Is Keeping Your Employees “Happy” Worth It?

Recently, happiness has become something employers aspire to. It makes sense. Very few of us want to be the manager who makes employees miserable, even if it results in higher productivity. Happiness is so important, in fact, that Japanese tech conglomerate Hitachi is introducing a new happiness badge, which tracks each employee’s well-being by monitoring how they move around and sit at work. The details of the badge are still murky, but its existence highlights a key point about work: happiness is now seen as intrinsic to productivity.

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Talent Management, Employee Engagement, Performance Management, Management

Small Business Concerns: Laying the Foundation for Performance Management


As small businesses begin to scale their talent to match the demand for a good idea, they should prepare for a few new concerns. And as small businesses continue to come back into style, properly accommodating for new staff will become a growing concern. Half of all small businesses plan to add new employees in 2015, and with those new employees comes an idea many DIY entrepreneurs may not have thought of: how do they keep track of what everyone’s doing and making sure they’re all getting the feedback they need to improve on the job? Performance management is their answer.

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Performance Management, small business hr software, Small Business Recruiting, Small Business Performance Management, Small Business Hiring, Small Business Concerns

Talent Management: Sustaining Performance [Part 2]

 The biggest factor in driving organizational growth is talent management. The problem with talent management is that it is such a large portion of business, that in itself can be hard to manage. This three-part series addresses some of the aspects of talent management and how to resolve poor talent management practices.

Your team depends on managers to guide them and give them feedback, but unfortunately, not every manager has been properly equipped with the tools they need to invest in their employees. Without that dedication to employees, succession planning becomes a much more difficult task because there is a limited supply of prepared leaders already a part of the organization.

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Talent Management, Performance Management, Talent Management System

5 Team Building Exercises and How You Can Learn From Them

Team building is one of those aspects of work culture most find difficult to define. How do you rate the cooperation different employees display with each other? Is the failure of a team to perform the result of poor individual participation, a lack of chemistry between members, or bad direction?

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Performance Management, Performance Management System, Team Building

Cleaning House? Here’s How C-Player EEs Can Help

Talent acquisition and talent management are all about the A-player. Sure we’ll take the B-Player, but when you really ask the hiring manager who they want on their team, nobody says “I’ll take an average employee, thank you very much.” Enter the C-player, a bit of a misnomer for executive America, since there are very few performers below the C-player; if we were using elementary school grading they’d probably get closer to a “D”. In the real world, drop below “C” and you’re pretty much fired.

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Goal Alignment, Performance Management, Organizational Goals

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