Employee Performance

Is March Madness unproductive? You bet! Embrace it anyway

March 15, 2023
March Madness is back for 2023, reviving annual concerns that the games—and associated bracket-pool betting—will distract employees and sap productivity. Is filling out tournament brackets and obsessively tracking game results a massive waste of time? Of course it is. Should employers crack down on office betting pools and tell everyone to get back to work? Maybe not.

Poll: 70% say financial stress harms work performance

March 13, 2023
Seven in 10 workers surveyed by insurance company YuLife believe their own financial worries negatively affect their on-the-job performance.

It’s about time … to consider switching to 4-day workweek

March 6, 2023
A recent experiment sought to test whether a four-day workweek at full pay would be popular with employees and their employers. The results are in.

Plan ahead to apply PIPs consistently, fairly

January 31, 2023
When employees aren’t living up to work standards, consider placing them on a performance improvement plan that spells out what they must do to keep their jobs. While each case will be unique, it’s important to set up procedures for implementing PIPs in advance.

Worried about a new hire? ‘Salvage operation’ tips

January 25, 2023
Most managers have faced this dilemma at least once in their careers: A candidate looks great on paper and gives a knockout interview; but two weeks into the new job, you’re less than enthused. You now have a choice: Cut your losses or run a salvage operation.

12 tips for your next performance review

January 18, 2023
At its core, performance reviews don’t need to be complicated, says Paul Falcone, principal of Paul Falcone Workplace Leadership Consulting. Following are 12 practical tips for your HR team and managers to put into practice during their next round of performance reviews.

Workcations—a new job perk?

January 6, 2023
Remote work has given employees permission to work from anywhere. Some workers are taking that flexibility literally by mixing work and play when choosing locations to explore when they’re not working. Enter a new trend: the workcation.

Keep your PTO levels in check to reduce burnout and financial liabilities

January 6, 2023
More than half (59%) of workers report at least moderate levels of burnout, according to the 2022-2023 Aflac WorkForces Report. Offering more paid time off isn’t the answer to reducing fatigue.

Are performance reviews a thing of the past?

December 15, 2022
If your company is heading into 2023 planning for nail-biting performance reviews, consider this: In a survey by BambooHR of almost 2,000 small and medium-sized businesses, 73% of HR representatives spend 10 hours or less on performance reviews every six months.

4 tips to increase upskilling and career advancement

December 2, 2022
Job openings are still at an all-time high, but as we stare down a possible recession, managers will likely level off hiring as more businesses are using mass layoffs to cut costs. The LinkedIn Global Talent Trends October 2022 survey finds that opportunities for upskilling and career advancement are two of people’s top priorities right now, coming in only behind compensation, work-life balance and flexibility.