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In Case You Missed It: Best Performance Management Articles this July

We can’t believe we’re already halfway through summer! If you’re like us, you still have so much to do and so little time to do it. One of the items on our to-do list is to stay in-the-know about all things performance management. Here are five articles we found to be the most eye-opening during July:

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In Case You Missed It: Best Performance Management Articles in June

If you’ve been too busy getting ahead of business before summer sets in to keep track of the latest happenings in HR and talent management, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered with this month’s top industry new items. Here’s our June round-up of the articles we found to be most insightful:

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Making Connected Learning & Assessments Work

Think back to when you were in college, or even high school. Maybe there was a certain class you weren't crazy about. It wasn't in your major and you couldn't fathom any of the information being useful once you tossed your graduation cap skyward. If you had a test coming up, you waited until the night before to start cramming all the textbook knowledge you could into your brain. Then you went into class the next day, (ideally) aced the test—and by the end of the next week forgot everything you'd just "learned."

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A CLEAR Approach to Agile Goal Setting

A business without goals is like a ship without direction  ̶  you will end up somewhere, but you won't know where (and your "crew" likely won't be too pleased with the landing spot).

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“In Case You Missed It: Best Performance Management Articles this Month”

Find yourself having trouble keeping up with the latest HR/talent management industry news? With our new monthly series, you’ll never have to miss a beat!

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Who Do Performance Reviews Really Help?

It’s time for the annual performance review process: managers are wracking their brains to complete all of the paperwork; employees are stressed out thinking about how to condense a whole year of accomplishments into a few sentences and a 30-minute conversation, and HR is languishing in deadlines and details to ensure the entire process goes off successfully.

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What Do Employees Need from Performance Reviews?

The performance review system, as it stands today, is broken. Employee engagement rates are abysmal, hovering around 30% according to Gallup research, and part of the reason for that is employees simply aren't getting the substance they need from managers during performance reviews.

So what do employees need from performance reviews?

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Simple Steps to Improve Real-Time Feedback & Recognition

We want information and we want it immediately. Whether it's our phones buzzing with a Facebook notification letting us know it's a friend from middle school's birthday, or a pop-up on our computers telling us we have a text message, we live in an always-on world.

Why then is the workplace falling so far behind?

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Annual Performance Reviews...Still Serving Two Masters?

TalentFirst had a great chat this week with WilliamTincup, the President of Recruitingdaily.com, and one of the most experienced advisers in the HR Tech space.

We were discussing the evolution of annual performance reviews, and the reality that many companies readily admit today: The original system of annual performance reviews was designed, as William put it, "to serve two masters, which never works."

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Managing a Toxic Superstar Employee

As Fox News finally showed Bill O’Reilly the door late last week, managers everywhere winced in sympathy. Many have lived through the realization that they have hired, inherited, or created a toxic but high-performing employee. Businesses value superstar employees so much that they often turn a blind eye to toxic behavior—but this is a mistake, and can end up damaging both a company's reputation and its wallet. Ultimately, it's a manager's job to take control and curb toxic behavior as early and as quickly as possible.

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