A human-centric approach to performance reviews

Reading Time: 4 minutes When major shifts happen both inside and outside of a company, HR leaders being to contemplate how to approach annual performance reviews in new ways. Even when things are far from “business as usual”, performance reviews are still critical to drive business decisions, ensure continuity within the organization, and invest in the growth of employees. …
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3 strategies for how to give better feedback

Reading Time: 6 minutes In the workplace, feedback is information about a person that can help build self-awareness around intention and actions. Giving and receiving feedback effectively is one of the most important skills for managers to develop. Why?  Positive feedback speeds up learning and builds collaborative and engaged teams, while negative feedback can lead to blockers, frustrated employees, …
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Why 1-on-1s are central to meaningful employee engagement

Reading Time: 6 minutes 1-on-1 meetings are more than a weekly progress check-in with your direct reports. They play a critical role in employee engagement and give employees the opportunity for communication, direction, and connection they need not just to meet but to exceed their manager’s expectations. For managers, these meetings are just as important. They are the perfect …
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How companies are responding to employee burnout

Reading Time: 4 minutes The new year is typically a time for employees to refresh and reset. But with the current working world in a state of flux, that might be considered a luxury for some people. This could, in turn, lead to sustained burnout at the start of the year.  But there’s good news: there are things that …
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3 ways to prove the ROI of HR

Reading Time: 6 minutes The tie between a company’s culture and business outcomes is becoming increasingly apparent. A study by HRWins found that 65% of CEOs feel that strong company culture and people-related issues like gender equality and pay equity – have a direct financial impact on their business. This means that, rather than viewing company culture as a …
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3 ways that HR can impact ROI

Reading Time: 6 minutes The tie between a company’s culture and business outcomes is becoming increasingly apparent. A study by HRWins found that 65% of CEOs feel that strong company culture and people-related issues like gender equality and pay equity – have a direct financial impact on their business. This means that, rather than viewing company culture as a …
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Responding to crisis: How to support yourself and your team

Reading Time: 7 minutes Change can come when you least expect it. Wildfires, hurricanes, a global pandemic, democratic uncertainty, and the Black Lives Matter movement were just a few of the issues that have affected us personally and professionally. In response to that, we’ve become fairly accustomed to remote work, but being stuck at home isn’t the only change we’ve …
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The behavioral science behind adopting new behaviors

Reading Time: 9 minutes While some people find change exciting, others can find it be disorienting and intimidating. Convincing others to embrace change can therefore be challenging, especially if your attitude about the change is different from theirs. If the change will have different effects on you as a leader than them as an employee, or if it benefits …
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Adopting a new perspective on career development

Reading Time: 7 minutes Building a career development strategy may be the single most important consideration you need for your organization and employees. Why? Because humans have a fundamental need to grow and have a feeling of accomplishment. This is especially true for work life. Contrary to the popular belief that people leave an organization because of a bad …
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Using employee experience data to conquer workplace politics

Reading Time: 8 minutes Data is the best weapon against company-wide misinformation and those who are opposed to change. HR teams often have the unfortunate job of delivering news or data that some people don’t want to hear, even when it can benefit them and the company in the long run. It can be challenging for some people to …
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4 tips for building a resilient organization

Reading Time: 8 minutes HR leaders are struggling to make plans for 2021. With so many unknowns, it can be challenging to prepare for specific scenarios. That’s why, instead of trying to predict the future, we’re encouraging HR teams to use this time to focus on building responsive organizations. To support companies with this goal, we partnered with RedThread …
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Using employee listening to support wellbeing

Reading Time: 7 minutes Nearly two-thirds of full-time employees are dealing with burnout on some level while at work. Combined with the fact that certain seasons can bring higher levels of depression, fatigue, and sadness, burnout can make employees especially vulnerable to mental health issues. Sadly, employees aren’t always keen to speak up about their wellbeing and frequently don’t …
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Goal-setting for remote and hybrid teams

Reading Time: 5 minutes Employee goals are the backbone of any effective performance management process, helping you bring clarity to your direct reports on what they need to do and how their work will be evaluated. As more employees work remotely, or away from their teams, one thing that doesn’t change is the power goals have to increase performance …
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6 tips for your next performance review

Reading Time: 3 minutes If there is one thing 2020 has taught us, it is the need to be adaptable. And that rings especially true when it comes to performance reviews.  As you prepare for your next performance management cycle these tips will help you consider the ways you can adapt the process to fit your company. Created by …
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Adapting organizational culture during an economic downturn

Reading Time: 7 minutes For the first time in history a health care crisis has shut down the global economy, which, the UN suggests, puts as many as half a billion jobs at risk worldwide. In attempts to mitigate the impact of the economic downturn and prevent mass layoffs, countries all over the world are utilizing different forms of …
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Is remote work working?

Reading Time: 4 minutes The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly led to significant changes in the way employees work and more importantly, where that work is being done. Huge numbers of employees across the globe left their offices and workspaces earlier in the year and have been working from kitchens, bedrooms, and make-shift desks. But is remote working really working, …
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Building an employee experience for a hybrid workforce

Reading Time: 7 minutes Every HR team strives to create the best workplace experience for their employees. But, perfecting the employee experience is easier said than done. Every employee is different and has their own unique set of challenges and issues, which, unfortunately, your company can’t always solve. Plus, this is often made worse by the fact that staff …
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HR teams: How to prepare for the future of work

Reading Time: 5 minutes As we approach the end of 2020, companies are scrambling to figure out what the workplace will look like in the upcoming year. HR teams, in particular, are being faced with a lot of questions about the future of work. But the truth is that nobody has all the answers right now because we’re all …
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6 ways to support and acknowledge strong managers

Reading Time: 5 minutes While HR teams are often tasked with assisting and educating new and struggling managers, they rarely have the opportunity to get to know and support successful managers in the company. That disconnect can cause top managers to feel unsupported, unappreciated, and frustrated in their current roles, which can in turn impede organizational and departmental progress.  …
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How to help managers have difficult conversations at work

Reading Time: 7 minutes When it comes to difficult conversations with employees at work – whether it’s about underwhelming performance or addressing low motivation – the burden largely falls on managers. But we’re not asking managers to just have those conversations. We’re also asking managers to approach them with empathy, provide ongoing support, and coach employees towards a solution …
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