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The PerformYard Blog

A practical look at building and implementing your perfect performance management process.

John Courtney

Make Your Employee Appraisals More Fair with 4 Simple Ideas

By John Courtney September 25, 2018

If you've been following the performance management space for any amount of time, you know how..

Does Your Performance Management Process have Purpose? These 9 Companies Do.

By John Courtney September 20, 2018

We've all heard the epic stories of game-changers like Jack Welch who seemingly pull off the..

7 Traits of Effective Self-Review Questions

By John Courtney September 11, 2018

How would you rate your job performance at our company?

For many employees, this feels like a..

Encourage Employees to Recognize Each Other (without Forcing It)

By John Courtney September 6, 2018

Is this thing on? As leaders and HR managers, we've all felt the humiliation of being the only..

The Anatomy of an Effective Goal: What all those goal setting frameworks have in common.

By John Courtney August 29, 2018

We've all heard the mantras: "A goal without a plan is just a wish," "Goals are dreams with..

How to: Competency-Based Performance Management

By John Courtney August 23, 2018

Richard Nelson Bolles's book, What Color Is Your Parachute?, has sold over 10 million copies in..

Performance Rating Scales: When and how to use them

By John Courtney August 16, 2018

What could cause an 80% drop in employee engagement at one of the world's most successful pharma..

How to Assess High-Potential: Look for these 6 Characteristics

By John Courtney August 9, 2018

Leading businesses need more than hard work and solid results right now. They also need a..

How To Give a Negative Performance Review - 6 Communication Principles and +21 Example Phrases

By John Courtney July 24, 2018

Feedback is about as powerful in business as it is in rock n’ roll.

And when managers do it..

How To Identify Low Performers

By John Courtney July 17, 2018

Did you know that managers spend about 17% of their time working with low performers? Yes, you..

3 Examples of Performance Management Processes (to inspire your next review cycle)

By John Courtney July 12, 2018

There is a large body of online content offering general tips and guidelines on performance..

How To Choose Performance Management Software

By John Courtney July 2, 2018

One of the foundational ideas behind modern performance management is digital systems. The..

Heuristics in Performance Management

By John Courtney June 26, 2018

Ever since the HR world woke up to the idea that the workplace is dependent on humans and not..

Balancing Structured Reviews and Unstructured Feedback

By John Courtney June 11, 2018

Sometimes it can feel like we’re forced to choose; between a tightly managed stack and rank..

How One Non Profit Runs Their Employee Check ins

By John Courtney June 6, 2018

The Colorado Health Foundation is bringing health within reach for all Coloradans by engaging..

4 Crucial Times to NOT Give Feedback

By John Courtney June 6, 2018

We talk a lot about feedback here at PerformYard — how to use it, how to give it and how..

Establish Expectations, Not Just Goals

By John Courtney May 30, 2018

Is there a difference between goals and expectations?

Surely, there is, but it can be hard to..

Amazing Examples of Employee Recognition from HR Leaders

By John Courtney May 2, 2018

Employee rewards and recognition is a $45 billion dollar industry. And with companies like ..

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