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Reviews: The Continuing Conundrum
A seven-year examination of performance appraisals at one large organization suggests employers may want to rethink some well-entrenched assumptions.
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Why It's So Hard to Assess Employees
A "fundamental attribution error" often leads HR leaders to assume that poor performers are just bad apples, because it is difficult to consider that circumstances might be contributing to their subpar performances.
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Controlling the Workforce like a Faucet
Employers may love the idea of an on-demand workforce, but as the labor market tightens and options for workers improve, it's going to get much more difficult to find anyone who wants to wait around to see if someone will give them work.
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On the Changing Nature of Work
Approximately 15 percent of people who are in the current labor force are working under an alternative arrangement, as opposed to "regular" employment. Does this mean there is a new normal in the working economy?
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IBM and the Great Divide in HR
IBM's recent foray into improving the experience of individual employees highlights just how big a break a personalized approach would be from the past ideal of simply treating everyone equally.
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The Employee-Training Conundrum
Employers have been tapering off training programs since long before the economic downturn of 2008, leaving both them and their employees in a most unfortunate position.
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The Risks of Radical Candor
When there's something in your organization that everyone knows about, but no one is addressing, the fine line between "radical candor" and "being a jerk" can get awfully blurry.
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Recognizing the Line
Executives in the United States are often skeptical about the return-on-investment of employee-recognition programs for frontline workers. So why are business leaders in other countries -- including McDonald's executives in India -- embracing such efforts?
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The Dangers of Empowering Hiring Managers
If you think giving line managers the power to hire their own workers is a good idea, think again. New research suggests taking this path could be a big mistake.
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In Favor of Ditching the Performance Review
Whenever the topic of getting rid of performance appraisals pops up in a gathering of business people, the strongest objections to change seem to come from HR people. They should start quieting those objections.
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