is incompetent, he just can’t …

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Forget their Weaknesses, Improve their Strengths to gain.

I just finished reading a Harvard Business Review Tip of the Day, Adapted from “How to Gain Credibility When You Have Little Experience,” by Andy Molinksy and Jake Newfield. These authors say that if you are young and new to the job you should “Start earning your colleagues’ respect by conveying the value you bring. …

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The “why” in performance evaluations

Consulting guru Alan Weiss writes, in his February newsletter,  that “We often believe that praise will help people solidify improvements and continue to grow, and critique will often correct poor performance and help people to do better.” That is often the underlying assumption in performance discussion, even the appraisal event. However, Weiss goes on to …

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Report Card on my 2015 HR Compliance Predictions

One year ago today I published Predictions for HR Compliance in 2015. Let’s see how I did in my predictions. Summary A quick summary of that post shows what I predicted: No new legislation dealing with compliance. While there has been a lot of state activity on minimum wage there has been no move in …

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Getting rid of the performance review process? Not really!

Accenture made news recently by announcing they were getting rid of performance evaluation. The world rejoiced (or so it seemed) as Accenture joined a list of other notable companies to “rid the world of performance evaluation!” The problem is they are not really getting rid of performance evaluation. No more Annual process What Accenture is …

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From the archive: Performance Evaluations “The GREAT EVIL”?

On July 8, 2015 I conducted a webinar on performance reviews for HRDirect.com. In that webinar I mentioned that today many people were calling for the end to performance reviews. I was reminded of this post, which I wrote and published on April 22, 2010. I think it is still relevant today. Periodically performance evaluations/appraisals/reviews …

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From the Archive: Forget their Weaknesses, Improve their Strengths

I am away on some personal time so I wanted to repost this from November 2013. It was pretty well read, which means that others found it interesting, you might too. It is a general consensus these days that performance appraisal is broken. Managers hate to deliver them, employees hate to get them and HR …

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Performance Management Made Easy

As many of you know there is a huge argument about performance appraisal and whether we should eliminate it or not. I come down on the side of “not.” I think people want to know how their boss perceives their work. Easy method A student in my PHR prep class sent me an article called …

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Why it is important to set expectations

Harvey Mackay is a favorite author and speaker of mine. I have found him to be inspirational for years and his wisdom to be timeless and I am not the only one. He is the author of New York Times No. 1 bestsellers “Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive” and “Beware the Naked …

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Tales of Bad Performance Reviews

  I am not generally one of those performance review bashers. I genuinely believe that the performance review is a valuable tool, that when done well, provides a coaching opportunity that is usually desired by an employee. But over the last couple of days I have heard a few stories that just demonstrated what is …

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