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:

  1. You know the age-old saying, “It’s just business—nothing personal?” Well that no longer applies in today’s world. Leaders are constantly worried that their top talent is considering jumping ship, but they don’t realize it stems from their management style. Inc. lays out the top seven things your employees want most from you in this article. – July 7, 2017
  1. What are the three key strategies that your organization needs in order to bridge the gap between employee engagement levels and customer experience strategies? Forbes has the answer – hint: HR is your secret weapon. – July 8, 2017
  1. Intuitive, agile, compassionate, visionary, bold, organized – these are all characteristics of a strong leader. But what about aggression? Sure, aggressive qualities help leaders win more prospective customers and minimize competition, but aggression can also belittle employees, decrease overall morale and erode positive workplace culture over time. Forbes explains how to be an assertive leader versus an aggressive one with these four tips. – July 11, 2017
  1. Leaders, we’re curious to know: what are some of the ways that you connect with your employees? Is it through a book club? Planning your weekly tasks out together? Or maybe something crazy like embarking on a motorcycle tour or starting a company microbrewery! Check out some inspiring ways managers bond with their employees in this Fast Company list. – July 18, 2017

As a manager, it’s hard to tell when to, or if you should, step in when a team member is up against a challenge. It’s easy to jump in when you already have the solution from prior experience, but there comes a time when junior-level staff must go through the same challenges. If you find yourself struggling with this dilemma, read Harvard Business Review's piece on knowing when to jump in or stay put. – July 20, 2017