Stay on Top of Employee Performance to Avoid a Wrongful Termination Suit

Wrongful termination suit: These three little words automatically make the hair on the back of my neck stand up! Learn how to avoid this type of legal mess by following a relatively simple documentation process. Yeah I know, we all hate to hear “documentation,” since we know it means lots of time bent over your computer writing down seemingly every little of piece of knowledge you have acquired. And you are right! However, this little bit of proactive work can eliminate many long arduous hours with our friends in the legal department in the future.

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Employee Performance Appraisal: Executing Agile-Based Projects in a Traditional IT Services Organization

Agility, as a concept, has been in vogue for some time now. There have been numerous stories around agile implementations in IT product organizations. Executing an agile project in IT services organizations has its own share of challenges. This article seeks to highlight a part of this challenge, mainly from the employee performance appraisal perspective.

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New Podcast Series for Public Sector Employees Offers Expert Insights on Leadership, Performance, and More

Thought leaders and highly-respected authors bring their expertise and insights to a new podcast series devoted to public sector employees and their unique workplace issues. The series, developed by The Public Manager, is designed to give listeners a deeper understanding of the diverse challenges facing today’s public managers and the solutions needed to drive the issues forward. The Public Manager, a quarterly journal devoted to providing public sector employees leading-edge content and resources, provides this podcast series as an extension of its journal articles, conversations in its online community, and insights gathered from the public managers on the front lines of national, state, and local agencies. “We know that today’s public managers value resources to help them do their jobs better,” says Carrie Blustin, publisher of The Public Manager. “We also know that today’s managers are time-pressed. This podcast series answers a need – useful, practical content in a format that can be accessed on-the-go.” Two podcasts are now available: Upcoming podcasts will feature Christine L. Rush, assistant professor of public administration discussing her journal article “Implementing the 4-day work week,” and Rick Koonce, certified executive coach and consultant discussing, “Executive Coaching, Leadership Development in the Federal Government.” Listen here for a brief preview of the series. More information about the podcast series can be found on the Podcasts from The Public Manager website. About The Public Manager The Public Manager offers readers practical solutions for emerging public administration and policy issues from experienced professionals. A forum for developing and disseminating best practices, it encourages continuing excellence in government and nonprofit organizations. The Public Manager is published by The Bureaucrat, Inc., an affiliate of the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD), the world’s largest association dedicated to the training and development field whose members work in thousands of organizations in the public and private sectors.

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UK: Older workers still neglected over training and performance issues

(From hrmagazine.co.uk) — As the Pensions Bill makes its way through The Commons, older workers are still often neglected when it comes to training and performance management according to a report this week from the CIPD. The Employee Outlook: Focus on an Ageing Workforce survey of 2,000 employees found less than half of workers (46%) aged 65 and above report they have had a formal performance appraisal either once a year or more frequently, compared to 65% of all employees. In all 44% of employees aged 65 and above have not had a formal performance appraisal in the last two years or never, compared to a survey average of 27%. Older workers are also much less likely than younger workers to have received training, with 51% of those aged over 65 saying they had received no training in the last three years or never, compared to 32% across all age groups. Read more.

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Turning performance reviews into a tool for greatness

Performance-review time often scares the willies out of both managers and employees. But it doesn’t have to be that way. I am currently reading the edited manuscript for Ultimate Performance Management by Jeff and Linda Russell, and I think they may be on to something…. The book is part of a new ASTD Press series, the Ultimate series, which is a spinoff of the ASTD Trainer’s WorkShop series and is designed to give you everything you could ever need to train people in a particular area. Other books that are currently planned for the series are Elaine Biech’s ASTD’s Ultimate Train the Trainer and Christee Gabour Atwood’s Ultimate Basic Business Skills Training. But I am getting off topic, I wanted to talk about Jeff and Linda’s book, which deals with transforming the scary once- or maybe twice-annual performance review into an ongoing development tool that enables people to go from “Eh, well, I am doing OK,” to “Wow! I am doing GREAT!” The book presents a series of workshop designs that transform the performance review from a single retrospective event into an ongoing, forward-looking development process. Jeff and Linda present a larger performance management framework called the Great Performance Management Cycle, which has much of its roots in ideas from Chris Argyris, Donald Schn, and others. Implementing the framework probably requires a fairly substantial change in the way that organizations manage their people, but has potentially huge benefits for employees, their managers, and the organization as a whole. This is because the ongoing coaching conversations that Jeff and Linda advocate enable employees to feel heard and be encouraged to do great things, managers are encouraged to help their employees achieve those great things, and the organization as a whole reaps the rewards of all those great things. The book primarily provides everything that a trainer or facilitator would need to facilitate workshops for managers and employees on the new performance management model, including lots of training tools, participant handouts, training instruments, and learning activities–all of which is good, practical, here’s-how-get-it-done stuff. However, for me, the heart of the book is chapter 2, which explains the theory and thinking behind the model and is a fascinating read.

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