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The Problem With “Constructive” Feedback

& Management.

The traditional annual performance evaluation system has recently come under attack, particularly because of its ineffectiveness in helping develop great performance. A once-a-year snapshot forced down the throats of managers that doesn’t develop excellence? Shocking! 🙄 The research suggests that more frequent feedback provides better results. But what separates the inspired manager from the mediocre… Read more »

Are Emojis Okay for Business Email?

& Communication.

Have you ever experienced the scenario where a team member is lamenting their colleague’s lack of responsiveness? The email chain has gone back and forth ten times with clarifying questions and still there is no resolution. In your mind, the situation is ridiculous. The people writing the emails are sitting three cubicles away from each… Read more »

The Onboarding Process

& Management.

The goal of an employee onboarding process is to improve company productivity by quickly increasing a new employee’s effectiveness. The process begins the day the offer of employment is accepted and lasts until the end of the 90-day probationary period. Once the offer has been accepted, it becomes the manager’s job to ensure that the… Read more »

A Different Take on Employee Engagement

& Leadership.

Gallup defines engaged employees as those who are involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their workplace. To find a way to measure this, Gallup studied tens of millions of people and determined that just 12 questions (the Gallup Q12) can provide effective metrics on employee engagement. Yes, engagement can be quantified and yes, you… Read more »

The Recognition Gap: Make Sure Your Team Feels Appreciated

& Leadership.

The recognition gap is the space between the amount supervisors think they meaningfully recognize their employees’ accomplishments and the amount the employees perceive that recognition. Carolyn Wiley’s research reports that “while 80% of supervisors claim they frequently express appreciation to their subordinates, less than 20% of the employees report that their supervisors express appreciation more… Read more »