What does good performance management look like?
Jan15

What does good performance management look like?

Performance management is under the spotlight at last. Radical changes in business culture are transforming the way people are managed – for the better. In the past, performance management has been relegated to the annual appraisal. It is an outdated, ineffective and demotivating tool. Performance management is one of the most powerful things a manager has in terms of motivating employees and ensuring individuals and teams meet...

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The art of conducting performance appraisals
Aug24

The art of conducting performance appraisals

The much-maligned system of staff appraisals, scrapped by many, clearly had more of an impact on employee performance than many realised, with even the CIPD noting that where performance reviews were scrapped, staff performance was suffering. When it comes to performance, the UK lags behind many of our European neighbours – so why can’t we get to the bottom of the productivity puzzle? Britain’s output per hour worked is...

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ONS Stats: Record low for unemployment, but productivity gap increasing and real wages falling
Aug16

ONS Stats: Record low for unemployment, but productivity gap increasing and real wages falling

The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics, released today, reveal that between January to March 2017 and April to June 2017, the number of people in work increased, the number of unemployed people fell, and the number of people aged from 16 to 64 not working and not seeking or available to work (economically inactive) also fell. The UK unemployment rate fell to 4.4% in the 3 months to June 2017 – the lowest it has been...

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The secret of high-growth organisations? Better alignment with HR!
Aug08

The secret of high-growth organisations? Better alignment with HR!

It’s often said that people are an organisations greatest asset, and a new study has found a link between more HR interactions and business growth. New figures show that high-growth organisations have a high frequency of interactions between HR and line managers, suggesting that more regular conversations can lead to faster and better workforce decisions. In a study by IDC, sponsored by Cornerstone OnDemand, the average number...

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Robey’s Blog: Letting Appraisal Evolve
May31

Robey’s Blog: Letting Appraisal Evolve

For quite a few years, now, HR has been collectively banging its drum about staff appraisals.  The impetus came from two directions: On the one hand, managers wanted to dispense with poor performers, but had no adequate trail of evidence to demonstrate the issues of which they were complaining. On the other hand, employees were complaining that they didn’t get feedback on their work or have a clear understanding of how they were...

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Is Personal Debt The Missing Piece Of The UK’s Work  Performance Puzzle?   
Mar30

Is Personal Debt The Missing Piece Of The UK’s Work Performance Puzzle?  

In recent years, economists have noticed a worrying trend of poor productivity in industries across the UK. The effect of reduced productivity is having a detrimental impact on the UK economy in general and is now becoming a major concern for economists and policy makers. Data collected from a variety of industries across the UK reveal a downturn in work performance. However, as productivity varies from sector to sector, it is...

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How can UK businesses REALLY improve staff engagement & productivity?
Feb28

How can UK businesses REALLY improve staff engagement & productivity?

Guest blog by Adrian Lewis, Activ Appraisals As we approach the end of the first quarter, and the end of the financial year, many businesses are looking at staff performance – and the age old debate about performance  appraisals.  Engaged employees are productive employees – so why isn’t the UK competing, productivity wise?   Social Seeder produced an infographic showing what makes employees feel engaged, based...

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It’s Valentine’s Day – are your people engaged?
Feb14

It’s Valentine’s Day – are your people engaged?

There will be six million proposals worldwide on Valentine’s Day – I wonder how many of them will turn into ‘engagements’? It’s ironic that we also use the term ‘engaged’ for employees who are enthusiastic and driven to achieve. A study by the American Psychological Association (APA) reported how feeling valued can impact employee performance: Staff who feel ‘valued’ by their...

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Over-conscientious workers face exhaustion, shows research
Feb02

Over-conscientious workers face exhaustion, shows research

Being conscientious at work has long been linked with career success but new University research shows that going above and beyond the call of duty comes at a cost to personal well-being and family responsibilities. The study of employees in a UK customer call centre for a retail bank found that going the extra mile at work left employees emotionally exhausted and grappling with work-family conflict. The side effects of...

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‘Radical candour’ – effective feedback system, or just plain brutal?
Jan25

‘Radical candour’ – effective feedback system, or just plain brutal?

Radical candour is the buzzword in business right now with more companies implementing the ‘harsh but true’ approach to feedback, and former Google executive Kim Scott has gone as far as to suggest that it is the best way to progress at work. With the latest round of performance appraisals about to commence, should we now be brutally honest with your employees?  More to the point, since ‘radical candour’...

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Performance Reviews: Don’t Remove the Ratings
Nov17

Performance Reviews: Don’t Remove the Ratings

Companies Experience a 10 Per cent Decline in Performance and Reward Low Performers When Ratings are Removed, According to CEB Employee performance suffers when ratings are removed from the performance review process, according to CEB (NYSE: CEB), a best practice insight and technology company. On average, employee performance drops 10 per cent when ratings are absent from the review process, largely due to the inability of managers...

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Are Managers a major cause of workplace stress?
Nov16

Are Managers a major cause of workplace stress?

Guest blog by Stuart Hearn, CEO of Clear Review, a  Performance Management Software package. According to recent research carried out by MetLife UK on over 1,000 full-time employees, an astounding 69% of respondents felt managerial behaviour had a serious impact on stress in the workplace. This percentage increases to 75% for the 18-24 age group. 45% of respondents believed stress prompted by management behaviour leads to extended...

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Shift in performance management as employees taking control of own development, research finds 
Oct27

Shift in performance management as employees taking control of own development, research finds 

New research shows a changing UK workplace attitude to managing staff performance, with 96% of Top Employers enabling employees to manage, measure and evaluate their own performance processes. New data from the UK Top Employers Institute, the certifying body for workplace excellence, reveals a clear trend that moves away from traditional performance management processes where employees are rated in relation to colleagues. Instead, the...

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Why we need appraisals, oops I mean performance reviews…
Oct18

Why we need appraisals, oops I mean performance reviews…

Guest blog by Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director, Activ Appraisals Software Traditionally,  appraisals have had a bad press and at least according to Forbes Magazine, they are one of the most frequently criticized talent management practices. Critics claim they are ineffective, waste time, are paper driven and have a negative impact on the relationship between an employee and their line manager. Last year, the CIPD last year pronounced...

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HR Software Boss offers free £10 Gift Voucher for HR News Readers
Jul14

HR Software Boss offers free £10 Gift Voucher for HR News Readers

Our sponsor, Activ Absence recently launched their new website for their cloud-based appraisals software, Activ Appraisals. For qualifying readers* willing to take a 30 minute online demonstration of the new product by the end of July, the company have pledged to give each one a £10 Amazon gift voucher by way of a thank you. Commercial Director Adrian Lewis explained his reasons behind the move: “The HR community is more than...

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