Employee Engagement

Tips and tricks of performance review management

How to Get Rid of Useless Meetings with Effective Performance Management

Meetings have a bad reputation in the workforce. In the US alone, there are 11 million formal business meetings each day and it wastes an estimated $37 billion. Of course, the meeting will never go away especially as more companies welcome workflex options into their organizations. They are a necessary part of staying on track […]

02 June 2016

7 Facts You Need to Know Before Giving Employee Feedback

We’ve all heard the numbers around what an engaged employee means for your profits or how detrimental an actively disengaged employee will be to your entire team. However, here are seven things we think you should know about what motivates employees to succeed and how you can incorporate them into your feedback approach.   98% […]

05 May 2016

6 Practical Rewards to Increase Employee Performance

80% of employees say they’re stressed at work. While this may not come as a surprise to you, it is also not something we should ignore. Stress can lead to dissatisfaction, which whether or not an employer is at fault for, will negatively impact productivity, satisfaction and maybe even retention. According to Globoforce’s 2014 Workforce […]

19 April 2016

Making Performance Feedback Count

Giving performance feedback is sometimes a dreaded job. While improvements need to be made in employee performance, it can be a challenge to get feedback across in a way that is digestible and actionable. Every manager has their own unique approach to giving performance feedback. Here are 4 employee performance feedback tips from today’s professionals […]

07 April 2016

How Building a Learning Organization Affects Performance

Does the idea of “change” give you chills or leave you excited? How about “high performing organization”? That probably has a positive connotation. However you might feel about change, businesses are finding that in order to have a high performing team, they must be able to adapt to changing markets, trends, and industries. Though “high […]

29 March 2016

Giving Feedback to Employees? Hold Them Accountable

Giving feedback to employees can be a rewarding experience. As a manager, you are directly involved with career development that is, in some cases, life-changing. Performance conversations give managers the opportunity to build on their relationships with their teams and strategize the road to future success. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?   Well, of course, but […]

10 March 2016

The Importance of Adding Continuous Feedback to Your Online Employee Assessment Tool

In order to be useful, performance feedback should be an ongoing habit and documented in an online employee assessment tool. It should be provided on a constant, year-round basis — not only during the annual performance appraisal. While it may seem like an added responsibility, continuous assessment throughout the year will actually make the manager’s […]

18 February 2016

The Importance of Continual Training and How a Performance Review System Can Help

We are all familiar with the classic model of training: you get a new job, you go through an on-boarding process, you move into your permanent role, and your performance eventually starts to slip as you get bored or begin to disengage. It’s a classic cycle seen in organizations throughout all industries. While it may […]

11 February 2016

A Step-by-Step Guide to Hiring for Cultural Fit

We love bringing new people on board at Trakstar. But, like you, we worry. Will we choose the right person? Will he/she fit in with the team? Hiring for cultural fit is a really big deal at Trakstar. I might even say it’s the biggest deal! We can teach everything else. We’ve refined our process […]

21 January 2016

Understanding Employee Happiness and Productivity With An Employee Evaluation System

There are often assertions that happier employees are more productive, but until recently it’s been largely speculation driving that claim. The Social Market Foundation, in conjunction with the University of Warwick’s Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy, released a report on a 700 person experiment that found when employees are happy they are 12% […]

13 November 2015

Succession Planning with The 9-Box Grid on Performance Reviews

Time has a funny way of continuing on whether we like it or not. One day your organization is operating at full speed and the next a key member of your team shares the news they’re leaving. You can do everything in your power to keep engagement high and turnover low but people inevitably move […]

05 November 2015

How to Disagree with your Manager

We’ve all been there: Your instinct is to speak up but instead you pause, maybe there’s an uncomfortable shift and you bite your tongue.   Many employees might never think to openly disagree with their boss, but the reality is that good managers don’t make every decision on their own. A recent Deloitte University Press article […]

29 October 2015

Why Words Matter in Employee Evaluation Systems

Use your words. It’s very likely that many of us have heard or used this phrase at some point in our lives. For me, it brings up memories of my childhood. My parents would often use this in an attempt to help me describe something, or just to communicate my opinion. Sounds pretty simple, right? […]

08 October 2015

A Leg To Stand On: Why Core Values Differentiate You

We hear a lot about Core Values here at Trakstar and it’s something we spend a lot of time thinking and talking about. One of our favorite parts of helping companies is learning about their Core Values (or lack there of) and the story behind them. Core Values mean different things for different organizations however […]

14 August 2015

Teamwork with Sticky Notes: Visualizing Complexity

Visualizing the Customer Experience Visualizing complexity is hard. Where do you start if you have a story with lots of twists and turns? How do you draw a picture of a complex process? We’re lucky and excited to have new employees at Trakstar. It’s amazing what new blood brings to a team. One of our new employees, […]

30 October 2014

Plussing: Feedback that works!

Recently I was asked how to effectively teach feedback strategies managers can use in order to give good feedback—feedback that will be well-received and encourage growth and innovation. Have you heard of a strategy called Plussing, coined by Walt Disney? Plussing is a method of providing good feedback.  Walt taught Disney employees to use it […]

04 February 2014

6 Tips for Better Performance Meetings

For many organizations, the end of the year means Performance Appraisal time! Employee appraisals are scored, meetings are held and new goals are set for the coming year. If it’s that time of year for your organization, it may also mean that managers might appreciate a few tips on how to have performance conversations with […]

24 October 2013

Happy, happy org chart.

Our fantastic developers added something special to help our customers, a visual org chart. Use it to make sure your hierarchy is correct and to visualize the routing process.  You may have great ways to use it we haven’t even thought of yet.  

12 April 2013