Unveiling the HighGround Performance Management Data Study

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New strategies to improve employee performance and engagement are evolving just as quickly as they are being discovered. The reality is that there is no is “silver bullet” for every organization or even every manager. One of the process transformations with the widest appeal is moving from annual performance reviews to frequent performance conversations. Performance conversations…. Just over half of managers hold at least weekly check-ins.

Performance Management in HighGround Customers’ Own Words

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The cornerstone of modern performance management is collaborative goal-setting, continuous coaching and ongoing feedback and frequent check-ins. Because of this, designing your company’s individual performance management strategy can be daunting. Why are annual performance reviews are disappearing? Why are performance reviews important? Why should performance monitoring and evaluation be a continuous process?

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[Video] HighGround Customer Story: LRW

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Lieberman Research Worldwide wanted a way to help its managers become better coaches and leaders. It turned to HighGround to help re-tool performance management from an annual, dreaded process to more continuous, real-time feedback and coaching. The post [Video] HighGround Customer Story: LRW appeared first on HighGround. Video coaching employee development LRW performance management

[Video] HighGround Customer Story: Patagonia

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We recently sat down with Dean Carter, Vice President of HR for Patagonia, to talk about how the company is re-thinking its approach to performance management. When they decided they wanted to make a change, Patagonia implemented HighGround to help them better develop its workforce. In this video, Dean talks about the importance of transparency around goal-setting and coaching and how HighGround is driving better employee engagement.

Introducing HighGround Gmail and Outlook Integrations

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As the science of employee performance and engagement continues to grow, it’s become clear the most innovative and profitable companies are those embracing a feedback culture. In fact, Josh Bersin said, “The new world of performance management is now built on ‘always feedback.’” At HighGround, business integrations are a core part of our strategy and our mantra of “live where they work” is a guiding principle for addressing this fundamental user experience challenge.

Killing the Traditional Performance Management Approach

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In the last few years, there have been tons of stories about how companies are ditching performance management as it has long been practiced and replacing it with a variety of approaches. At the same time, there have been a large number of companies popping up to support different approaches to performance management. HighGround. Changing Our Thinking Around Performance. Managers, for the most part, hate the review process.

HCI Webinar Recap: Performance Management Overhauls Are Constant Works in Progress

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Jason Averbrook, CEO and Co-founder of LeapGen, and Laura Seamans, VP of Organizational Effectiveness for ACT, recently shared their experiences and insights during a webinar called “Workplace Engagement Decoded” moderated by HighGround Chief Engagement Officer, Andee Harris an co-hosted by the Human Capital Institute. So how can HR and organizations deliver the ongoing approach that managers and employees want? What do DNA and peanut butter have to do with performance management?

5 Questions about Brain-Friendly Performance Management

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Last week I co-hosted a webinar with the Dr. David Rock of the NeuroLeadership Institute called, “A Brain-Friendly Approach to Performance Management.” It was certainly a career highlight to co-host the webinar and discuss how companies can change their performance management strategies. How do we manage to that brain dynamic? Is your current performance heading in this direction? What type of communication or training would you recommend for managers?

The “How” Behind Performance Management Transformation [Webinar Recap]

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Earlier this month we hosted a webinar, It’s About the How: Making Performance Management as Agile as Your Business , with industry visionary Josh Bersin and Hitachi Vantara’s Scott Kelly. First, we wanted to help attendees understand what’s driving the performance management transformation we see today, on both the micro and macro level. There are four forces of disruption necessitating performance management change. Take change management seriously.

Is Performance Management the Key to the New Way We Work?

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Instead of free lunches and unlimited PTO, could a better performance management approach be the answer? While this new model better meets the needs of businesses, it can be problematic from a performance management standpoint. How can managers accurately assess performance when their direct reports regularly work on projects outside of their purview? And, a stronger manager-employee relationship keeps employees happier, too.

Performance Management System False Positives: 3 Ways Your Data Could Be Lying

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A great performance management system on paper doesn’t guarantee a successful one in practice. Change management experts to craft a careful communication strategy. Let’s take a look at three common goals of a performance management system, and how the numbers you use to measure success against those goals might actually be lying. Goal #1: Enable the highest levels of employee performance and productivity. Goals Performance Management

17 Ways to Keep Employees Engaged in your Performance Management & Social Recognition Program

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You’ve identified your needs, researched HR strategies, chosen a technology partner and launched your real-time performance management and/or social recognition platform. One HighGround client created a Chuck Norris-themed badge to celebrate its “Day of Awesomeness.”. Systems like HighGround can integrate with tools like Outlook, SharePoint, Yammer – wherever employees spend the most time communicating and collaborating.

Performance Management: A Swing and a Miss? [Infographic]

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Baseball season is well underway and it got us thinking about coaching – and specifically how performance management practices can take some cues from the sports world. Better employee performance management is a well-known and ongoing priority for HR. It’s possible to coach your managers to be better coaches themselves. You’ll get the latest HighGround and industry news sent straight to your inbox. .

[Video] Better Developing Your Employees

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Lieberman Research Worldwide knew that backward-looking, annual performance reviews weren’t working. Better developing your employees is a top priority for many organizations and to help their own efforts, LRW turned to HighGround’s engagement platform. LRW now develops its employees through real-time, continuous feedback, agile goal-setting, regular check-ins and coaching conversations. The post [Video] Better Developing Your Employees appeared first on HighGround.

News You Might Have Missed

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Check out a few of the recent stories that caught our eye as well as HighGround in the news. HighGround’s Director of People and Culture, Libby Rapin, shares some simple tips on how to appreciate your employees on a daily basis. Vote] HighGround is in ChicagoInno’s Tech Madness. HighGround has been named a finalist in ChicagoInno’s Tech Madness Bracket, a friendly competition designed to generate awareness and excitement for companies in the Chicago tech space.

The Horse is Dead: Traditional Performance Reviews are Officially Over So What’s Next?

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I remember the stress I felt during my very first performance review – but can’t recall a single thing my manager told me. The feedback could have been entirely positive, but I dreaded the entire process so much that it ultimately didn’t affect anything about my performance. The good news today is that the proverbial “horse is dead” with traditional performance reviews. Managers typically control the conversation, making employees feel powerless or inadequate.

Are 2016 Workforce Predictions Coming True?

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First up, Fast Company ’s 6 Ways Work Will Change in 2016 predicted that today’s managers might look a bit different than before. The traditional approach to performance management and performance appraisals is being revolutionized, they’re throwing away ratings, they’re putting in systems to provide feedback, and the gap that’s being created is, ‘Who are the right leaders?'” So, what happens when managers are better?

How High-Performing Companies Manage Employee Performance [New Research]

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Recently we wrapped up an amazing new project, the 2017 Lighthouse Research Performance Management, Engagement, and Business Results study. Hat tip to the great team at HighGround for underwriting the webinar and upcoming report delving into the research. She has a great story to tell about her company’s monumental shifts in performance management practices and is very fun to listen to–I know you’ll enjoy it. Gap Analysis: High Performer are….

How One Company is Creating a Feedback Culture

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He talked about LLamasoft’s values, the problems with its previous approach to performance management and how they’re now working to create a culture where ongoing feedback is the norm. With 410 employees around the world, including 250 in the United States alone, LLamasoft needed a flexible way to share company values and manage employee performance. Craig says they’re using HighGround to help employees realize their potential and embrace “diversity of thought.”.

Bad Managers: Are They Hiding in Plain Sight?

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When you think of a bad manager, what comes to mind? It’s usually pretty easy for anyone in a company to identify those kind of bad managers even if they don’t’ report directly to them. But what about the things a bad manager doesn’t do? In the workplace, when a manager ditches a 1-on-1 meeting with an employee, it not only sends a strong message to the employee but it might suggest a deeper issue. Managers who continually disregard feedback requests are a red flag.

The Era of Millennial Management Has Arrived [Part One]

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Millennials are quickly moving up the corporate ladder, leaving organizations to navigate this new dynamic where Millennials manage each other. Here’s how this new management structure is changing the workplace as we know it. Fortunately, younger managers are beginning to quash the generational misperceptions associated with their age. We talked more about why Millennials prefer a continuous performance management approach in our research paper, Beyond the Annual Review.).

How Your Brain Responds to Performance Rankings [Video]

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This video called, “How Your Brain Responds to Performance Rankings,” first appeared on strategy + business. Companies with a more modern approach to employee development are focusing on coaching conversations between managers and employees, arming them with questions and guides to optimize the conversation. Watch the entire video above to learn why HR needs to change the traditional performance management process.

How Your Brain Responds to Performance Rankings [Video]

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This video called, “How Your Brain Responds to Performance Rankings,” first appeared on strategy + business. Companies with a more modern approach to employee development are focusing on coaching conversations between managers and employees, arming them with questions and guides to optimize the conversation. Watch the entire video above to learn why HR needs to change the traditional performance management process.

Which Comes First: Employee Engagement or Performance?

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While at the same time, they’re responsible for the strategies that create a high-performing workforce that delivers an outstanding customer experience and top business results. While there’s certainly a correlation between engagement and performance, it’s widely misunderstood. On the surface, it would appear that an engaged workforce leads to a high-performing one. If engagement is an issue, take a look at performance metrics. appeared first on HighGround.

How to Bypass an Incompetent Manager

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Not all managers are created equal. However, just because you’re stuck with an incompetent manager doesn’t mean you can’t find other opportunities for mentorship, coaching and professional growth. Even though in the past, managers were the sole gatekeepers to an employee’s opportunities at a company, today’s reality is that employees can have much more control and autonomy even when their own managers are ill equipped to lead. Have you ever had a bad manager?

How to Bypass an Incompetent Manger

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Not all managers are created equal. However, just because you’re stuck with an incompetent manager doesn’t mean you can’t find other opportunities for mentorship, coaching and professional growth. Even though in the past, managers were the sole gatekeepers to an employee’s opportunities at a company, today’s reality is that employees can have much more control and autonomy even when their own managers are ill equipped to lead. Have you ever had a bad manager?

Terrible Managers Don’t Need to Spell the End of Employee Growth

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Most people have had a terrible manager at some point in their careers. In either scenario, employees are hamstrung and performance suffers. Oftentimes, managers serve as the gatekeepers for their employees’ professional opportunities. Good managers advocate for their team, mentor them and coach people toward better performance. Employees move up the corporate ladder with the help of a good manager. Have you ever worked for a bad manager?

Have You Already Broken These HR Resolutions?

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Encourage your employees and managers to collaborate on agile goals — and make sure they have the mechanisms and support in place to adjust them when necessary. Resolution 2: Changing Performance Management Processes. Should managers have more frequent conversations? Are managers being coached on how to make these conversations more productive? Have you encouraged your managers to have more frequent conversations with their teams?

Generation “Why?”

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For this reason, organizations are moving toward continuous, ongoing feedback as the new form of performance management. Facilitating frequent conversations between employees and managers creates more open, honest relationships. Along with aligning overall business goals, these tasks require self-management — something Millennials greatly appreciate. You can more easily pinpoint problems such as lack of communication between an employee and his or her manager.

The Era of Millennial Management Has Arrived [Part Two]

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(In Part One of this post, we shared some pros and cons of Millennial managers, and how they’re changing the way employees are managed.). Are you a Millennial manager looking to create the best environment possible for your team? Here are four tips for managing other Millennials in the workplace. Ask Millennials how they want to be managed. Young managers understand better than anyone that annual performance reviews are outdated and ineffective.

4 Tips for Managing Millennials in the Workplace

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The era of Millennial management has arrived. Millennials are quickly moving up the corporate ladder and managing each other, leaving organizations to navigate this new dynamic. Here’s how this new management structure is changing the workplace as we know it. Fortunately, younger managers are beginning to quash the generational misperceptions associated with their age. How to effectively manage employees in your age group. Four tips for Managing Millennials.

4 Changes HR Needs to Make Now to Better Engage Employees

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Enable better employee performance. We know that managers don’t believe annual reviews are an accurate representation of the employee. Research has consistently shown that performance appraisals are found be painful and don’t work. Organizations have changed their mindsets to focus on performance enablement rather than just management. The post 4 Changes HR Needs to Make Now to Better Engage Employees appeared first on HighGround.

A Look Inside Josh Bersin’s Predictions for 2019

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Bersin covers quite a bit of ground, but we wanted to call out some interesting stats and ideas on performance management and the employee experience. 96% of companies are still performing annual reviews. Add in continuous feedback, regular coaching, and agile goal setting. Annual performance reviews aren’t bad, they just aren’t enough. Change the behavior of managers. The post A Look Inside Josh Bersin’s Predictions for 2019 appeared first on HighGround.

5 Tips for Setting Achievable Professional Goals

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Its goal-setting season and I’m sure many of us are putting off establishing them until the deadline arrives and it’s finally time to have a conversation with our managers. In Michael Hyatt’s webinar, he talks about the importance of posting your goals where they are visible and in a place where you can see them often – whether it’s in a platform like HighGround or through written notes on your desk.

Does Your Employee Experience Make Your Top Talent Want to Stay?

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Let’s take a look at what today’s top talent really wants, and your performance management strategy’s role in making it happen for them. Building a feedback culture creates a situation where employees are encouraged to positively interact and communicate on each other’s goals, performance and achievements. Managers are on the front lines of this, ensuring that employees are getting what they need to succeed, whether that’s in terms of coaching or training.

News You Might Have Missed – May 16

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Performance Talks: 4 Harmless Phrases that Can Kill Finance Staffers’ Morale. Here are three other phrases that aren’t doing you any favors during coaching conversations. Vote for HighGround as Favorite New Product. If you agree, follow this link [link] and enter code Z402F to automatically vote for HighGround. The Role HR Business Partners Should Play in Change Management. The post News You Might Have Missed – May 16 appeared first on HighGround.

News You Might Have Missed – March 30

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Check out a few of the recent stories that caught our eye as well as HighGround in the news. 6 Signs That You’re Management Material. What does it take to be a good manager? Whether you’re already a manager or would like to be, read these six signs that show you’ve got what it takes to lead. Performance Management for Managers. Are you training managers to be managers? News performance management survey tips