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Tips and tricks of performance review management

Low-Cost Tips for Boosting Employee Morale and Productivity

Morale and productivity go hand in hand. People do their best work when they enjoy what they do for a living. Fair compensation and a positive work environment are naturally the main requirements for maintaining a happy and productive workforce. Employees who are content with their compensation and get along with their colleagues are able […]

09 March 2018

5 Best Practice Tips for Reducing Rater Bias in Performance Reviews

Effective performance management relies on accurate information from performance reviews. Rater bias undercuts this effort by calling into question the accuracy of these ratings. No one is immune to rater bias, so every HR professional should be aware of its impact. Biases like the halo effect, the leniency bias, and the “similar to me” effect […]

03 August 2017

Succession Planning in Trakstar – The ‘Why’ and The ‘How’

If done right, succession planning is a great way to prepare your workforce and your organization for success in the future. Succession planning is the practice of identifying high-potential employees who will do well in leadership roles and will benefit from additional responsibilities and training. The Succession Planning feature in Trakstar works to confidentially compare […]

25 July 2017

Rating Scales – Why The Words Matter

In two separate studies, Willis Towers Watson found that 45% of employers found that their own performance management systems were ineffective and Deloitte reported that 58% of HR executives felt that performance reviews were a waste of supervisors’ time. These shocking statistics, coming from those who understand the importance of effective feedback, are reflective of […]

20 July 2017

Support Employment Related Decisions With Performance Management Software

Employment related decisions have always been challenging. There is so much about management that can seem subjective, and it is difficult to keep track of everything to get a clear picture of what is really going on. And when you are making decisions about which employees you want to keep, and which to let go, […]

18 July 2017

Including Goals On Your Performance Appraisal Forms

Say the word “performance appraisal” and you will likely register a nearly audible groan in your managers. The truth is, the idea of capturing a person’s performance in a basic appraisal form is an exercise in futility. Without proper calibration amongst raters, results mean nothing. One manager’s “meets expectations” is another’s “exceptional performance”. Yet the […]

13 July 2017

Focal Point Reviews vs. the Anniversary Date Appraisal

The dawn of the 21st century saw a new employee performance evaluation process begin to take hold in organizations across the country. What was once a commonly accepted practice, anniversary date appraisals are being traded not only for the use of focal point reviews, but for the philosophy behind them.   Anniversary Date Performance Appraisals […]

11 July 2017

How to Increase Employee Buy-In to the Appraisal Process

Many employees and managers alike are not huge fans of the performance appraisal, which can defeat the purpose of giving one. Dissatisfaction with, and perceived unfairness about, the performance appraisal process can have grave implications on employee morale, decreasing engagement and increasing the likelihood of turnover. But, research still maintains that having a properly-constructed review process […]

14 March 2017

Modernizing Access with Single Sign-On

As more and more organizations choose Trakstar, we see an increasing variety in how organizations provide their users access to important applications. Recently, we’ve made major improvements in how users can sign in to Trakstar, and allowed admins more flexibility in implementing alternatives to the standard username and password login, such as single sign-on (“SSO”). […]

19 January 2017

Do You Know When or When Not to Give Employee Feedback?

If you were to take a quick look at all of the leadership and workforce articles you’ve read in 2016, there’s a good chance a large portion of them focus on how to give employee feedback. The general consensus is that employees can’t get enough, and you should be building more of that feedback into […]

12 January 2017

5 Tips for Engaging Employees with Career Development

Any seasoned manager knows that engaging employees and helping them pursue career development are vital to company growth; Particularly, career development improves morale, career satisfaction, motivation, and productivity. It has also become a far less optional amenity in the workplace than it used to be. More than 66% of millennials believe it’s management’s job to […]

10 January 2017

How to Align Employee & Business Goals with Performance Management

Achieving alignment between your performance management software and your company’s goals doesn’t happen with a few minor tweaks. It takes a full top-to-bottom transformation. Employees need to be working toward something—for the company, and for themselves, and they need to understand what that something is. Alignment between performance management and goals needs to happen during […]

05 January 2017

Welcome Peer-to-Peer Feedback in 2017 for Better Performance Management

The moral of 2016’s story is that feedback is an employee’s earth, moon and sun. From positive to constructive, and everything in between, employees want a constant view of their work from the perspective of management, for better performance management. Often, that is where we think it stops, but your workers spend a great deal […]

29 December 2016

Attention Managers: Quit Being Cautious When It Comes to Giving Feedback

As a manager or leader, one of the most difficult parts of your job can be giving feedback to subordinates. Only 29% of people in a recent Leadership IQ survey said they ‘Always’ know whether their performance is where it should be, or not.   Even with all of the emphasis on performance analytics, and […]

22 December 2016

Combating High Turnover with Feedback Loops: How to Do It

Retaining and engaging employees will always be important to business success, which means a continuous search for the answers on how to combat high turnover rates. At the heart of this search is conversation. Not the conversation of HR experts or employment professionals, but the conversation of the employees. The best way to know what […]

20 December 2016

How Performance Management is Different for Extroverts and Introverts

The most effective managers are those that understand the different needs and communication styles of their workforce. The tactics they use to inspire and correct performance have to be adaptable to the employee they’re being used on, especially in performance management. It’s much easier said than done. What pushes one employee to perform productively, might […]

15 December 2016

How to Use Performance Management Software to Further Employee Development

If there is one thing employees want, it’s growth. Whether it be growth in their positions, or growth in their careers, having opportunities to evolve in a company are important. Keeping employees continually evolving as members of the organization is a responsibility of management. Of almost 4,300 workers, a massive 74% felt that they weren’t […]

08 December 2016

Be Thankful for These Employee Feedback Best Practices

Employee feedback is hard to get right, especially without any guidance. However, it’s vital that your employee feedback is curated, and delivered, just right;  A CareerBuilder survey found that 50% of employees believed better recognition would lead to less voluntary turnover.   It’s time to stop thinking of feedback in the same old once-a-year way, […]

06 December 2016

Your Biggest Leadership Challenges Fixed with These 5 Solutions

“Leadership is less about who a leader is and more about the value a leader creates for someone else.” -Dave Ulrich (@dave_ulrich)   The person who sits at the helm of your organization greatly affects how the company’s ship sails. Leaders set the tone for an organization and have the power to develop and encourage […]

01 December 2016

3 Recommendations for Transforming Your Performance Management Process

Technology has come a long way, especially in the last few years. We are now at the point where it has become a simple task to manage and monitor the performance of employees with an online performance management process. However, just because the technology is there, doesn’t mean that everyone understands it, or uses it […]

29 November 2016

3 Pitfalls to Avoid When Designing an Effective 360 Feedback Program

Using 360 degree feedback to get a better understanding of an employee’s performance can be a great way to build a more comprehensive performance evaluation, but it can also lead to problems if you don’t take care when designing the 360 feedback program. Here at Trakstar we not only offer a platform for implementing your […]

22 November 2016