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Between employees who cannot cite any value in the performance evaluation process to practitioners who treat it as one more administrative task; performance management has taken a beating over the years. I always say the employee-employer dynamic is very much like a relationship- you should never go to bed mad and communication is key. In…

Simple

Today’s post is not sexy, outrageous, provocative, disruptive, innovative, or thought provoking. It’s just about a simple technique to get more work done better. Quick, what’s the purpose of meetings? (No, not the cynical answers about inflating the perceived importance of the person who’s leading it or killing time between doing real work.) Really, why…

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I am not arrogant enough to consider myself a futurist, but now and then I spot somethings that seems fairly obvious to me that are going to come to pass in the future. Those of us who hang out here in the #HR Cyberspace are always trying to understand the next thing, be plugged into…

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Pictured above (L to R Lori Goldsmith, Heather Kinzie and Dave Ryan late one night at #HRFL12) We have added several new authors here at PICHR recently and we are generating some kick-ass content. We also have some great regional diversity by having contributors from New York, to Florida, to Texas, Minnesota and onto Alaska…

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Anxiety. Agony. Denial. Regret. Stress. What do all of these have in common? They are all things people experience when they hear that it is annual performance review time, especially if you are a people leader. And even more so if you have more than one direct report. In most organizations, performance appraisals are one…

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The movie, Nightcrawler, was released on Halloween. The title alone invoked thoughts of nocturnal arachnids. Coupled with the folklore of Halloween and the creepy image of Jack Gyllenhaal on the movie poster; it would not be added to the “Must See” list. Yet, there I was, late-morning on Halloween ready to enjoy a blockbuster on…

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I work in the manufacturing segment. One of the credos in manufacturing is “cheaper, faster – better.”  If you can get that figured out in manufacturing you will have a hugely successful career.  Take it to Detroit; they will love you in the motor city.  When we think of this credo and we are to…

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You’ve been there before. You are part of a project team made up of individuals from various groups and functions. During the regular status update meeting it is revealed that Jane hasn’t completed the actions required to move the project to the next phase. Do you: A:  Shrug and walk away because you knew this was…

scoreboard

Much like professional sports have scoreboards and player statistics to show league standings and ratings, corporate teams can use scorecards to measure performance and progress against business objectives. Using a performance scorecard allows you to monitor and measure key performance indicators and provides a visual health check of your accomplishments. These measurements are frequently found…

Summer Interns

Summertime in the world of work is usually when you find relaxed dress codes, shortened work weeks, and extended vacations. It is also the time where companies set aside time to bring up the next generation of the workforce – interns! Like most leaders, you believe in the value of an internship program. Your company…