In his article ‘A Generation Y Perspective on Performance Reviews’ Kyle Lagunas – HR Analyst at Software Advice – gives some great insights into his (and presumably other Generation Y) expectations of, and frustrations with, Performance Reviews. In this article I’ve taken some of Kyle’s key points and with some comments of my own on [...]

Is it time to polish up your listening skills? In my blog ‘Are You Asking Your Employees Enough Questions?’  I gave examples of a whole range of questions that you could ask your employees in order for them to feel valued and validated – in short, to answer the question ‘do you hear me?’      [...]

I’ve made a lot of powerpoint presentations. Not all of them were good. I’ve always struggled to make the visuals work and, specifically, to use visuals to explain my points and persuade my audience  I’ve come across a simple, reasonably priced e-book that I think could help make visual presentations much more effective called ‘Visual [...]

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  In an excellent NT Times article ‘Do Happier People Work Harder?‘ the authors Teresa Amabile, a professor at Harvard Business School, and Steven Kramer point out that Gallup research suggests that employee disengagement in America costs $300 billion in lost productivity annually. They go on to say that ‘of all the events that engage [...]

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I guess it’s always been true that employees ‘sell their labour but volunteer their commitment’ and I’m sure it’s never been truer than with those highly talented, highly sought after ‘Gen Y’ employees.  Peter Drucker says that we have to ‘accept the fact that we need to treat almost everybody as a volunteer’. Whilst I’m [...]

I really like products designed specifically to save time and effort (who doesn’t?) and templates that you can take and use immediately are often a great resource What looks particularly good about this ‘Project Management Templates’ product is that, along with the templates, you get step by step guides and examples The testimonials on the [...]

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Of course it is important that we prepare thoroughly for performance appraisal meetings (what does it say to our employee if we don’t’?). The part of the appraisal meeting that most managers find needs most preparation is the review of the employee’s performance   Here are 10 quick management tips for preparing to for the [...]

  So, you are coming to the end of the performance appraisal meeting. Things have gone well. How do you now review and close the meeting in a way that leaves the employee feeling satisfied and motivated? In my blog ‘Performance Appraisal: 3 Steps to a Motivational Meeting’ I talk about ways to ensure your [...]

In my blog Giving Constructive Criticism – What’s the Problem? I talked about three of the reasons managers struggle to give their employees constructive criticism in order to improve employee performance. In this blog I’m going to talk about a fourth reason, what I call the ‘pain problem’   Here’s how some of the managers [...]

  There is always a ‘practical’ element to preparing for a performance appraisal meeting, and it’s surprising how easy it is to make a mess of this part of the prep. For example have you ever had a performance appraisal meeting in a crowded, noisy bar? (I have!) Or have you ever been told that [...]

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