Every week, I read dozens of articles about management, human resources, and employee development. I look for advice grounded in reality that small and large companies can easily use to help people engage, perform, and improve. I’ve pulled the best ones from this week so you can get right to the good stuff.
How to Motivate Employees to Go Beyond Their Jobs
It’s hard to get people to step tackle tasks that aren’t in their job descriptions, and sometimes, a company culture can even discourage it. But healthy, learning organizations depend on people being more interested in the well-being of the group than the boundaries between roles. This article from the Harvard Business Review suggests letting people choose the ways they want to “chip in” that align best with their values and give them the most satisfaction. Read more.
Why Performance Ratings are Harmful
If you use performance measures as part of regular employee reviews, take a look at this article which provides some relatable illustrations of the problems these assessments create and offers some good tips for keeping performance high without a 1-7 rating scale. Read more.
Don’t Forget About On-the-Job Training
Here at Pract.us we’re all about learning through job experience so we love this article which reminds readers how useful OJT can be and offers some great advice for making it more effective, flexible, and practical in today’s work environment. Read more.
How Do You Express Anger to Employees?
Sometimes, you’re just torqued and you need to let an employee know how unhappy you are with their performance, but it’s important to do it without causing damage to morale, culture or future performance. Here’s a good discussion of what happens when you let anger loose and how you can handle it most professionally. Read more.
How Continuous Learning Leads to Happiness for Millennials
We often think of continuous learning as something for older generations who have made their careers and want to branch out with new interests, but this article points out that Millennials, with their greater priorities on personal development, derive deep satisfaction from expanding their abilities. Read more.
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