Category Archives: HR Training

After the Performance Review: Preparing for the Year Ahead

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 At their best, performance reviews should be the start of a two-way dialogue that will last the entire year. Here are some tips: Acknowledge that the performance review— while important— is a moment in time over the course of a year. One conversation is unlikely to change the course of history, so decide what groundwork…
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Staying Present in a Performance Review – Key Tips

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Even with effective planning, performance reviews can take many turns during the conversation.  Here are some common patterns that can occur in the conversation, and ways to keep things on track and focused on outcomes. Start with identifying projects or tasks that were key areas of focus for the year. Ask the employee what went…
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Tips: Preparing to Give a Performance Review

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It’s time to evaluate your employees’ performance, and as with many important conversations, effective preparation is key.  Your first step should be to objectively reflect on each person’s contributions over the past year. Here are some tips: It is easy to consider only the past few weeks when considering performance—a recent win or problem can…
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The Ethics of Telework – The Manager Perspective

The Ethics of Telework – The Manager Perspective

As more organizations expand their telework programs, it is often up to supervisors to maintain the link to employees and to make sure that mission-critical work is completed. To maximize the benefits of telework, managers need to build trust with employees and behave ethically towards them. What does this mean in practical terms?  Here are…
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Respecting Diversity in a Time of Telework

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A client shared an interesting story about a recent experience related to disability awareness and telework.  First, some background.  The organization has been working well remotely for several months.  Because the team has a good understanding of diversity principles, it follows the following ground rules: It is a cultural norm for team members to turn…
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Developing Your Leadership Skills in Diversity and Inclusion

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As cultural dynamics change in an organization, it is important for leaders to continue their own development and training.  As a training category, “Diversity and Inclusion” is an important set of both principles and skills, and covers a wide range of topics, including: Generational Differences Unconscious Bias Workplace Culture Cultural Differences Discrimination Did you know…
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Building Inclusiveness: One Conversation at a Time

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We are marking Black History Month at a unique time in our history.  Political upheaval and conflict, increasing COVID-19 case counts and the national changes that come with a new Administration draw our attention outward to watch the news and check in on family and friends.  Marking a diversity holiday can seem like a small…
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Assessment: Diversity and Communications

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Often, discussions about diversity quickly become discussions about structural or systemic problems or patterns over time – and thus become a sociology debate, rather than a personal assessment. In reality, despite the complexities of diversity in the workplace, what most of us really control occurs at the level of the conversation.  We show respect for…
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