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Ben Hastings

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


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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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Topics: Performance

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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Topics: Performance

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

Internal Social Networks: Not Just for Millennials

by Ben Hastings on January 17, 2014

Facebook. Twitter. Yammer. Google Hangouts. With the Millennial generation expected to represent 40% of the workforce by 2020, companies are beginning to turn to social networks to harness what makes these younger workers tick. Even though these new tech-savvy workers are sparking this innovation, one thing is becoming increasing clear.

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Topics: Performance

Manage your manager: Part I - Identify your manager type

by Ben Hastings on November 13, 2013

[Note: this post was originally published on July 31, 2013.]

This is the first in a series of posts on whipping your management into shape. It's vital that you pay attention as practicing the techniques discussed could be career changing for you.  The first step is to identify which manager type you report to.  I've described a few common types below.  It's quite possible that your manager fits into multiple categories so read carefully!

If you are a manager than read on - the goal is for you to self actualize and by the end of the series you'll be wanting to fire employees for not managing you.  

Should You Manage your Manager?  YES!!!

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Topics: Performance

Performance is priceless

by Ben Hastings on November 12, 2013

[Note: this post was originally published on July 10, 2013.]

PerformYard Launches

We're excited today to announce the launch of PerformYard! (  Our mission and audacious goal is to improve employee productivity and happiness for every organization that has a group of people working together.  

Here are just a few of the many questions we had to answer when building a performance platform that changed the game and disrupted the status quo.

  • What does it mean to be a successful employee? 
  • How should managers and staff interact and support each other? 
  • Do most organizations operate in a goal driven environment?
  • What level of freedom should exist to provide transparent feedback? 
  • How happy are most people in their jobs? 
  • Is it possible that employees would accomplish more and embrace accountability if given the chance? 

After months of market analysis, interviews, beta testing, and self reflection we believe that there is a gaping hole in the performance management ecosystem - we intend to fill it.  

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