The PerformYard Blog

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

The S in S.M.A.R.T. Goals

By John Courtney April 26, 2017

In this series we explore the science behind the 5 elements of a SMART Goal (Specific,..

In Defense of Performance Reviews

By John Courtney March 29, 2017

Everyone hates the employee review

The non-practical types love to talk about killing..

5 Tips That Make Employee Reviews Easy

By John Courtney March 21, 2017

You set up meetings with all your direct reports and head to a small conference room for the..

Radically Simple Performance Reviews

By John Courtney March 10, 2017

There is an endless cycle of debate over how to do employee performance reviews. Should you set..

First, Take Back Your Company's Time

By John Courtney February 24, 2017

At PerformYard we serve mid-size organizations (50-500) that are tired of their homegrown..

Deliver Criticism Employees Appreciate

By John Courtney January 24, 2017

Criticism is a fundamental and necessary part of growth. If we want to grow as an individual or..

HR In 2017: Love The Problem, Not The Solution

By John Courtney January 12, 2017

At the beginning of each new year we see a lot of articles appearing about the hot new trends in..

Accountability vs Growth: Choose a side (or don't)

By John Courtney December 13, 2016

There is a revolution happening in Performance Management. It is easy to see at corporate..

HR and the "Future of Work"

By John Courtney November 29, 2016

Google has a famous HR department, they call themselves People Operations or Pops for short. The..

Achieving Goals Through Accountability

By John Scott August 24, 2015
"Work really hard and you can achieve anything you put your mind to." If your childhood was..

Why You Should Avoid Anonymous Performance Feedback

By John Scott August 6, 2015

Anonymous performance feedback is a popular component of many an organization's performance..

Applying Psychology 101 to Performance Reviews

By Jon Malpass June 19, 2015

For many college students, the introduction to psychology course can be one of the most popular..

Empowering Managers to Be Accessible

By John Scott May 12, 2015

It is clear why open floor plans are so popular in offices today. They bring people together to..

How Preparing for Failure Drives High Performance

By John Scott April 28, 2015

The starting line for a marathon is a surprisingly great place to people watch. First, you see the..

The Carrot or the Stick: Incentivizing Performance Reviews

By John Scott April 16, 2015

You might have read about it in a book. Maybe you know somebody that knows somebody else that..

Fight Turnover By Selling Your Company to Your Employees

By John Scott February 19, 2015

The relationship you have with your employer is often compared with a marriage, and with good..

Why Collaboration Doesn't Always Work

By John Scott January 5, 2015

It's hard to remember a time when collaboration wasn't a widely-discussed and accepted concept...

Resources to Get Your Performance Reviews Back on Track

By John Scott December 17, 2014

Performance reviews can be a source of frustration for many in the business world. If you're a..