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The PerformYard Blog

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

John Courtney

How to use ratings the right way in employee performance reviews

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 the Right System Can Identify Poor Performance

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..

A Beginner's Guide to Performance Management Software

By John Courtney July 2, 2018

In business, performance is everything. If your employees are not performing at the highest..

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..

Perfect Fit Performance Management

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 ..

How much is bad performance management costing you?

By John Courtney April 26, 2018

Are you managing your employees with the same level of care you afford your business balance..

Stop Chasing HR Trends, Do This Instead

By John Courtney April 17, 2018

Amy is an HR manager at a firm that isn’t tanking but isn’t exactly succeeding with flying..

How can performance reviews support diversity and inclusion?

By John Courtney April 12, 2018

Ask any HR expert and they'll tell you the performance review process has two main goals —..

Should Employees Score Their Managers? (Googlers Do)

By John Courtney March 22, 2018

The idea of upward feedback, or employees giving managers feedback, is on an upward trend. And..

5 Personalities in Every Team (and How to Coach Them)

By John Courtney March 14, 2018

If you’ve ever received career counseling, you’re no stranger to the many personality tests out..

Want Great Employees? Give them Great Jobs.

By John Courtney March 8, 2018

We've all met the star performer who resigned shortly after being promoted.

For most of us, we..

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