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Performance Rating Schemes

April 15, 2010

To those who who still believe in the antiquated ‘bell curve’ theory I say it’s a really bad idea. It indicates to me that an organization’s hiring and development process isn’t working. I prefer to hire people who fit the profile of my best performers. If you have mostly top performers, it’s unfair to force […]

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Why You Need to Focus on Your Top Performing Employees

January 25, 2010

According to the Washington-based Corporate Executive Board, nearly 25% of your high achievers may already started actively looking for a new job. That’s compared to only 10% of the broader workforce. Have you thought about this and how it can impact your business if just some of your high achievers left just as the economy […]

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Hiring Employees: The Importance of Using Objective Assessment Tools

December 22, 2009

We all want to hire the right person for the right job, but that’s easier said than done. Most employers use a mostly subjective ‘tools’ during the interview process. The end result is that the final decision is more of a ‘gut feel’ which often leads to a disappointing hire for the both the employer […]

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So Many Things To Do, So Little Time

December 20, 2009

I’m sitting here trying to stay focused on doing one thing until it’s completed. But then I find myself quickly distracted by another to-do item rolling around in my head.  I then say to myself that I got to remember to get to this new thought as soon as I finish what I stared working  […]

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Develop a Weakness or Build on a Strength?

October 7, 2009

I was skimming this week’s Boston Business Journal and came upon  a sentence that made me stop cold. It ‘spoke to me’. It said, “While most people focus on faults that need correcting, (he) knew how to point out the things she did right, and teach her to strengthen those qualities.” Think about it…(a) is […]

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Use 360-degree Feedback to Give Your Employees a Voice

September 30, 2009

In today’s crazy economic climate, many employees are really feeling stressed. Much of this stress comes from uncertainty and being overworked. As an employer, you can do several things to reduce the stress. One area I hear about a lot from my clients is that their employees are afraid to confront a manager or peer […]

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The Danger of Hiring During a Recession

July 7, 2009

Are you in a hiring mode during this recession? There’s a good news/bad news flavor to hiring right now. First the Good News: Do you think it will be a cake walk because… there are so many good candidates out there who have been laid off? they are motivated to quickly land a new job […]

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Cutting Staff? Protect Yourself

June 16, 2009

If you need to downsize your employee headcount, there’s something critical you need to know and do. This posting gives you the simple steps to protecting yourself and your company.

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Succession Planning: What Vendors Don’t Tell You

April 21, 2009

What you absolutely need to know about using employee appraisals for succession planning. Don’t believe the vendors who tell you past performance in on position is a highly predictive indicator for promotion into another postition.

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The Power of Multirater Feedback for Employee Appraisals

April 14, 2009

If you are conducting employee appraisals for your employees, then you should consider asking other people who work with the employee to give their feedback. Normally only the manager is providing the feedback regarding how well the employee is meeting the stated performance criteria. Some organizations also ask the employee to do a self-appraisal, but […]

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