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Make Telework Work for You: Best Practices and Tips

featured / career development / telework / human resources
Yesterday, I discussed the rise of teleworking policies, which allow employees to work from home or any other remote location, throughout the private and public sector. It’s no surprise that these policies are becoming more popular, due to the flexibility they offer to employees, their benefits for recruiting and retaining high-performing employees, and their ability to improve work-life balance. Some companies are actually reducing their footprint (and operating costs) by eliminating their brick and mortar presence through a 100% remote workforce, others offer it only as a scheduled or situational benefit. Situational telework typically refers to working remotely due to infrequent inclement weather or transportation issues, but it also includes allowing certain employees who are unable to report to the organization’s location due to their... more
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The Role of Feedback in Goal-Setting and Employee Evaluation

featured / blog / performance reviews / career development / organizational performance
Fors Marsh Group Goal Setting Process Now that we’ve defined goals and discussed both where they come from and how they link to performance evaluations, I’d like to spend most of this second post discussing the middle part of the goal-setting cycle (namely feedback and revision). There’s a lot of discussion surrounding “how to give feedback” that is, frankly, not relevant to the questions at hand in this blog post. Instead, we’ll focus on the role of feedback play in goal setting and performance appraisal. Let’s tackle each of these independently. Feedback and Goal-Setting If you remember, we’ve defined goals as measurable behavioral plans that bridge a gap between an employee’s current and desired... more
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The Goal-Setting Cycle – When SMART Just Isn’t Enough

featured / blog / performance reviews / career development / organizational performance
"Regardless of the system used, in the vast majority of cases, all of the parties involved are unhappy with the appraisal process" - DeNisi & Sonesh (2011) I’m not sure there’s another sentence of any article that’s stuck with me more than the one above. DeNisi and Sonesh go on to describe that, they believe, this is because nothing productive ever comes out of the review process. Perhaps this is because it took us as I/O Psychologists until the early 1990s to realize that performance improvement should be the ultimate goal of the evaluation process.1 This notion – that performance appraisals exist not only to measure but also to improve employees’ performance – represented a fundamental shift in a field that was previously... more
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A Raise by Any Other Name?

organizational psychology / career development / featured / performance reviews
Much has been made recently of the movement away from performance review systems. Last year The New York Times expressed in wonder that "Mc" In July, consulting giant Deloitte "banned" performance reviews, and just recently fellow heavyweight Accenture made the headlines by announcing that they are In July, consulting giant Deloitte doing away with their performance review system . What a wonderful time for those looking to fly under the radar in corporate America! Time to go to work and go through the motions: nobody looking over your shoulder anymore, no more consequences for taking it easy at work, nothing but easy living. For once it's easy to feel sorry for the hardworking overachiever instead of the underdog.... more
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Preparing for Your Performance Review - Time to Stress or Time to Shine?

career development / organizational performance / featured
In the spirit of National Career Development Week, November 10-14, FMG's organizational performance team is eager to share tips on how you can make your performance review a chance to build on your career, not just on your anxiety. Preparing for a performance review can be a daunting and intimidating task, but it doesn't have to be. Some of that stress engendered by an annual review can be alleviated if you keep a few simple things in mind and do a little preparation. Performance Review Comic
  • Keep an open dialogue with your supervisor. One of the things that make performance appraisals nerve-wracking is the fear of hearing something... more
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Is College Really Worth It?

career development / featured / in the news / blog
This past Tuesday, David Leonhardt of The New York Times addressed a common question confronting many American households, “Is College Worth It?” His conclusion, “Yes, college is worth it, and it’s not even close.” In his report, he cites new analysis from the Economic Policy Institute in Washington that reports that Americans with four-year college degrees made 98 percent more an hour on average in 2013 than people without a degree and that this disparity far outweighs the increasingly high costs of college. But, as Ben Casselman of FiveThirtyEight.com puts it “just because people who graduate from college are better off, doesn’t necessarily mean that going to college is a... more
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Importance of Career Development In Organizational Success

career development / blog
In celebration of National Career Development Association’s National Career Development Day, we wanted to mark the occasion with a blog post dedicated to the importance of career development and remind organizations to invest in more structured career development platforms for their employees. Hi Megan to a study conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2012), individuals hold an average of 11.3 jobs between the ages of 18 and 46 years old. While this may be surprising to older generations where it was common for someone to begin and end a career at the same company, many employees see job-hopping as the best opportunity for growth and material gain. Particularly in an environment where the economy has been blamed... more
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