How To: Employee Performance Reviews

Conducting an employee performance review is no small task nor should it be treated as such! There are several things to consider when developing a structured, well-thought-out employee performance review process. Not having a clear format, not knowing what HR procedure is, and not preparing yourself will only set you up for failure. Reviews are used to drive the success of your employees and your company, of course, you want to do what you can to achieve the best possible outcome! So, what are the key ingredients to a beneficial performance review?

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How to Properly Apologize to Coworkers

In the workplace, employees can have varying opinions and perceptions and expectations. On any given project or conversation clear communication is essential, however, this can easily be blurred. Misunderstandings do occur and without proper remedy, they can potentially lead to bigger problems and even legal claims.

SHRM columnist Jathan Janove explains that in his 25 years of experience as an Employment Attorney, he has found that apologizing can actually prevent most issues from escalating in the workplace. The key is how one apologizes. As a leader, you can teach your employees how to appropriately apologize by educating them on emotional intelligence.

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Cost Of Caregiving On Employees

In the hustle and bustle of the daily grind, we often forget the reality of our employee’s and colleague’s responsibilities outside of work. Whether these responsibilities are to an elder relative or to their dependent children, approximately 43.5 million Americans are currently providing unpaid or informal caregiving. Your employees and colleagues are finding it more difficult to balance successful career development while fulfilling their caregiving responsibilities.

Employers need to take into consideration the caretaker benefits they can offer employees. Joseph B. Fuller, Professor of Management Practice at the Harvard Business School, states “The costs associated with voluntary turnover and lost productivity driven by caretaking duties are much more substantial than employers take into account.”

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When An Employee Gives Notice

California is an at will employment state, meaning employers and employees can end employment at a moment’s notice. When it comes time for an employee to resign, it is usually a simple process in which the employee gives their notice with an end date.

But, what if you receive just a verbal resignation from an employee you clearly will not miss? Receiving this resignation can leave you jumping for joy, however, you’ll want to withhold from celebrating until you have received written confirmation with an agreed upon end date! Once a team member gives notice, it’s time to partner with HR so you can systematically navigate the resignation process to avoid any road bumps along the way.

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Foster Career Development In Your Staff

When one of your best employees gives notice out of left field, you’ll certainly be wondering why. As it usually turns out, they had been thinking about it for months and consulting with friends and family. The one person they should have clued into that conversation was YOU, their manager. 

Their decision to leave could have potentially been avoided with a real conversation on whether they felt valued or if they felt they had the potential to grow within their role at your company. Unfortunately, this is a crucial conversation managers and employees completely drop the ball on.

LinkedIn research points out that one of the main reasons people quit their job is lack of career advancement; because they feel like they’re unable to do so in their current role. A recent Alight workforce study reports that 78% of employees expect managers to discuss career and learning opportunities with them and that shockingly only 37% of employees feel managers do this well. What do you do when your team members feel like they can’t talk about career development? Block out the time in your already-packed schedule to sit each one down for a real conversation about it.

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New Year, New Laws: Are You In The Know?

As each New Year dawns upon us, industry professionals and HR departments gear up for the year ahead with new updates on California labor laws and regulations. As we enter 2019, it is imperative that management and employees are well informed and educated on new updates that have already taken effect as of Jan 1st and those that will be enacted throughout the year ahead. Familiarize yourself with these updates by using resources such as the Department of Labor website or the CalChamber’s free downloadable guide. You will want to update your workplace posters and employees handbooks to reflect up-to-date information. Are you fully prepared?

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Survive The Office After Vacation

You just spent the last week or so away from the office; enjoying the holidays, celebrating with family and friends, or flying across time zones. But now you’re back in the office and expected to fall back into your normal work routine. Taking time away from work is a great refresher for your mind and body. However, it can also leave you with the post vacation blues. Some of us can feel drained after a vacation and can struggle to get back into the groove of things. How can you survive your first days back at work after an amazing vacation?

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Keep the Holidays & the New Year Flexible

Now, more than ever, employees seek flexible work schedules as well as remote-work options. These enticing benefits can help employees stay more engaged and productive, especially during the holiday season. According to a survey from Accountemps, high stress factors during the holiday season were “holiday events and work obligations (32%), taking time off and coming back to heavy workloads (23%), and having fewer people on the job to help (18%).” While money may be one of the biggest motivators employees seek, flexible schedules and benefits are making their way to the top of the list. As we move through the busy holiday season and into the New Year, keep an eye out on what your employees are really asking for and what new employees require to say yes to your job offer.

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Planning an Inclusive Holiday Party

December is a time where many religious and secular holidays occur, flooding our inboxes with end of year party invites and warm holiday wishes. Holiday party planning can be tricky as the work force is diverse with various cultures and religions. Trying to plan a Holiday party that recognizes all cultures and religions could be a recipe for disaster. If any employees feel left out, even a small percentage, experts say that it can have a negative impact on overall employee productivity and engagement. The usual goal of end-of-year parties are to show appreciation to everyone. The inclusive approach would be to remember that all employees come from various faiths and traditions. How can you make all employees feel included during this festive time of year? 

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Managing The Thanksgiving Dinner Table

The office is full of unique individuals with distinctive traits and special skills that they bring to the table to create a cohesive team that drives company success. With all these personalities, it’s inevitable that some employees will have varying opinions and butt heads with one another, while others will prefer to keep quiet and buckle down with work. Much like the office environment – your Thanksgiving dinner table may bring a similar mix of personalities and conflicting opinions. Some dinner tables reflect a picture perfect “team meeting” others leave the host fretting over who can sit next to who, and who needs to be on opposite ends of the table. While it’s recommended to leave your work at the office, who says you can’t take a few of your management tricks to the dinner table this holiday season?

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