Archive | June, 2013

Friday Employee Engagement Factoid #34: On the Lookout

On the lookout A study of over 1,700 employees conducted in 2012 by the American Psychological Association (APA) indicated that more than half of all employees intended to search for new jobs because they felt under appreciated and undervalued.  http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/phwa/workplace-survey.pdf Commentary Perhaps the quickest way to get rid of someone is not to fire them […]

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Performance Management Survey Results in; How Do You Compare?

Most everyone does appraisals (94% of respondents) but not everyone thinks they are doing them well (4% say they do a “terrible” job and 32% say appraisals are “nearly impossible to implement”), according to our recent survey of performance management practices. Some other highlights of the 2013 Performance Management Survey: Employee self-evaluation is part of […]

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Dispelling the Chimera of Self-Awareness

By the time we’ve been in the workforce a couple years, most of us begin to get solicited and unsolicited feedback on our personal behavior. Sometimes it’s painful, but sometimes it’s wonderful. Recently, I chuckled over the fact that when one Gen-Yer left a firm to go to another, he heard some marvelous words: he […]

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Friday Employee Engagement Factoid #33: Performance

The 15% Gap Most organizations need a 20% performance improvement to meet goals across the next year. But conventional performance management can only improve productivity by up to 5%. The key to achieving breakthrough performance is to focus on building employees’ enterprise contribution – the sum of individual task performance and network performance. ( Source) Commentary We […]

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Are We Looking At Employee Engagement The Wrong Way?

It’s almost impossible to search for anything about the workplace without coming across articles about employee engagement. These prescriptions, invocations, and exhortations are published every day, and a lot of companies have jumped on the engagement train. It has the feel of a fad, but it’s been around long enough that it’s probably much more […]

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Why It’s So Difficult To Improve Performance Management Systems

One of the salient aspects of working with companies wishing to improve performance appraisal and management systems is the simple repetition of a phenomenon. Most companies redesign their performance management systems. Sometimes they attempt total redesigns. Sometimes it’s tweaking it, changing the forms and so on. Perhaps the strangest thing is the common result most […]

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