As many as eight in 10 companies, including button-down bluebloods such as General Electric and Goldman Sachs, are overhauling or planning to overhaul their performance review process, according to consulting firm Deloitte. A widely recognized problem with annual performance reviews is that, in today’s rapidly changing business world, much of the information presented in annual or even semiannual reviews is outdated and obsolete. Managers and employees find themselves assessing projects that were completed months earlier or discussing strategic changes that have long since been implemented. A shift to assessing workers’ performance in real time is underway. “Performance is an ongoing activity, it’s every day,” says Pierre Naterme, CEO of Accenture, one company that is reshaping its employee performance review policies.
Like many workers today, Michael Grothaus’ morning commute is from his bed to his home office. And like many adults – those who work from home and those who have a more traditional commute – Grothaus skips breakfast and fuels his morning with a cup of coffee (or two or three). Curious whether eating a regular breakfast would improve his productivity, Grothaus committed to eating a more substantial morning meal for two weeks and tracked how he felt each day. He was skeptical going into the experiment, pointing out the tenet “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” that everyone heard from their mom was actually concocted as a lobbying effort in the early 20th century by John
At its core, every manager’s primary responsibility is to assemble a team of strong workers, foster their growth and drive maximum productivity. But determining what makes a great employee is more complex than ever. Getting people who arrive on time and focus on the tasks at hand is good, but it’s not enough in today’s competitive business environments. Liz Ryan, CEO and founder of Human Workplace, a publishing, coaching and consulting firm, recently examined 10 qualities of outstanding employees for Forbes.com. Here are some highlights: Cross-trained – By knowing more than the procedures of their own job, outstanding employees are able to make innovative suggestions that can produce important changes. Relationship builders – Outstanding employees constantly build strong internal and
Happy Labor Day! According to Linda Stinson, a former U.S. Department of Labor historian, the first-ever Labor Day celebration occurred on Sept. 5, 1882, when 10,000 or more New York union members paraded to Wendel’s Elm Park at 92nd Street and 9th Avenue where they drank beer, picnicked and listened to speeches from union leaders. Many of the workers had to forfeit a day’s pay in order to participate. The holiday evolved over the decades, just as America’s work force has experienced significant changes. Today, there is a great deal of talk across all industries about hiring and keeping talented Millennials. The first part – hiring – is happening at a rapid pace. Analysis from Deloitte University Press shows that