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    Diversity: Don't Innovate Without It

    Diversity: Don't Innovate Without It
    A white guy, a white guy, and a white guy walk into a bar. Did we lose you yet? Thought so. Nothing interesting was going to come from that joke. Humor works when you have an unexpected, compelling outcome. So does the innovation process. In fact, that's the goal, and it's often achieved by adding diversity -- getting the ideas of ...
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    Emotional After Performance Review

    Emotional After Performance Review
    A reader writes: Some background: I am in my mid-twenties and I work as an assistant for a small, nationally renowned non-profit. I love a lot about my job: I get to research topics I love, and I get to apply skills that satisfy me. I have a heavy workload that has increased substantially over the past few months. I often ...
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    Conducting Strong Performance Evaluations

    Conducting Strong Performance Evaluations
    I'm embarrassed to admit that this is the first year I'm giving our managers detailed training on how to conduct good performance reviews. In the past, I've sent them forms to use and a few words of encouragement, and not much else. In retrospect, this was a crazy plan, since most people haven't done many of these in their careers and ...
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    Meeting the Company Standard

    Meeting the Company Standard
    In my spare time, I’m teaching a human resources class at a local university and we got into this discussion about graphic rating scales on performance appraisals. If you’re not familiar, these are the 1-5 ratings given employees in various areas: quality of work, quantity of work, etc. Many companies use them because they’re easy to administer. But I must admit, ...