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Ben Hastings

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

Email: bhastings@performyard.com

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How to Have the End of Year Performance Conversation

by Ben Hastings on December 12, 2017

Ah, the annual performance review. This time of year, it's the only thing more dreaded than hordes of holiday shoppers or expanding waistlines.

But it doesn't have to be so painful. Here are some quick ways to ease the anxiety and make your year-end performance conversations way more productive.

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Can Managers Rate Employee Skills Effectively?

by Ben Hastings on November 30, 2017

Most bosses think they know their employees better than anyone else.

After all, we spend 90,000 hours of our lives at work. And it's the team leaders who are in the trenches every day, training employees on important processes and coaching them on their way to achieving business goals.

But knowing someone well, and rating them well are two different things.

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Should You Choose Annual or Quarterly Performance Reviews?

by Ben Hastings on November 15, 2017

We're experiencing a major shake-up in the world of performance appraisals.

Business behemoths like GE, IBM and Adobe are completely revamping their performance review procedures, even going as far as to eliminate the annual review in favor of a continuous feedback model, consisting of weekly, monthly, or even real-time performance reviews.

But is that a little extreme? Maybe.

The answer will always depend on the unique cadence and culture of your business. So before jumping on the bandwagon with an extreme makeover of your employee review process, take a minute to consider whether the traditional quarterly or annual performance review still deserves a place in your organization.

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“Everyone is above average!” or Why Your Performance Ratings Need Work

by Ben Hastings on April 29, 2014

You may have noticed a trend in companies where, because of skews in performance ratings, most employees are labeled as above average. You may have even heard a quote like this: 

“I’m happy to report that almost everyone at our company is above average. They’re mostly high-fliers and we’re lucky to have them.”

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Clear Your Workplace Performance Hurdles

by Ben Hastings on March 10, 2014

Creating an environment that engages and motivates your employees to the highest level possible is a priority for every executive, manager and HR department. However, like many high-value priorities, this can be easier said than done. In some cases, clear but seemingly unsolvable issues hold companies back. In others, simply diagnosing the problem can be elusive.

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Garbage Data Leads to Garbage Performance

by Ben Hastings on January 29, 2014

“I don’t think it would be a good use of resources to spend much time researching the situation. I know the solution that we need.”

Whether you’re developing a new product, building a website or changing your brand, planning an important project means making difficult decisions. As a manager, it is often tempting to steer the ship based on intuition and the data available.

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Topics: Performance

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