Employee Performance

4 traits of top performers

January 23, 2020
Retention today focuses on top performers—the women and men who can help your company fulfill its vision. First, however, you have to recognize them. Their achievements will tell you a lot, but not everything. Here are other traits to look for.

Determining staff workload

January 10, 2020
What’s a reasonable workload for a given position? Your employee should be able to maintain high-quality work, produce the necessary output, and be challenged but not overly stressed. Consider these factors.

Do your employees know how to make your business succeed?

January 9, 2020
Imagine if every employee in your business understood how and why your business works the way it does, could evaluate risk and its mitigation, and knew how to align their personal strategy to your company strategy.

Empower bosses to recognize employee contributions

September 23, 2019
Every day at work ought to be Thanksgiving Day, according to Karl Ahlrichs, senior consultant for employee benefits at Gregory & Appel Insurance in Indianapolis. He offers these suggestions for inexpensively thanking employees for their efforts.

Keep a log of ‘critical incidents’

September 23, 2019
Managers are always making judgments about their employees. On a day-to-day level, these judgments are usually informal and even unconscious. The problem is that many of those thoughts are forgotten when it comes time to prepare a formal appraisal. Try keeping a “critical incidents” log.

Create an effective telework policy

August 9, 2019
The benefits of working from home are now highly sought-after for employees; but to maintain productivity and team cohesion, leaders need to enforce a strict work-from-home policy for their remote employees. So what exactly should a work-from-home policy look like?

Friendly rivalries: Keeping workplace competitiveness healthy and productive

July 12, 2019
A bit of friendly competition can energize a workplace and boost performance levels. But when office rivalries start mimicking the intensity of a heavyweight prizefight, managers need to take action before their business suffers casualties.

Hired a new employee? Don’t skip these four critical onboarding steps

May 23, 2019
You may have searched months to find that perfect employee, but the real job of turning a new hire into a productive and engaged team member has just begun.

5 questions to ask employees

May 22, 2019
Fierce Conversations, a business consulting company, recommends all leaders, at their earliest convenience, take the time to ask their employees five essential questions that get to the heart of their role within the company.

Managing depressed employees: What supervisors need to know

May 22, 2019
Given the American Psychiatric Association’s estimate that one in six people will experience depression at some time in his or her life, chances are significant that you’ll deal with the issue among your staff. Yet despite its prevalence, don’t expect team members to readily come forward.