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How to Get the Most Out of Self-Appraisals

When it comes down to writing a great self-appraisal, a lot of questions come to mind. What are they used for? How are you supposed to promote ...
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The Idiosyncratic Rater Effect & How It’s Ruining Your Performance Reviews

You’ve been a manager for some time, and you have a pretty good read on most people. Or, at least, you’d like to think you do. You strive to rate employees in the most objective way possible, but if you’re doing it based only from your own perspective, reviews are not as effective as they could be. If anything, they are really more of a reflection on yourself, not your employees or colleagues. Marcus Buckingham, in a Harvard Business Review article, states: “...on average, 61% of my rating of you is a reflection of me.”
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What Creating an Ongoing Employee Engagement Model Does for Your Company

Employee engagement is a popular topic in the HR space and has become a major challenge for businesses. A new generation in the workforce demands it, widespread use of technology enables it and a fast-paced environment makes its meaning ever clearer --  all the factors contribute to employee engagement becoming more important than ever. Companies with engaged employees outperform those without by up to 202%... the bottom line clearly proves its efficacy.
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The One Component of the Annual Review that Must Stay

The traditional annual performance review has been criticized for missing the mark in specific feedback, timeliness and progress. 45% of HR leaders do not think annual performance reviews are an accurate appraisal for employee’s work and only 14% of organizations are happy with their performance management system.
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5 Step Process to Increase Workplace Collaboration Immediately [Worksheet]

The following worksheet can be used to audit existing departments and teams that act like silos within any organization. Silos are a mentality that may exist when departments or teams within an organization do not effectively share information and knowledge with others in the organization. The 5 step process identifies the silos, examines them externally and internally, aligns the silos with other silos they work well with and don’t work well with and provides actual feedback depending on the level of collaboration that can be acted upon immediately.
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How to Set a Foundation for Effective Performance Appraisals

Whether they happen once a year or once a month, performance reviews are an essential part of any business. If you want to build a performance culture, how you conduct performance reviews can make or break your business. If you want your reviews to have positive results, you have to lay the groundwork. Good performance reviews don’t just happen. They take work and preparation, and you have to set a foundation. Start working on this prep work now to ensure great reviews down the road.
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3 Proof Points to Inspire Leading a Mission-Driven Company

“Failure to meet a company’s mission-related needs is failure of leadership.” -Chris Groscurth, Senior Practice Consultant with Gallup Inc. Employees without a mission or goals are unlikely to succeed in your organization. In a recent study released by Glassdoor, “mission-driven” companies have 30% higher levels of innovation and 40% higher levels of retention with a tendency of being first or second in their market segment.  
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