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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So What? Improvement through questions

I try to improve myself all the time because, frankly, I need it. For this reason I am reading Think Smarter by Michael Kallet. The subtitle of the book is Critical Thinking to Improve Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills. It has been a thought-provoking exercise. Kallet talks about the value of asking questions. One question I …

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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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A quick tip to keep you and your employees on their toes

As I do my reading a consistent theme is that you need to be a constant learner in order to be successful. Futurist James Canton mentions it as one of the keys to future success as well. To be a constant learner you need to be a consistent learner. But how do you do that? …

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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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5 Investments To Make Employees More Productive

Today’s post is brought to you by SocialMonsters.org. I particularly like the library idea. Short of whips and other devices not used since the dark ages, you cannot force employees to be productive. Productivity comes from within and is related to self-efficacy and subjective well-being, reports the China Safety Science Journal. When workers are happy …

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5 Ways to tell a new employee they need to improve

My experience has been that managers, supervisors, and HR people dread having to tell an employee that their work is not up to par or they need to improve or they need to change something that is disagreeable. Here are 5 ways to tell an employee they need to improve. Avoid it in the first …

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