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How to Launch an Employee Appraisal Program

When you set up a new performance appraisal system, you need to gather input from both senior management and employees. You also need to make sure that the program is workable and well communicated throughout [more…]

Pros and Cons of Different Employee Appraisal Approaches

The basic ingredients in all employee appraisal systems are pretty much the same: setting performance criteria, developing tracking and documenting procedures, determining which areas should be measured [more…]

How to Develop Employees to Take Over Key Positions

In a way, succession planning of employees is the culmination of career and leadership development. It’s where you identify — from among your developing leaders — individuals who have the most potential [more…]

How to Pinpoint Employee Succession Candidates

Businesses manage employee succession in different ways based on their individual cultures. Most businesses agree that the primary goal is to create a pipeline of talent by offering top performers extra [more…]

How to Develop Interactions with Employees as Succession Candidates

Companies handle their interaction with employees who are succession candidates in different ways. Some hire and promote people with the message that they’re being groomed either for a specific position [more…]

How to Assess Employee Succession Outcomes

A succession plan is important, but it’s not enough. That’s because a plan doesn’t develop your employees. They need experience, advice, mentorship, and feedback from you. [more…]

Why Mentoring Can Be a Good Tool for Employee Growth

Mentoring among employees can be a great tool for fostering overall career development for your staff. It provides an eye toward career development that can last a professional lifetime. That means using [more…]

How to Implement an Employee Mentoring Program

Developing and implementing a mentoring program takes more than the best of intentions. First, pinpoint your specific goals and make sure that they align with the organization’s goals and will benefit [more…]

Factors of a Good Employee Training Program

Employee training can take many forms. Here are some of the factors that most often influence the effectiveness of a program, regardless of which form it takes. [more…]

Pros and Cons of E-Learning for Employee Training

The use of computer-based and online technology to deliver employee training content has become commonplace throughout corporate America. The great payoff of e-learning is its flexibility and speed, delivering [more…]

Employee Development through Conferences, Seminars, and Mentoring

Employee training should be an ongoing process. As new employees get acclimated to your company, they should continue to develop skills and take on new responsibilities. There are many ways to provide [more…]

In-House Classroom Employee Training

Figuring out which programs to offer employees used to be fairly cut and dried. Most corporate training was delivered the old-fashioned way: through instructor-led, classroom training. Today, more than [more…]

How to Assess Employee Training Needs

A growing number of consulting companies and individuals specialize in helping clients identify the training needs of their employees. If your company is large enough, and you don’t have the time or resources [more…]

How to Track Employee Morale

In many cases, particularly if your company is small, you don’t have a hard time getting a good read on the general atmosphere among employees. But if your company is larger, periodically conducting a [more…]

Popular Perks for Employees

A workplace that’s designed to keep employees happy and productive helps pay for itself in many ways, such as greater retention and a sense that the company genuinely values the people it employs. Although [more…]

Low-Cost Perks Any Company Can Offer Its Employees

Smaller companies can’t afford all the employee perks larger firms can provide, as a rule. But attractive employee perks don’t have to expensive. Here are some inexpensive but no less appealing perks: [more…]

Make Alternative Work Arrangements for Employees

A company’s ability to attract and retain employees with the expertise it requires relates increasingly to the human side of the day-to-day working experience — the general atmosphere that prevails in [more…]

How to Make Alternative Arrangements Work for Your Employees

In theory, alternate work arrangements offer a win-win situation for you and your employees. Many studies have shown that flexible scheduling policies improve morale and job satisfaction, reduce absenteeism [more…]

The Pros and Cons of Outsourcing

Outsourcing is the practice of turning over an entire function (shipping, payroll, benefits administration, security, computer networking) to an outside specialist. In many cases, the outside firm’s employees [more…]

Six Tips for Effectively Measuring Employee Satisfaction

HR efficiency is a quantitative element and as such can be measured precisely. In many cases, particularly if your company has fewer than 50 employees, you don’t have a hard time getting a good read on [more…]

Critical Conversations and People Who Text, Type, or Check Messages

Modern technology devastates the art of conversation. People who continue to text, type, or check their messages won’t focus on critical conversations or hear the message you’re trying to convey. [more…]

Quick Tips for Stopping Me-versus-You Language in Critical Conversations

Critical conversations filled with pronouns like me, I, or you may quickly turn divisive and non-inclusive. Me-versus-you language turns ordinary conversations into battles by focusing on the “us versus [more…]

The Role of a Timekeeper in Critical Conversations

Everyone plays a role in critical conversations, even the guy who keeps time. The timekeeper tracks time’s passing, and how long a critical conversation is taking. The watch-checker is the evil and a bit [more…]

Tips for Encouraging People to Contribute to Critical Conversations

Dealing with silent team members during a critical conversation is often best done by creating opportunities for participation. Dealing with talkers who suddenly go silent during a critical conversation [more…]

Quick Tips for Handling Offensive People in Critical Conversations

During critical conversations, a person may become offensive, dominating the conversation. Even when discussing a problem one-on-one, a person who takes the offensive during a critical conversation is [more…]

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