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Tesla and "Performance Reviews"

  • By: Marcie Levine
  • Published: 10/17/2017

The titles of articles in the press this weekend included:

Tesla Fires Hundreds of Workers After Their Annual Performance Review* 

Tesla fires hundreds of employees after ‘performance reviews’**

Tesla tells hundreds of its employees they're not good enough to work there***

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Competencies for New Professionals

  • By: Marcie Levine
  • Published: 10/3/2017

My son graduated from university this past May, and just got his first ‘real’ job as an analyst.  He is technically qualified to be an analyst, but as I know from years of OD, assessment and coaching work, technical skills are just one piece of the puzzle on the way to a successful career.  Working on technical skills while concurrently working on how to manage change, focus on being collaborative and honing our communication skills gives us the best chance to be successful in our work life.

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Telecommuting Success

  • By: Marcie Levine; Chelsea Daggett
  • Published: 9/7/2017

Flexible options that support the work/life balance are increasingly being implemented in many organizations to attract and retain high-performing employees.  Workplaces increasingly use agile solutions that offer employees flexibility in aspects of work like adjustable schedules, unlimited paid time off, and the ability to transfer down. In fact, almost one third of employees consider flexibility the most important factor when considering job offers. (1)

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360 Degree Competencies and the Strengths-Based Culture

  • By: Marcie Levine; Chelsea Daggett
  • Published: 8/9/2017

Strengths-based learning requires “knowing your strengths and investing in others’ strengths” to build better teams and develop leadership skills. This approach can lead to significant increases in traditional markers of organizational success like productivity, retention, and customer satisfaction. Focusing on strengths helps businesses and employees alike.  Only 13% of today’s workforce is engaged at work but that number rises dramatically to 67% when managers focus on employees’ strengths.  

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360 Degree Assessments and the Rise of Continuous Feedback

  • By: Marcie Levine; Chelsea Daggett
  • Published: 7/18/2017

The debate about the best way to give employees actionable feedback has grown more interesting as technology develops at an increasingly rapid rate.   We believe that using a continuous feedback application as an adjunct to 360 degree assessments like our ActiveView 360 system is a great way for feedback to become a process, and not just an annual (or semi-annual) event.

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Why Use a 360 Degree Assessment Consultant?

  • By: Marcie Levine; Chelsea Daggett
  • Published: 6/21/2017

After reading many articles on the benefits and weaknesses of 360 degree assessments, I have come to a simple conclusion—that articles often do not differentiate good 360 degree assessments from bad.  Therefore, what can be a great tool for providing (professional, appropriate) feedback and constructive progress can also negatively impact organizational trust and lead to low morale.  What SurveyConnect has found is that by using out-of-house 360 experts (like us), you have a guide to ensure the best results possible from your 360-degree project.   

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360 Feedback Programs in Organizations 2016

  • By: Marcie Levine
  • Published: 9/22/2016

Each year SurveyConnect collects and reports out on data that we hope is useful to our clients and friends. In 2016, as in previous years, we decided to focus our questions on the 360 process – how many employees are asked to participate and why, as well as what happens with the data once it is collected. Continue Reading...

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