Author Archive | Robert Bacal

Do Your Managers Identify Barriers To Employee Performance?

Diagnosing Employee Performance Issues, THE Key To Improvement If You Don’t Know “Why”, You Can’t Fix It Let’s recap the overall performance management process. Start with performance planning, work with the employee to clarify job roles, responsibilities, and expectations. Communicate throughout the year about performance, so we can catch problems early and so there would […]

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Exit Interview Mini-Guide By Robert Bacal

If you are NOT doing exit interviews for staff who are leaving, you are missing out on a wealth of important information about how you can improve your company. While this article is written primarily for managers, HR folks will find it useful in both justifying the time it takes do do exist interviews, and the questions and information you should be using and soliciting. It appeared originally at: http://work911.com/articles/exit.htm

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Before You Bring In A Motivational Speaker…Consider Possible Harm.

In the past I’ve suggested that most motivational speakers cost good money and achieve nothing more than very temporary increases in “motivation” and morale. That’s a best case scenario. The poor ones don’t achieve anything at all. There’s another question though. Can motivational speakers cause harm to individuals and organizations? The answer is a resounding […]

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The Why And How Of Employee Onboarding/Orientation: It’s More Important Than You Think

Employee Orientation More Important Than You Think By Robert Bacal Here’s a short article, originally published in the Robert Bacal Work911 Article Library, to help both managers and human resource professionals think a bit more about employee orientation, why it is so important to both employee retention and productivity, and how to go about it. We would […]

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How System Thinking Changes How One Does Performance Reviews and Improving Performance

How System Thinking Changes How One Does Performance Reviews and Improving Performance By Robert Bacal Implications Of System Thinking for Your Performance Reviews The most important implication for conducting performance reviews is this: if your goal is to improve performance and the ability of your employees to contribute to the company goals and the goals […]

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Human Resource Policies: ANTI-Bullying, PRO-Respectful Workplace?

Human Resource Policies: Anti-Bullying Or Pro-Civil Workplace? Human resources departments are usually the nexus point for creating policy, and are usually responsible for drafting workplace anti-bullying policies. As our awareness and sensitivity has increased, more companies have or will continue to create anti-bullying policies. But should they? On one level, I think we’d all agree […]

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Thought Shock: Time To Forget About Employee Engagement?

Over the last decade, no management idea has gained more attention than employee engagement. Fueled by Gallup research, there’s been a mania about “EE” that has many companies investing millions in improving it with the end of improving productivity. Yet, the results are questionable. Here are some things to consider about your employee engagement program, […]

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