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


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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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13 Essential Ideas for Increasing Employee Engagement

by Ben Hastings on January 11, 2018

From office slides to cryogenics, there's no shortage of wild ideas for increasing employee engagement. And we get it. Engaged employees are more productive, less likely to quit and great for a company's bottom line.

But real employee engagement doesn't require an investment in meditation pods or Michelin star chefs. Inspiration, recognition and culture are the essential ingredients, and there's always a way to keep teams inspired and engaged, even if you're not a Silicon-valley startup.

1. Paint the big picture

Trite as it may sound, inspiration is probably the #1 key ingredient to a highly motivated workforce. Take a look at the best and brightest leaders today, and you can see they all have this one nailed.

And it all starts with a meaningful goal. Whether you use an OKR or KPI model for goal-setting, the most important thing is to make sure the goal can be directly tracked back to the individual contributions of every member on your team. And don't be afraid to get creative.

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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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