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Posts Tagged ‘Performance Management’

5 Considerations in Conducting Performance Evaluations

August 21, 2017

It’s performance evaluation time, and everyone knows these conversations can sometimes be difficult. Whether you’re measuring engagement, presenting feedback, or conversing with your youngest employee, some scenarios will be new and unpredictable. At Helios, we’ve found there are five considerations that can change the entire delivery and reception of...

Reinventing Performance Reviews with Feedforward

August 17, 2017

How excited are you when someone says they want to “give you some feedback?” Or what about when you hear that it’s time for a Performance Review or Appraisal? What usually follows this ‘helpful information’ exchange? Typically it includes a critique of some sort, or perhaps a blindsided analysis of...

The 4 Key Factors of Employee Engagement

August 14, 2017

Buzzwords in business are overused to the point of becoming fads at times. We hear phrases daily such as “culture”, “engagement”, “wheelhouse”, “synergy”, “incentivizing”, “strategic”, and the list goes on and on. When these buzzwords become so common in our workplace, it shouldn’t be surprising to hear so many...

Review Your Company Culture: The Top 5 Things That Matter

March 24, 2016

Culture develops in every organization. Employers can intentionally guide the environment with visible, well-developed values. Integral to creating a cohesive and collaborative environment in the face of change and conflict, particularly with mergers and acquisitions is an honest assessment of the current climate. Whether organizations are looking to enhance...

Department Review: Making the Most of Your HR Function

June 15, 2015

At Helios we work with many organizations to conduct effectiveness and compliance audits of their HR Department, which includes a set of interviews with executive team members and employees at all levels of the organization.  One of the first questions that we always ask of all interviewees is, “in...

Pros Vs. Cons of Employee Self-Evaluations

May 21, 2015

As HR professionals, we at Helios are big advocates of Performance Management. Performance Management encompasses planning for: performance (providing clear job descriptions and setting goals), on-going coaching, counseling and feedback (regularly occurring manager and employee communication), and evaluating performance (performance appraisals). While each of these aspects of managing performance is equally important, this blog’s...

5 Ways to Best Identify and Cultivate Leaders

January 30, 2015

A few things have been going through my mind recently: Football, Leadership and Performance Management. While these three topics sound disjointed, hang on for the ride – there is a touchdown at the end of this! Obviously, I have been thinking about football with the Super Bowl happening this...

3 Easy Steps to Fix Common Performance Review Problems

January 16, 2015

Performance reviews often get such a bad rap – and yet, we HR Professionals know how critical they are in terms of managing organizational effectiveness.  At Helios, we work with many of our clients to revise their performance review process and we’ve learned many lessons along the way. With...

Best Practices Documenting Performance Issues

September 23, 2014

Whether you are a manager or an HR professional, the following conversation probably sounds familiar to you: Manager: “I need to terminate this employee today!  The performance issues are becoming a distraction for the rest of the team.” HR: “I didn’t know you were having issues with that employee.  Are any...

The Problem with Performance Reviews

December 23, 2013

As an HR Consulting firm, Helios is a big supporter of managing employee performance. Performance Management includes annual performance review meetings that we hope managers at every organization are having with their staff. Many employees see an end of the year review as an administrative task to check...

Up or Out Policies for Organizations: Everything You Need to Know

November 5, 2013

Have you ever considered an Up or Out personnel policy? While traditionally used in the military and academics, I recently had a client shift their career development approach to an Up or Out policy in order to attract, retain, and motivate high performing individuals. What is an Up or...

How to Coach Your Employees to Reach their Potential

October 28, 2013

I love fall. The crisp, cool air reminds me of walking to basketball practice in sweatpants and a hoodie, and I get excited! At the time I was just having fun, but looking back I realize how much I learned from sports that can be translated into...

Managing Performance: How to Give An Employee Feedback for Poor Performance

September 26, 2013

As HR consultants, clients often approach us seeking guidance on how to manage an employee who is under performing in their current role.  By the time a manager has decided to approach HR with the situation they are often frustrated with the poor performance and are seeking HR intervention.  ...

Executive Spotlight: Christopher Hearing, President of Direct Holdings Global

July 15, 2013

Direct Holdings Global, most notably associated with the success of the Time Life brand, is a multi-channel marketer, distributor, and leader in entertainment and lifestyle direct-to-consumer marketing. In this interview, President Chris Hearing shares how they foster an environment that encourages trust and innovation. Check out the full interview...

How to Define Organizational Competencies

June 19, 2013

Interested in learning how to define your company's core competencies? Read this article to help get you started!