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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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Thriving in Times of Tremendous Company Growth - Focus on Teamwork

organizational performance / organizational health / fmg culture / featured / blog

Fors Marsh Group just made the Inc 5000 list for the third year in a row. We are surrounded by a number of other companies throughout the country experiencing tremendous growth - especially in regard to the number of employees they are hiring. So far in 2015, FMG has seen a huge surge in growth - with over 32 new hires since January 1, and another 10 expected before 2016. While extremely exciting, companies facing this much growth should realize that now is the time to put a strong emphasis on teamwork, a topic we all know something about, but many of us might not practice effectively. Growth Teamwork Fors Marsh Group In the past... more

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Kids These Days - Considering Workforce Trends in the Design of Recruiting Strategies

featured / organizational performance / generational research / military research / recruiting
Organizations' future success is facilitated by their ability to generate interest in joining among potential organizational members. As current members retire, turnover, and change positions within the organization, they create vacancies that must be filled with new talent. Social influence, qualification factors, and historic events impact organizational recruitment. Prior research has shown that youth career choices, such as entering military service , are influenced by what they think their friends and family will think; the environment (e.g., unemployment, tuition costs); and whether they can qualify for service. When applicant pools are small or lack qualifications, recruiting becomes a focus. In contrast, selection processes are emphasized when applicant pools are more robust. Although often it seems to be feast or famine and some specialized field regularly... 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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