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Should Employees Score Their Managers? (Googlers Do)

by John Courtney on March 22, 2018

The idea of upward feedback, or employees giving managers feedback, is on an upward trend. And how do we know it's an upward trend? Because Google's doing it.

Google releases a 15-question/statement, mostly quantitative survey asking employees to rate their bosses. They base their questions on the eight factors they’ve seen consistently in their mostly highly effective managers — things like being a good coach, taking a personal interest, and being a good communicator and listener.

That might sound fitting for a company whose slogan is "Don't be evil", but does it make sense for everyone?

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5 Personalities in Every Team (and How to Coach Them)

by John Courtney on March 14, 2018

If you’ve ever received career counseling, you’re no stranger to the many personality tests out there. At this point, it feels harder to avoid the Myers-Briggs than to take it.

And actually, that makes sense. Humans naturally want to build patterns out of the information we take in, in order to make faster, easier decisions about how to adapt and thrive in our environments.

If you're looking for ways to help your people adapt and thrive in your shared work environment, it can definitely help to know a few things about who they are and how they tick.

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Want Great Employees? Give them Great Jobs.

by John Courtney on March 8, 2018

We've all met the star performer who resigned shortly after being promoted.

For most of us, we see situations like this as wasted potential or a massive missed opportunity (and yes, it is both those things), but the truth is managing a team involves a very different set of skills than being an individual contributor — and just because a specific role or promotion is considered the gold star of workplace opportunities, doesn't mean it's right for everyone.

Same goes for the employee with a stellar skill set who's walking around the office with eyes glazed over. If you're ready to make your employees feel switched on — even proud — to work for you, consider letting them decide what job is best for them. Not the other way around.

For most organizations, that's going to require a major change in thinking. But companies like Facebook, Walmart and Managed by Q are already making the shift and reporting big returns in terms of happier, more loyal employees and a healthier bottom line.

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A Real-World Guide to Employee Recognition

by Ben Hastings on March 6, 2018

No matter where you look, you'll find a conversation about employee recognition.

Pepsico CEO, Indra Nooyi made headlines when she revealed that she writes 400 letters per year to the parents of her senior execs. And in his trending LinkedIn article, Global CTO at DailyMail Online and Metro.Co.Uk, Oleg Vishnepolsky makes a strong but surprisingly simple case for employee recognition.

His story is barely 300 words in length, yet it illustrates with perfect clarity just how easy it is to get employee recognition right.

So why do so many of us still miss the boat?

Employee Recognition: Here's how some of our favorite HR experts define it

Don't get us wrong, we love tech, but HR is overflowing with it.

With tools for everything from sending automated birthday GIFs to doling out points on a Slack scoreboard every time someone restocks the toilet paper—let's just say, it's easy to lose sight of why these tools exist in the first place.

So what is employee recognition, really? Here's how some of our favorite HR thought leaders define it.

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Does HR do enough to train managers?

by John Courtney on March 1, 2018

Picture this.

You just moved one of your best employees into a management role. As an employee they were smart, savvy, and socially skilled — but now they’re stressed and struggling, and so is their team.

You're six months in and the promotion is starting to look like a bad decision.

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11 Award-winning Company Cultures with a Style that's All Their Own

by John Courtney on February 27, 2018

Company culture can be a tough thing to nail.

While it's always tempting to play follow-the-leader, it's tough to copy/paste something as unique and fluid as culture. Developing a strong corporate culture is more a matter of finding the right focus for your business — but a little inspiration never hurts.

Here are 11 leading companies who built unique working cultures from the ground-up.

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