5 Performance Management Trends that are Shaking Up HR

This is a guest post from Stuart Hearn, who holds views very similar to mine on performance management. I happy to know that a new approach to performance management it taking hold. Outdated performance management processes are coming under fire for being inefficient, hugely time consuming and for not adding any real value. Employees don’t …

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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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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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Forced Ranking as Performance Management

Forced Ranking is a method of performance management made popular by Jack Welch. It is similar to “the curve” many of us may have encountered in high school and college. Due to the popularity of GE and Welch many companies started using forced rankings. After perhaps some initial positive effects most companies find out that …

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Mid-Summer Carnival of HR: Education for HR

The mid-summer edition of the Carnival of HR is being hosted by Jennifer McClure of Unbridled Talent in her Online Degree edition. There are some very interesting and educational posts to be found and you can get a semester’s worth of learning in a few hours just by reading these blog posts. You can find learning material …

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Performance Evaluations: "The GREAT EVIL"?: A Follow Up

My post on Performance Evaluations: “The Great Evil”? generated a fair amount of interest. I had asked in that post for people to participate in a small poll where I asked if performance appraisal needed to be eliminated, changed substantially, left alone or needed more training. Here are the results. To Be Eliminated 4 (19%) …

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Performance & Recognition: Does Your Unspoken Culture Weed Out the Flowers?

In his book Thrive! (Amazon link), consultant Alan Weiss tells of the Tall Poppy Syndrome, a cultural phenomenon of Australia (and as it turns out of other British based cultures.) Wikipedia describes it thus: “Tall Poppy Syndrome (TPS) is a pejorative term used in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada to describe a social phenomenon …

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The Essence of Performance Management

In Collapse Jared Diamond writes “Businesses have changed when the public came to expect and require different behavior, to reward businesses for behavior that the public wanted, and to make things difficult for businesses practicing behaviors that the public didn’t want.” To me that is the essence of performance management. Read that same statement this way, in the context …

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Required Reading for the Week

There are several blog posts this week that are essential reading for anyone who calls themselves an HR Pro. These include: Kris Dunn at the HR Capitalist writing on What’s That Smell? Self Assessments & Performance Management. This is about performance management and the use of self assessment. In addition to his post you MUST …

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