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Ben Hastings

Ben Hastings is PerformYard's CEO and co-founder.

Email: bhastings@performyard.com

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Are Employee Trainings Worth It?

by Ben Hastings on May 15, 2018

Employee training is a hot topic and with the size of the learning and development market at a whopping $164.2 billion, it is big business too.

There are entire fields dedicated to employee training, and specialities within training — training in public speaking, management, hiring, and of course, training in training.

And it only makes sense. Most things can be learned by doing, but that means making some messy mistakes along the way and no one wants it to look like they, or their organization, is failing. So instead, we train.

But is training really all it's cracked up to be?

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Are you asking the right performance review questions?

by Ben Hastings on April 3, 2018

At least half the pain of the performance review are all the questions that come with it. Most performance appraisals look like a dull, thick stack of paper reminiscent of a standardized test. There are so many questions packed in that any good ones get lost in an avalanche of bad or pointless ones.

Why do so many performance review questions miss the mark? In short, because the mark is hard to hit. Asking a question might seem simple but when you’re searching for a deeply insightful answer you need to use an even more insightful question.

There is both an art and science to nailing your perfect set of performance review questions, and while a quick Google search will yield tons of generic sample questions, it’s unlikely any of them will truly fit your unique business or team. But asking the right questions in your performance review means a lot to your employees and your bottom line. Good questions can improve work relationships and spur your people into actively solving problem for your customers.

To start learning about how to ask the right performance review questions, let’s break things down bit by bit. First, we’ll look at how to ask good questions in general. Then we’ll look at how to craft great performance review questions.

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From KPIs to OKRs: Your Quickstart Guide to Performance Acronyms

by Ben Hastings on March 27, 2018

When it comes to performance metrics, the business world loves a good acronym. KPI, KRI, KRA, OGSM, OKR and so many more swirl in and out of the business zeitgeist — it can easily become more confusing than helpful.

No one wants to be surprised by a new acronym during an important performance meeting, so we’ve compiled handy list of the most popular ones and added a quick, plain-english explanation of how to use them.

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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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9 Things Performance Reviews Should Accomplish

by Ben Hastings on February 22, 2018

It's no secret that performance reviews get a bad rap.

Come November, they can hang like a black cloud over the office with both managers and employees dreading the year-end sit down.

But performance reviews aren't something your people should have to "survive" each year. Done right, your performance review process can be a crucial ally for your business.

If you're rethinking your review process, here are nine simple but powerful things it should accomplish. (Hint: None of them are, “destroy office morale once a year.”)

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How to Use Performance Reviews to Spot Future Talent

by Ben Hastings on February 9, 2018

I once attended a high-level conference of executives managing high growth enterprises and many were in industries facing extreme disruption.

In a panel discussion on talent management, these fast-moving c-levels bemoaned increasing turnover rates and agreed that "adaptability" was prerequisite for future talent.

And they were right. Generic job descriptions have a tough time keeping pace with modern business.

But apart from revamping your entire organizational hierarchy (which is neither easy, nor a sure bet for solving your succession planning problems), what can you do to align the right talent to the right role? Here are some practical steps to take.

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