Category Archives: Performance

How to Approach and Manage Paid Time Off

April 4, 2016   

As the weather warms up and we head toward summer, there’s something on the mind of most employees: vacation. With dreams of vacation comes the reality of a workplace paid-time-off policy.

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Taking the Off-Ramp: A Guide to Offboarding Exiting Employees

April 4, 2016   

You probably already have an onboarding strategy in place. It likely involves employee training, perhaps some mentorship opportunities, and general ways to help employees feel welcome and help them learn about your corporate culture.

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Innovation in the Workplace, Part 2: Organizational Culture

January 27, 2016   

In my last article about innovation, I briefly mentioned what people need in order to be more consistently innovative: They need curiosity, the ability and room to ask great questions, space for experimenting (using the scientific method), a safe environment in which to fail, time to reflect and imagine, room for collaborative relationships, and time […]

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Cross-Border Workforce Issues: Worker Qualifications and Virtual Teams

December 8, 2015   

Globalization continues to march steadily forward, and the HR and talent management functions of your company are no exception. Workers are recruited and deployed to just about anywhere in the world with an Internet connection, which can create some real headaches for your department in a variety of areas. Two areas that deserve special consideration […]

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Achieving Flow in the Workplace

December 8, 2015   

Everyone wants things to flow in the workplace. But how about you, yourself? Have you ever had that experience of intensity where you’re so focused and everything is working just right and you feel unstoppable? Now imagine cultivating those kinds of experiences in the workplace on a regular basis. Proponents of flow claim companies can […]

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Spotlight On: What It’s Like to Work at Netflix

November 11, 2015   

Netflix has revolutionized the way people watch TV and movies. This on-demand streaming media service is available throughout the globe, and it now has more 69 million subscribers, with 43 million of those being in the U.S. Netflix has been so successful it’s also launched its own original programming line-up including the highly popular House […]

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Can Performance Reviews Be Harmful? And If So, What You Can Do About It

November 6, 2015   

Research highlighted by the Wall Street Journal is showing something surprising: not only can performance reviews cause a bit of anxiety for employees, but this stress can actually be harmful.  The Findings The Wall Street Journal is bringing to attention the findings of a paper in Strategy + Business, written by a team of researchers […]

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Could You Fire a Family Member? Family Business Challenges.

March 25, 2015   

Could You Fire a Family Member? How to Handle Difficult Talent Management Challenges in Today’s Family Business Family business in America can’t be underestimated—these enterprises account for 50 percent of America’s GDP, 60 percent of employment in the U.S. and 78 percent of all new job creation. (Clark, 2014). It’s not just the U.S. where […]

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Increasing Productivity: Minding the Big Picture AND the Little Picture

January 31, 2015   

Most people would love to boost their productivity, and the management at your organization wouldn’t mind that at all either. Why does it seem so difficult? A main reason why many people fail to see results is because they don’t realize there are two different levels that need attention. Focusing on one to the exclusion […]

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The Difference Between Performance Management and Performance Appraisal

November 26, 2014   

If you think that your company’s annual performance appraisal or review means you’re doing performance management, think again. Understanding how the two are different, and how they relate to each other, is a key learning point for today’s HR and talent management professionals. The problem of course, is that for the vast majority of employees […]

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