This selection of articles, which covers everything from performance coaching to AI, will help you transform your organisation this year.
In the world of management, there is always something new to learn. There are always skills to strengthen and old, backwards habits to outgrow and eliminate. The more we read and become familiar with modern performance management trends, the stronger our organisations and workforce will be.
There is a wealth of information online about modern performance management trends, but here are five stellar articles to read with your morning coffee. These articles will help develop your appreciation of mental health issues in the workplace, and teach you how to mentor your employees and deliver effective, quality feedback that will inspire great performance.
1. Tips for Delivering Feedback More Effectively at Work by Dan McCarthy
Forward-thinking businesses need to be on the ball with regards to feedback. Managers need to know how and when to deliver feedback to their employees. Likewise, they need to understand the importance of soliciting feedback — doing so will improve and enhance your performance management processes.
This article on delivering feedback by Dan McCarthy is a must-read for anyone struggling with the exchange of effective feedback. Dan highlights how powerful great feedback can be, while also pointing out the reasons why managers hate to deliver feedback. Dan goes on to give ten great tips for delivering feedback, including the importance of being timely. Dan also notes the importance of focusing on specific feedback, rather than the employee in question, which can be really helpful if you want to avoid the natural and built-in “fight or flight” response we experience when we feel threatened or criticised.
2. Ten Signs You’re a Boss — But Not a Leader by Liz Ryan
The purpose of performance management is not only to improve performance but also to improve relationships between people. After all, with increased familiarity, trust and confidence in leadership, employees are able to thrive and achieve higher levels of success. At its heart, performance management is all about people, which includes our mindsets and relationships with one another.
With this in mind, this article about leadership by Liz Ryan is an enlightening read. Liz covers the differences between a traditional boss and a real leader. While a boss might possess a lot of technical know-how, they won’t necessarily have the ability to inspire and motivate. For a leader to be truly effective, they need to emphasise growth and development, care about employee engagement and cultivate great relationships. This is something we all need to remember and prioritise.
3. Can AI Help with Performance Management? By Adi Gaskell
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is influencing nearly every field today, from sales enablement to medical animation. It’s also having a huge impact on the world of business and starting to influence the performance management field. In this AI-centric article, Adi shows us how this revolutionary technology can help us spot weak spots in our team. The article covers performance through the lens of professional football, but the author uses the opportunity to highlight the possibilities of AI for performance management and HR in the long run.
4. How to Start Mental Health Conversations with Your Employees by Fatmata Kamara
In 2020, managers will need to develop a more thorough understanding of mental health and how it impacts employee performance, motivation and morale. Mental health conditions are on the rise, and employees need their managers to be both understanding and on the ball with regards to wellbeing and wellness.
As such, we recommend reading this article about initiating mental health conversations with your employees. Such conversations don’t come naturally to a lot of people. On top of this, some managers may be afraid of causing offence, which might lead to them not raising the issue at all. This article discusses how to talk about mental health with employees in a supportive, open way. Fatmata also discusses the importance of regularly catching up with employees for one-to-one discussions while keeping all conversations entirely confidential.
5. The 4 Best Ways to Coach Your Employees to Greatness by David Finkel
Performance coaching is something we’re passionate about at Clear Review. So much so that every one of our employees has an assigned performance coach. It has a massive positive impact on employee engagement and general morale, and ultimately leads to great performance. This article discusses ways to effectively coach employees. Importantly, David discusses the necessity of coaching with purpose in order to ensure development and growth.
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