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John Courtney

John runs Demand Generation at PerformYard. He loves process and [adj] [verb] [modifier].


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Top 10 HR Blogs for Practical Advice in 2018

by John Courtney on December 14, 2017

We love reading about Why Generation Z  Will Prefer to be Managed by Robots, and How Will We Deliver Criticism to Artificial Intelligence? just as much as the next person. However, when it comes to the blogs we return to every morning, what we appreciate most, is practical advice.

That’s what PerformYard is all about too. A practical performance management solution for real-world companies. It's also what we strive for on this blog.

So as we start 2018, we want to share our Top 10 HR Blogs for Practical Advice, because while we love learning about the jobs of the future, we also love taking a moment each day to get better at the job we already have.

Check them out, and click the subscribe links to start getting their practical advice delivered to your inbox.

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The Right Way to Reduce Employee Turnover

by John Courtney on December 6, 2017

Ever since needy Millennials joined the workforce and Silicon Valley giants started offering more and more gimmicky perks, the concept of employee engagement and fighting turnover has gone off the rails.

Some say we jumped the shark when introduced drag-racing tricycles into the office as part of their “funnovation” initiative.

There is nothing wrong with these perks, it’s just that they are beside-the-point.

That's because our goal shouldn’t be just to have happy employees who don’t leave the company. We should be building organizations of extremely productive employees who are also happy and don’t leave the company.

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11 Types of Employee One-on-ones (and 69 example questions)

by John Courtney on November 28, 2017

The employee one-on-one is a classic example of something easy to do, but hard to do well.

A recurring calendar event is scheduled, the first few one-on-ones are dutifully attended, but then over time the poor dialog and lack of purpose lead to meetings getting pushed, other issues cannibalizing the time, and eventually the idea is just scrapped.

This article is not about getting started, it is about getting good and maintaining an effective employee check-in practice over the long-term.

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How Does Asana Do Performance Management?

by John Courtney on November 21, 2017

Asana, is a silicon-valley startup founded in 2008 by former Facebook developers, Justin Rosenstein and Dustin Moskovitz. (Fun fact: Rosenstein was one of the developers who created the Like button.) And in 2017 Asana ranked #2 of the top 100 Best Mid-Size Workplaces in the country by Fortune Magazine.

The company is well-known for its offerings of top-notch employee benefits like unlimited PTO, a culinary program, yoga, and Uber credits, but where it really shines is in the area of employee self-improvement, Asana describes self-improvement as fundamental to its culture.

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What is Performance Management Software?

by John Courtney on November 17, 2017

Performance management software allows companies to effectively track, analyze and evaluate their employee performance and productivity. The software should distribute forms for feedback, collect data, manage administrative tasks like sign-offs, analyze information about performance and store feedback securely.

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Should Employees be More Engaged or More Productive?

by John Courtney on November 9, 2017

Employee engagement is a BIG topic.

In fact, according to a recent report from Bersin & Associates, organizations currently invest around $720 million annually in engagement improvement.

But with only 32% of US employees feeling engaged at work, would employers be better off focusing on productivity?

Let's take a look at some of the biggest challenges in defining and measuring employee engagement versus productivity—and explore some simple ways to get more of both.

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