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Employee Appraisals – Why Bother?

November 6th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

There is always that time in the year where HR departments will be preparing to send out the ever-present message from on high that managers need to turn their attention to completing performance reviews of their people.

Employees, as well as managers, often question why organisations carry out employee performance appraisals. Anyone who has received or been given a performance appraisal could argue why they recognise it to be ineffective and a complete waste of time.

Conducting appraisals is just one aspect of performance management employed to manage performance and is seen as a ‘must do’ within the workplace. Surprisingly however, most organisations and managers dislike doing them and often appraisals don’t get done or are conducted in such a way that has it little benefit for either party.

So Why Bother?

Why? Because you won’t know if you don’t ask.

In effect a discussion, appraisals are a very useful conversation when you want to get the best out of your employees and see growth … read more »

The shopping list of staff surveys…Part Two

October 15th, 2014 by Gary Cattermole | 1 Response

Gary Cattermole is a Director at leading staff survey provider and employee engagement specialists, The Survey Initiative. Here he offers advice on the most effective and value-for-money solutions to running a survey, and why sometimes it’s best to get face-to-face.…

In our last blog we discussed the surveys on offer in the HR, training and health and safety arenas; we discussed the options available to glean information on rates of employee engagement, accidents in the workplace, or training course feedback etc. Here we shall look in more depth at the costs of running a survey, and what methods prove most valuable…

Running a survey the costs…

Organising, implementing and evaluating a staff survey does not necessarily have to be expensive. A survey can be undertaken quickly and cheaply, but this will really depend on the complexity, style and demographic of your workforce. For many SMEs it’s a waste of time to bring in an … read more »

The shopping list of staff surveys…Part One

October 14th, 2014 by Gary Cattermole | 1 Response

Gary Cattermole is a Director at leading staff survey provider and employee engagement specialists, The Survey Initiative. Here he gives the lowdown on the various types of surveys that have been conducted for HR, Training and Health & Safety Departments, and offers advice on which survey to select for the best results…

As you’ll probably be aware there are a whole host of surveys you can choose if you’re looking to analyse HR, training or health and safety in the workplace. Firstly let’s look at the options on offer in HR.

HR Surveys

With an HR survey the crux of the matter is really to establish what it’s like to work somewhere. HR professionals are trying to find out what works well and what doesn’t. Here’s some tools that can really help…

Employee engagement survey

For many years now employee engagement has become a ‘buzz’ word within HR departments. Everyone is looking at ways to increase employee loyalty, work ethic, productivity to help boost … read more »

360 Degree Feedback – What’s It All About?

February 27th, 2014 by Alison McKinney | 1 Response

360 degree feedback has a few different synonyms, for example, multi-rater feedback, multi-source feedback, multi-source assessment or panoramic feedback and is a type of employee survey.

360 degree feedback is a technique and a tool that affords each employee an opportunity to obtain feedback from their manager, peers, co-workers, representatives from other departments and sometimes customers and suppliers. They are normally carried out hand in hand with an individual’s staff appraisal and allows each individual to understand how effective they are as an employee and how they are perceived by others they work with.

Unlike traditional evaluations, 360 degree feedback nurtures an atmosphere of teamwork and trust. Working together, employees commit themselves to complete honesty and help each other achieve an understanding of their performance and actions. This experience, particularly when appraisal results are encouraging, can build trust among colleagues to foster high-performance teams and effective and successful organisations.

The main reason why organisations use this … read more »

The key to building trust with your staff … trust them

April 30th, 2013 by Jaime Johnson | 2 Responses

Gaining trust in any relationship is always difficult. But, forgive me if I sound a little trite, surely the key to building trust with your staff is simple, once you have the basics right, you need to put your trust in your staff.

“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”
― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

I know that this isn’t easy (and a lot will depend on your personality type) but if I put an alternative spin on the topic you may feel differently:
How about if I had titled this blog: Less than half of employees trust senior management or High trust organisations are nearly 300% more profitable than low trust organisations? There is much research out there showing the impact that trust can have on the bottom line – and if you think about it the equation TRUST = SPEED = PROFIT makes all sorts of economic sense.

“The best way to find out if you can trust … read more »

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