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Encouraging Continuous Professional Development in your Employees

Monday, June 15, 2015

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is something that isn't just for your employees' benefit. A strong culture of CPD also offers a great deal to employers, so make it your responsibility to encourage it in your organization. While you're going through the process of evaluating employee performance, consider how you can use CPD to improve their motivation and success.

Benefits of Continuous Professional Development for Employers

CPD is your employees' investment into their future, and for you it's an investment into their future within your organization. Think of the extra knowledge, abilities and skills that CPD gives employees, all excellent resources that will benefit the work they do for you. 


Using 360-Degree Feedback in Probationary Reviews

Friday, June 5, 2015

Using 360-degree feedback during regular appraisals and performance reviews as part of an overall employee performance management process is a common and successful method, but have you ever considered using it for new employees?

What's your organization's process for probationary periods? 

The length and procedure of probationary periods may differ from business to business, but they all boil down to the same thing - new employees are given a review period to prove that they're capable of the position, during which time the employer is able to let them go. Many organizations have a formal review with the employee's manager at the end of the probationary period, where for some it's simply a case of the manager signing off either yes or no.

4 of the Best Employee Recognition Trends for 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

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As we've previously discussed, building recognition into your employee performance management process has a number of benefits. If your employees feel valued, it leads to higher job satisfaction and increased productivity.

Don't worry if your organization doesn't currently have a recognition system or process set up as part of managing employee performance though, because it's not too late to start! If you're stuck for ideas, here are four of the top trends in employee recognition for 2015 - maybe one of these will suit your business down to the ground, or spark off an idea that leads to something else.

BOOST Employee Performance with Constructive Feedback

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The ability to give and receive honest, constructive feedback is one of the signs of a successful employer/employee relationship. Giving feedback is a crucial factor in managing employee performance, and just because your organization has a formal employee performance management system in place, it doesn't mean that informal discussions can't be had between official appraisals and meetings. 


Key Elements for Maintaining Trust in the Workplace

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Developing and maintaining trust in a workplace is an important, but often difficult, process for any organization. For successful working relationships between peers, managers and subordinates, trust is crucial, and it should go both ways; from top down and from bottom up. 

Even once trust is built it's very fragile and can be destroyed easily, so it's important that organizations constantly strive maintain trust. 

Does Your Organization Promote These Traits?

Three Successful Ways to Manage Employee Performance

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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Most of us know how crucial it is for businesses to manage employee performance, and it's not just about hitting targets and meeting objectives. Better performing employees are generally more satisfied in their role, which leads to greater staff retention, higher customer satisfaction and a better reputation as an employer.

Do Employees Value Career Development Above Pay Rises?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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As the economy continues to improve, employees are becoming more confident about moving from one company to another. As a result, organizations will need to focus on retaining staff if they want to avoid a spike in employee turnover over the coming year. While employees can be enticed by attractive salaries offered by competitors, companies have to look at their total reward package if they are to retain top talent. Employees place a high value on non-tangible benefits, such as career progression opportunities and job satisfaction. These non-tangible benefits can encourage your top talent to remain with you rather than explore opportunities elsewhere.

Motivating Each of Your Employees

Thursday, December 4, 2014

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When it comes to managing employee performance, the ability to motivate employees is a key skill. However, motivating employees is a complicated business. Different people are motivated by different things. For some of your employees, the desire to do the best possible job will be enough to motivate them. Others will need to be given added incentives, such as bonuses or rewards, to encourage them to perform to the best of their ability. As a manager, it is important to realize that one size does not fit all when it comes to motivation. Understanding what makes different team members tick can be the difference between retaining motivated staff and losing them to a competitor.