November 8, 2016

7 Benefits of Giving Gratitude to Your Employees

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We keep hearing all about communicating and engaging more with employees. Whether it be through performance-based feedback or monthly team bonding events, you should show that you’re paying attention and that you know what your employees are doing. Plus, a little appreciation never hurt anyone. The following benefits prove why engaging and showing some gratitude can help your employees and your overall organization.  

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April 22, 2015

How Does Employee Engagement Affect Performance?

Are happy employees engaged employees? Truthfully, it doesn’t matter (to performance) if your team is happy or not. It is important to have happy employees; denying them so could easily result in a change in employer. When the workday comes to a close, however, what drives business growth? Some companies have taken a high interest in prioritizing the engagement levels of their team in order to drive performance demands. Here are a few ways employee engagement affects performance. Continue reading How Does Employee Engagement Affect Performance?

December 9, 2014

The Million-Dollar Performance Review Question

If there’s such a thing as a million-dollar question that managers should ask employees during a performance review, it’s this: What do you really want to do?
Why is such a simple question so valuable? First, it helps you understand exactly what your employees are passionate about, what engagesthem, and what they see as truly meaningful work. Second, it helps to instill greater accountability in your people by involving them in personally managing their careers and creating reach assignments. And third, it shows that you care about your employees’ needs as well as those of the company.

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November 4, 2014

Performance Review Beat Down or Blueprint for Improvement?

Perspective makes all the difference.

Take a recent infographic from employee communications firm, GuideSpark, for example. At first glance, it seems to offer a pretty solid beat down of performance reviews:

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September 16, 2014

Performance or Engagement? And the Winner Is …

www.reviewsnap.comAs with just about every aspect of performance management, opinions are divided on the question of whether managers should focus on the performance or the engagement level of their people.

Those on the performance side of the debate say that performance-oriented managers drive bottom-line benefits such as profitability, market share and competitive dominance by helping their people achieve specific performance goals and remain closely aligned to the company’s/department’s objectives. Those on the engagement side of the debate say that engagement-focused managers help reduce costly turnover and increase employee productivity and loyalty by sustaining high levels of employee motivation and discretionary effort. Continue reading Performance or Engagement? And the Winner Is …

August 19, 2014

The Importance of Discretionary Effort—and How To Inspire It

www.reviewsnap.comWe sparked some interesting conversation when we mentioned Aubrey Daniels in a recent post about the need for more frequent performance reviews.

You might recall that Daniels was among the first individuals to champion the notion of applying behavioral science to the workplace. As a result, he’s widely known as “the father of performance management.” In discussing our post, some people told us that they’re fans of Daniels’ work. Others said that, while important, his ideas focus too heavily on performance optimization and the bottom line—i.e., wringing the maximum amount of hours and effort out of every single employee. Continue reading The Importance of Discretionary Effort—and How To Inspire It

July 15, 2014

Meeting Employees’ Needs: Culture Management, Engagement, and Preventable Turnover

http://www.reviewsnap.com/performance-reviews.cfmOne of the primary objectives of performance reviews is to ensure that needs are being met—departmental needs, functional needs, organizational needs, and employees’ needs. And there’s the rub. Too often, employees’ needs are overlooked during performance reviews.

Managers focus on other aspects of performance when conducting reviews: whether goals were achieved or not, an employee’s strengths and weaknesses, skill gaps that must be filled, and the like. However, as a recent Harvard Business Review blog post illustrates, it’s a mistake to overlook whether employees’ needs are being met. Continue reading Meeting Employees’ Needs: Culture Management, Engagement, and Preventable Turnover

June 11, 2014

Employee Recognition Should Be Pervasive

Performance Appraisal - Employee RecognitionSixty percent of best-in-class organizations consider employee recognition extremely valuable in driving individual performance. This statement comes from the Aberdeen Group’s recent report, “The Power of Employee Recognition.” Yet the report goes on to say that “only 14% of organizations provide managers with the necessary tools for rewards and recognition.”

This disconnect becomes more alarming when you consider research from Bersin by Deloitte showing “organizations with recognition programs that are highly effective at improving employee engagement had 31 percent lower voluntary turnover than those organizations with ineffective recognition programs.” Continue reading Employee Recognition Should Be Pervasive

May 27, 2014

Compensation Reigns as the King of Job Satisfaction

According to a new SHRM research report, Job Satisfaction and Engagement: The Road to Economic Recovery, employees are citing pay as the top contributor to their overall job satisfaction.

The report flies in the face of a body of research that claims compensation isn’t a significant contributor to job satisfaction. SHRM says that 60 percent of surveyed employees rated compensation/pay as “very important,” while another 36 percent rated it “important.” Just two years Continue reading Compensation Reigns as the King of Job Satisfaction

May 22, 2014

Managers: Want To Increase Employee Engagement? Model the Right Behavior.

Managers often feel responsible for telling employees what’s expected of them in their day-to-day work and how they interact with teammates. It comes with the territory, managers reason. It’s part of my job.

While that’s true to a degree (during onboarding and performance reviews, for example), there’s a better way to drive desired employee performance. Managers should show employees what’s expected through their own behavior. Continue reading Managers: Want To Increase Employee Engagement? Model the Right Behavior.