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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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Is your employee having an off day—or is something more serious going on?

It's unrealistic to expect that every employee will have a highly productive day every day. We all have a few "off days" and they don't usually last long. If they do persist though, they become a slump. And while few employees consciously slack off, a team member who is underperforming— whatever the reason—can impact the company's overall performance and productivity. Here, leading entrepreneurs share the warning signs of underperformance, how they get to the root of the prob...
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Does technology make professionals more productive?

Technology is a double-edged sword. While the "work anywhere, anytime" culture allows for greater flexibility, the blurring of boundaries between work and personal life can also create conflict. The automation that frees you from tedious, repetitive tasks can lead to the fear of losing your job to a robot. And the use of wearable devices to monitor employee performance may be raising more questions about privacy than answers about productivity. While research continues exploring how to achieve t...
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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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11 things to never say during your performance review

As an important component of employee development, performance reviews help you achieve your career goals while ensuring your performance is aligned with organizational objectives. Apart from your manager giving constructive feedback on your performance, you should also have an opportunity to share your views and discuss any opportunities to advance your career. While the process may make you feel uncomfortable, it's essential to communicate effectively to benefit from a performance review ...
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What you can learn from your least productive employees

Most people have, at some time during their career, had a co-worker who didn’t pull their weight. As a leader, your ability to bring out the best in those you work with is critical to your success, and an employee’s poor performance isn’t always due to laziness. The first step in addressing the problem is identifying the cause so you can handle it accordingly to achieve the best possible outcome. Here are five reasons you need to consider, and how you can tackle them. [Read the full article on i...
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Behavioral science isn't all about mind games--here's how to use it ethically to keep your employees happy

Having an insight into how the human mind works can help you maximize the potential of your employees and improve their performance. Just as understanding how people make decisions is essential to a good marketing campaign, there are psychological techniques you can use to boost productivity in the workplace. There is a fine line between motivation and manipulation and the techniques shared here are ones you can apply in an ethical way to avoid crossing that line. [Read the full article on inc.c...
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5 workplace trends that will impact your business in 2017

Research into hiring trends and challenges for 2017 identifies 5 major trends that are having the biggest impact on the workplace this year. Recruitment expert Tom Gimbel looks at how businesses need to develop a greater focus on culture, change their approach to performance reviews, improve the employee experience, take increasing automation into account, and prepare for a new generational shift in the workforce. [Read the full article on entrepreneur.com]
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Workplace revolution: Key trends changing how work is getting done in 2017

According to Nick Candito, there are five key trends driving business success in 2017. In this article he explores how the role of IT is being reshaped as organizations seek to implement business processes that are easier to build and change as needed. He also looks at how organizations need to analyze performance more effectively to target inefficiencies, embrace transparency to gain customer trust, and adapt to the rising number of mobile workers. [Read the full article on entrepreneur.com]
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Don't force it: How 'meaningful' work can turn off employees

Meaningful work motivates employees and enhances their performance and productivity. While there are various strategies you can use to help employees find meaning in their work, authenticity is crucial for such strategies to be successful. A recently published study reveals how an employer’s efforts to manipulate meaningfulness, when poorly executed, can backfire, creating problems for the employees and for the organization. [Read the full article on businessnewsdaily.com]
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