When organizations first began the process of performance evaluations or appraisals, the feedback typically flows from the top-down and ends there. Supervisors provide feedback to their direct reports, often times individual contributors. This leaves a lot to be desired, not only is the expectation that the supervisor has a thorough grasp on the work that the subordinate does (and remembers it), but the supervisor is also left unchecked for how the working relationship is going from the viewpoint of the subordinate. The aforementioned type of feedback is typically referred to as “downward feedback” because the conversation stems from the top and flows downward.
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360-Degree Feedback: The Full Circle
What is Talent Management?
Talent Management, as defined by Wikipedia, is “the anticipation of required human capital for an organization and the planning to meet those needs.” That sounds a lot like what Human Resources does in an organization. But understanding the nuances between these two functions is imperative to better understanding your employees and meeting their needs on the job.
What is Rater Bias?
Businesses create processes and standards by which their employees are measured against to ensure that employees understand their role and job function, are competent in that role, and ultimately are an asset to the organization. This process is typically referred to as performance management. The idea of performance management and a review process is theoretically a good one. The best way to measure an employee’s performance is by asking their managers, peers, and subordinates how exactly the employee is performing in their job, what they can improve upon, and what they have mastered. Performance reviews can sometimes go as far as to determine when someone is up for a promotion or a raise - although tying reviews with compensation can be tricky (more on that in another blog).
Designing a Performance Evaluation for the First Time
Performance Evaluations can be tough to create, especially for the first time. If building off of a process that’s already in place, it’s easy to identify holes and areas of improvement to continue working towards a performance evaluation process that works for your organization’s culture and goals. However, building one from scratch can be significantly harder. Other than the obvious suggestion to remember that this process is iterative and can continue to be improved upon, the closer that you can get to an end result the first time around will help to ensure consistency over the years when evaluating an employee that has been around for that whole time.
Performance Management in 140 Characters or Less
In today’s Twitter-world, we don’t have time to read lengthy articles about processes that we should already know about. Unfamiliar with Performance Management? Here are three bite-sized definitions to help you get a little insight into performance management.
Want to get an APWA Accreditation? VAIRKKO Can Help!
According to the American Public Works Association (APWA), the purpose of the accreditation program is to provide a means of formally verifying and recognizing public works agencies for compliance with the recommended practices set forth in the Public Management Practices Manual. While it is requires self-motivated involvement, and is voluntary there are many benefits to being an APWA accredited public works program.
VAIRKKO Named a Best Cloud Solution Provider 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Raleigh, NC; 07/12/2017: xplorexIT has named VAIRKKO a Best Cloud Solution Provider for 2017. Cloud technology holds its significance in almost every field of innovation. It maybe your applications, servers or a database. You can take advantage of a wide portfolio of computer, storage and network products, then cost effectively scale on-demand as your business grows — often while delivering faster time to market than previously achievable. With that said, finding a Cloud Solution Provider you can trust can be difficult and even a daunting task. xplorexIT has reviewed thousands of companies offering nearly every type of cloud based software to find the elite amongst the crowd.
VAIRKKO Shortlisted for 2016-17 Cloud Awards Program
For Immediate Release: Raleigh NC – 10 January 2017 – VAIRKKO is a finalist in the 2016-2017 Cloud Awards Program.
Now entering its seventh year, the cloud computing awards program celebrates excellence and innovation in the rapid-growth cloud computing market. Accepting entries from across the globe, entrants come from the US, Canada, Australasia and EMEA. Entries are accepted from organizations of any size and include start-ups and government bodies.
In Recognition Of National Home Care & Hospice Month VAIRKKO will extend a 10% discount to Home Care, Home Health and Hospice Agencies.
November is National Home Care & Hospice Month. According to the National Association of Home Care & Hospice there are over 33,000 home care and hospice agencies who employ over 2 million nurses, therapists and aides. These skilled and compassionate professionals provide vital care to over 12 million patients. In recognition of National Home Care & Hospice Month VAIRKKO will be extending a 10% discount to any home care, home health, or hospice provider that signs up between now and the end of the year.
Communication And Accountability - Two Keys To Success
Running a business can pose several challenges. Scheduling employees, keeping labor costs within budget, managing inventory, assets and company vehicles, training employees and maintaining employee files can all add up to one giant headache. Oftentimes many of these headaches can be cured by improving communication and accountability. The right technology can play a key roll in helping you better manage your organization and lead your team.