Why your startup needs an employee handbook

An employee handbook is vital to the success of your startup. But, perhaps you're wondering why your startup needs an employee handbook and when it's appropriate to create one. Two of the simplest reasons you need one are for the creation of processes and policies and to facilitate benefits administration. Let's look at these reasons as well as a few others, but first, let's discuss when you need one.   When do you need a handbook? While there's no one-size-fits-all answer, it's the best pr...
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Managers: this is when your constructive criticism is needed (and when it's not)

Feedback is crucial for making sure everyone delivers his or her best performance at work. Employees need to know what they are doing well and not so well and, when it's delivered with the right intentions and in a way that's helpful, feedback is a valuable part of their learning and development. Since the purpose of giving feedback is to improve a situation or a person's performance, you need to think carefully about why you're giving feedback and how you're going to approach it. "Where and whe...
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Find the coaching in criticism

Most of us find it hard to take criticism, as our natural tendency to feel offended and react emotionally often overrides our need to learn and grow. While your manager can learn the skills required for giving effective feedback, you also need to learn how to receive it. Because no matter how good someone is at giving feedback, how you react to it is up to you. Here Sheila Heen and Douglas Stone explore the emotional triggers and how to manage them better so you can accept feedback, seek coachin...
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Self-assessment: 5 tips for writing your performance evaluation

Despite being a yearly rite of passage in many organizations, performance reviews are rarely popular. It's one of the tasks managers dislike the most and employees dread having to evaluate their own performance. However, apart from matching your accomplishments with business objectives, the review process can help you map your achievements against your career goals, plan your professional development and identify opportunities for learning and growth. To help you get the most out of your ne...
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