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Performance review options for startups

You probably know your employees dread performance reviews, but did you know that most managers are uncomfortable with them, too? If you fall into this category as well, it's good to know you aren't alone. Performance reviews are difficult to do, but they are the basis of a happy, well-trained staff. That is, if they are done right. In this article, let's look at performance review options for startups. Ditch the annual review ​Who really wants this hanging over their head all year long? Plus, w...
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Want fulfilled and engaged employees? Do these 8 things

Understanding employee engagement, what drives it and how it can be nurtured to boost productivity, performance, and loyalty, is an essential part of your job as a leader. Employees who involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work are happy and productive employees who seek to achieve successful outcomes for themselves, their team, and the company. While there are numerous factors involved in keeping employees happy, engaged and motivated, it's up to leaders to create a positive ...
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This chart will show you when you can multitask and when you can’t

Despite considerable research showing the human brain can't fully focus on more than one task at a time, employers continue seeking job candidates who excel at multitasking. Although becoming proficient at certain tasks makes it easier for us to quickly switch between them, we usually take longer to complete them—and we're more prone to making mistakes when our brain has to constantly refocus. According to some research however, there are times when juggling multiple tasks can be productive...
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Productivity vs Efficiency: Which one matters more and why?

Although the terms productivity and efficiency are often used interchangeably, they aren't the same and the first step to improving your performance is to understand the difference between them. Essentially it comes down to the difference between quantity and quality. So you can think of productivity as how much you get done, while efficiency is doing the best work possible in less time. In this article, Undre Griggs shares how to increase both your efficiency and productivity—and strike the rig...
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How to use your business plan to be a better manager

A business plan isn't just a static document you put together as a baseline for starting a business or raising investment; it's an important strategic tool for managing and growing your business. It provides structure and guidance for managing change, helps you focus on the specific steps necessary to achieve short-term and long-term goals, and it acts as a management tool for keeping the business on track. In this article, Tim Berry shares some top tips on how to use your business plan to set m...
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6 apps to help you refocus after your summer vacation

While some seasonal businesses heat up during the summer months, many businesses experience their slowest time of the year. Apart from going on vacation, the summer slow down often means a more relaxed atmosphere at work and shorter hours. Once the quiet period is over it can be difficult getting back into your normal rhythm and even more difficult to start gearing up "to finish out the year strong," writes Lindsay Tigar. Here, she shares six apps recommended by executives and experts to help yo...
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How to motivate frontline employees

Keeping employees engaged and productive is a key component of success, yet many organizations unwittingly stifle motivation and performance through leadership practices that are counterproductive. "Why people work determines how well they work," write Lindsay McGregor and Neel Doshi. And the practice of creating emotional and economic pressure to drive performance can reduce motivation and worsen performance instead of improving it. Here, the authors share how implementing a new operationa...
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9 daily rituals to boost your performance at work (infographic)

Athletes use pre-game rituals to help them focus on achieving their goals, musicians often have rituals they perform before they'll go on stage and some of the world's best performing executives have morning rituals they follow to set themselves up for the day. A ritual can be any set of actions you use to get into the right mindset for an important event or activity. Here, Rose Leadam shares some of the rituals that can boost your performance, improve your productivity,...
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Why you shouldn’t be afraid of making mistakes

One of the best ways to learn is from experience and this means taking risks, facing challenges and making decisions that can sometimes end up being mistakes. The key to making progress is to learn from your mistakes and adjust your course of action. And this is as true for those in leadership positions as it is for anyone else. Coach John Wooden not only became basketball's most successful coach, his powerful and enduring leadership lessons can help anyone improve their performance and achieve ...
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Six components of corporate culture help attract and retain talent

A healthy company culture is one of your strongest assets, helping you to attract and retain top talent. The culture of any organization is defined by the values, behaviors and practices that create its unique environment. The stronger the culture, the better your employees understand what's expected of them and what they're working towards. And a high level of employee engagement translates into high performance and low staff turnover. This article explores the elements that mаkе uр a company's...
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