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My Story – Becoming A People Manager

My Story – Becoming A People Manager

Why should you care about the information I share with you? Why should you even think about working with me or my company? Well the simple answer is – because I’ve been there. I know that it’s not as easy as it looks to be a great People Manager. So I’m going to share my story. You’re not alone. You can learn from my mistakes so that you don’t waste time re-inventing wheels that other people including myself have already invented.

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Why Recruitment Is Like A Funnel

Why Recruitment Is Like A Funnel

I’m a great believer in thinking of the recruitment and selection process as a funnel. Let me explain why. In an ideal recruitment situation, you advertise a position and you get a large number of candidates who apply. At the end of the process you have a single great new hire who is a great fit for your company. They have the relevant skills and experience to do the job, or aptitude to learn to do the job. Fundamentally you have a process that needs to narrow down a large number of people to a single person. At its crudest,

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Why Set Goals For Your Employees?

Why Set Goals For Your Employees?

Now is the time of year when many of us set goals. As a business owner, hopefully you have goals set for your business. Goals that align with your business plan and your longer term strategy. Do you also have goals in place for your team? Why should you do that? Is it really necessary? Isn’t it just one more thing to do? My answer to you is a couple of questions. Are you paying your team to do a job that will help your company be successful? Are your team doing their jobs to at least the minimum requirements that will help make your company successful?

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Tie Team Goals To Your Business Goals

Tie Team Goals To Your Business Goals

Hopefully you have business goals, and you’ve written them down rather than carrying them round in your head. If they’re SMART goals that’s even better. When you write performance-related goals for your team, are they tied to your business goals?

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Business Decision – How To Decide Objectively

Business Decision – How To Decide Objectively

Have you had to make a critical business decision but not known how best to evaluate your options? This article shares a framework that will help you make such decisions more objectively. We’ll look at a specific example to help you see how it works, but you can apply it to any situation.

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The Final Review – A Case Study

The final review at the end of the year can be a productive meeting or a battle of egos. It’s a great opportunity for feedback and to discuss changes that could be made that will benefit everyone. If we don’t learn from our mistakes it won’t end well (my tenuous link to the photo!).

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The Benefit Of A Specific Evaluation – A Case Study

The Benefit Of A Specific Evaluation - A Case Study

How do you make an evaluation helpful to an employee? One way is to make sure it’s specific. A specific evaluation can help an employee see what they did well so they can repeat it. It also helps them see what they didn’t do well enough so they can take action to improve. Here I share a case study that demonstrates how small changes to how an evaluation is written can make it more helpful. The employee can then pro-actively take action.

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Giving Feedback – Review Of 2 Articles

Giving Feedback  - Review Of 2 Articles

Giving feedback to your employees is vital. More vital is how and when you do it. Employees expect feedback to be given during an end-or-year/project performance review. But don’t forget, give good feedback throughout the year to make the end of year review easier.

This post looks at 2 articles about giving feedback and preparing for reviews. First I’ll summarize the linked articles, and then I’ll share some thoughts about what these authors are saying.

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Leaving the Company – Review Of 2 Articles

Leaving the Company  - Review Of 2 Articles

Getting information from employees who are leaving your company is a crucial step that many companies skip. If you do decide to do it, what are the most important things you can do? What are the best questions to ask?

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Unearth Trends With Exit Interviews

Unearth Trends With Exit Interviews

Over time exit interviews can unearth trends that might otherwise go unnoticed. Small businesses often think exit interviews are not relevant to them. They tell me that “they have few staff and the number of people leaving is minimal even if turnover is high”. Some people think exit interviews are like shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted, it’s all too late.

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