The Lowest-Cost Employee Engagement Program

Employee recognition lets workers know that their contributions are appreciated and valued, and they are because after all, great employees could be working for someone else. Think about the last time you praised an employee. Can you remember? Lack of recognition remains one of the top reasons employees quit. Praising and thanking employees for a… Read More

Five Steps to Delivering a Micro-Review

I’m a believer in formal annual reviews. They’re a crucial tool in a manager’s leadership and organizational development toolbox. Companies that toss them out in the name of “the new generation” are losing a major opportunity to shape team members’ professional trajectory. Day-to-day, an employee may not meet your expectations on particular job tasks and will… Read More

Performance Reviews Are Still Relevant

Much has been written recently about the evolution of the performance review.  To judge from the past several years’ discussion on the topic, it wouldn’t be a stretch to think that performance reviews are a relic of the past, ready to be mothballed. I disagree with the notion that performance reviews are antiquated, and I… Read More

The Best Employee Retention Strategy Starts with Three Simple Words

It’s more difficult than ever to retain employees. With U.S. unemployment rates at near historic lows and with workforce demographics shrinking the size of the labor pool, main street businesses need to take a hard look at their current employee retention strategy and determine whether or not it’s getting the job done. Retention begins with driving… Read More