Performance Management

Do we still need performance reviews?

performance reviews

The performance review’s demise has been the topic of much debate over recent months. An increasing number of organisations are shifting away from annual appraisals in favour of on-going, just-in-time feedback. Recent PwC research shows one in 20 organisations are planning to abandon formal performance evaluations altogether. A recent article in the Harvard Business Review, […]

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Take a new approach to HR this autumn

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The pencils are sharpened, the bags are packed and there’s a definite sense of new beginnings in the air. September is traditionally the time for fresh starts. People return from their holidays relaxed and refreshed and set about their work challenges with (hopefully) renewed vigour. For HR professionals, it’s a great time to take a […]

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Getting HR right for right now

HR agenda talent

What are the right things for HR to be doing right now? This is the question posed in a recent article by leadership consultancy Egon Zehnder, who asked some of the world’s most admired companies what was top of their HR agenda. The piece provides some fascinating insights into how organisations such as Nestle, Goldman […]

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Getting performance management off to a good start

Performance Management

According to press reports, British Airways has found itself in hot water this week, with the introduction of a new performance management system sparking threats of industrial action from staff. Employees are pushing back against the new process, which reportedly includes customer feedback and a ratings system designed to lead to continuous improvements in performance. […]

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Are performance reviews going the way of the dodo?


If you’ve been reading the HR and business press recently, it’s easy to get the impression that performance reviews are fast becoming extinct  (and any company still using them is living in the dark ages). Much of the cover relates to major US companies that have dropped some of the more draconian approaches to performance […]

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8 tips to re-energise a team that’s lost its mojo

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Your team is the best. Renowned for being a happy, high-performing ship, but lately you’ve noticed your people just don’t seem as motivated as usual. There’s nothing major you can put your finger on, just a feeling that people have become a bit disengaged with their work. The last few team meetings have been a bit flat and […]

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Five steps to an effective Performance Improvement Plan

Dealing with poor performance is probably one of the biggest challenges you will face as a manager. When there’s a host of other urgent tasks competing for your attention, it’s tempting to brush the problem under the carpet and hope it will go away. There are consequences, however, when walking away from those difficult conversations […]

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What are you doing about discipline and grievance?

According to Acas, one in three of the calls to their helpline last year were related to discipline and grievance: a clear indication that this continues to be a contentious – and confusing – area for both employees and employers. And, while the introduction of employment tribunal fees have resulted in far fewer cases, preparing […]

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