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How To Hold One-on-One Meetings With Your Employees

Posted by John Boudreau on Jul 19, 2017 4:03:10 PM

I've blogged about small business meetings before. Meeting on a regular basis with your employees is a critical mechanism for reducing your stress and creating a profitable business. One-on-one meetings can be one of your greatest tools for improving performance. A lack of communication can be one of the biggest profit leaks in your business.

There is also a significant external dynamic happening today. According to the Harvard Business Review blog , there is a performance management "revolution" happening.

Companies are changing the way they manage employees. Many are moving away from the annual review process toward more frequent check-ins where feedback can be given and received. According to the Harvard Business Review article, "Employers are finally acknowledging that both supervisors and subordinates despise the appraisal process—a perennial problem that feels more urgent now that the labor market is picking up and concerns about retention have returned."

A tightening job market is making hiring and retention a major problem for small businesses and the process of providing feedback is seen as a major component for driving retention.

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Topics: performance managment, one-on-ones, feedback

3 Ways to Take the Pain Out of Measuring Employee Performance

Posted by John Boudreau on Jul 21, 2016 2:14:21 PM

It’s time for that employee review and you’re dreading it. You feel completely unprepared. You don’t feel good about the employee’s performance, but you don’t have any real data to back that feeling up.

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Topics: KPIs, employee performance, performance reviews, performance managment

What To Do When an Employee Just Isn’t “Working Out”

Posted by John Boudreau on Jul 13, 2016 10:52:25 AM

You hired a new employee and think they are great. Your entire has staff interviewed them. The new employee fits the culture of your company and things are off to a good start.

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Topics: company goals, KPIs, employee performance, performance managment

Do Your Employees Need To Be “Fixed”?

Posted by John Boudreau on Jun 15, 2016 1:04:53 PM

As or owner, have you ever dealt with an employee whose performance you were not happy with? Have you tried to “fix” the employee?

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Topics: Accountability, employee performance, performance managment

Employee Goal Setting That Drive Results

Posted by John Boudreau on May 31, 2016 11:09:09 AM

Much of my reading lately and experience is highlighting two important facts about employee goals:

(1) In order for employees to be happy, their goals need to be clear and they MUST understand how their performance is measured

(2) Many companies still struggle with employee goal setting and performance management

In fact, people search for the term “employee goals” on Google an average of 720 times each month. There is still quite a bit of mystery around setting employee goals.

So How Do You Help Employees Set Goals?

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Topics: employee goals, performance managment