Singing Those Performance Review Blues

joyce and trollI know I whined about this last year, but somehow the annual performance review process never loses its sting.  Like the troll here I met at Weta Cave, the deadlines loom threateningly until the last few hours remain and the clock is ticking down to complete the reviews or end up on the non-compliance list.   Our HR leadership has embarked on a multi-phased effort to make this process more meaningful and effective, and I applaud that effort.  We are asked to assess both the “what” (measurable objectives) and the “how” (behavioral competencies) of each of our employees.  We’ve rolled out training across the company to all people managers to establish norms around management practices, including performance management.

That we value our employees and take their development seriously is a strength for Kronos.  We’ve been cited as a “best place to work” in Massachusetts (where we are headquartered) for several years, and are very proud of that.  Our employee engagement scores are up there with best-in-class organizations around the world.  We do a lot of things right as a company when it comes to engaging our employees.  This video about working at Kronos is an accurate assessment of what it’s like to work here.  Does everybody come skipping into work every day?  Of course not.  But as a 35-year corporate veteran, with the last 7 years at Kronos, I can attest that this is a special place to work.

Which is why I take my responsibilities as a people manager very seriously. I do deliver feedback in real time on a consistent basis, but also appreciate the value of a deeper conversation about performance and development.   So, I’ll woman-up and get those performance reviews submitted into the system today by the deadline.

And I’ll continue to look for opportunities to develop and thank my folks every day.  Starting with today.  Congratulations, Lauren, on this great feedback on the case study you produced!

We’re reading this week:

The Top 10 Workplace Trends Of 2013 http://ow.ly/q3ANY via @Forbes

3 New Battles in the Fight Over the Flexible Workplace http://ow.ly/q5W0n via @TLNT_com

Reaping the Rewards of Giving http://ow.ly/q5Upx via @HRExecMag

The Benefits of Big Data in Helping Create a Competitive Advantage http://ow.ly/q8dud via @TLNT_com

5 Ways to Help Fix the Employee Engagement Blues http://ow.ly/q8dC9 via @TLNT_com

Kronites are talking about:

New Time Well Spent #Cartoon: http://ow.ly/q0YhO #scheduling #footballseason #endzonedance

Among the clouds http://ow.ly/q3Adp via @SmarterCafe

RT @SmarterCafe: Anand Eswaran on companies moving from “services” to a “service.” http://ow.ly/25Pdik #TSW13 #SAP

Fact or Fiction? http://ow.ly/q881q via @SmarterCafe

Social Wars at #TSW13? http://ow.ly/qaxqw via @SmarterCafe #socialmedia

Still availability in in hands-on training at Kronos TechKnowledgy Pre-Conference Training at #KW2013 http://ow.ly/q14pc

Don’t miss @cryswashington at #KW2013! Learn more about Twitter and the activities happening at the event: http://ow.ly/q15Xl

Genesco Chooses #Kronos to Bring Hiring to a New Level http://ow.ly/q3uQC

Reasons to use social at #KW2013: Collaborate w/ peers, find & share info, learn about innovations from Kronos! http://ow.ly/q3CRi

We have an action packed #KW2013 planned w/ keynote speaker @jeremygutsche, valuable sessions, @cryswashington & more! http://ow.ly/q8d9M

Like case studies 4 #contentmarketing? Analysis of company doin’ ’em right @KronosInc RT w/ thoughts http://ow.ly/q8fgF

Workforce Ready Suite – Kronos’ #SMB Growth Engine http://bit.ly/18gHmon #hcm #cloud @KronosInc #KronosWorks13

Congratulations @KronosInc team on your Markie award! #EE13 http://pic.twitter.com/uHxX5NKSjO

Playing Hooky – Friday Distraction http://ow.ly/qavGl via @hrbartender

 

 

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