Improving Underperforming Employees: How Your Values Can Help

Underperforming Employees: How your values can help them improve

Oh, how we fear the curse of the underperforming employee. On our teams, underperformers wreck the work balance and leave others to pick up the slack. Personally, we fear that we might become underperforming employees as our organizations leave us behind. And managers? Finding ways to improve work performance is part of our managers’ job […]

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How to Deal With an Angry Employee

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Handling an angry employee can be intimidating. Whether you’re nervous that they’ll lash out, concerned about how you’ll respond, or wondering what you can do to best protect the company, there are many things to consider. In a perfect world, angry employees would give you at least 24 hours of notice so you could review […]

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Getting on the Same Page: Compensation and Performance Management

Getting on the same page: compensation and performance management

Miscommunications lead to trouble in every type of relationship. Take international relationships. In 1895, Italy and Ethiopia went to war because the wording in a treaty signed six years previously was confused in translation. According to their version of the treaty, the Ethiopians thought they could use the Italian embassy for their foreign affairs, while […]

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Hidden Ways to Empower Employees and Retain Top Talent

Hidden Opportunities to Empower Employees and Retain Top Talent

For managers, one of the biggest challenges is figuring out how to make team members stick around and keep performing at their peak. Fat salaries and endless perks don’t guarantee retention and performance; they’ll attract a steady stream of applicants, but they won’t make people work hard. To stay loyal and motivated, employees need to […]

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3 Ways Your HRMS Can Help You Optimize Performance Management

3 ways your HRMS can help you optimize performance management

In most organizations, managing employee performance falls into one of two camps: either it’s trapped in a cliché of once-a-year assessments by managers according to a system that hasn’t changed in years, or it is constantly tinkered with, changing every year or two as competency frameworks are adjusted, technology introduced or new feedback mechanisms trialled. […]

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How to Give Feedback to Employees Who Can’t Handle Criticism

Giving feedback is important. It’s an essential part of effective communication and a key to helping employees improve. And most of the time, it’s well received: according to a study by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman published in Harvard Business Review, 57 percent of employees preferred corrective feedback over straight praise. I mention this statistic […]

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HR New Year’s Resolutions: Focused Goals, Lasting Results

New Year's HR Resolutions: Focused Goals, Lasting Results

On behalf of everyone at BambooHR, welcome back to work for the new year! Today is a great day to work in HR because many of your employees are coming into work with resolutions to improve both their personal and professional lives. Matching these resolutions with your own HR resolutions can help improve their chances […]

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5 Ways Leaders Can Improve How They Give Feedback

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Giving feedback is a balancing act. Be clear, but not rude. Be kind, but not confusing. Get your point across without making anyone cry or rage. As a leader, it’s essential you master this balancing act as soon as possible because your feedback is invaluable. Leaders have the opportunity to endorse and nurture good behavior, […]

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Three Hard Conversations Every Manager Needs to Have – BambooHR Blog

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Communication is key to being a good manager. When your responsibilities include hiring, training, scheduling, directing, rewarding, and disciplining a team of people—your peers, if you were promoted internally—having difficult or challenging conversations can be a daily occurrence. Being able to connect with people and discuss important issues in a positive, constructive way is a […]

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