Wednesday, January 25, 2012

How Training Can Help Adoption of New Social Apps At Work

Last month, our company launched a new performance-management system calledRypple, a socially driven performance-appraisal system that helps employees get continuous feedback from their bosses, and keeps track of where they stand. My company has been very excited about its potential to improve employees’ engagement levels and performance. Plus, it’s a fun program.
When we launched the program, we established training plans to help explain what the program was, how it worked, and why we’d chosen it. So far, the response has been positive. And yet we’re still having some trouble getting all our employees to actually use it.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Art of the 30 Minute Meeting

I thought we all agreed that most of the meetings we attend are a waste of time. We discussed it in the halls, we sent IMs and emails to each other, and we snickered while the boss rambled on for 20 minutes about how hard he’d been working on that critical, can’t fail, top-priority, all-hands-on-deck, it-is-what-it-is, drop-everything-else-you’re-doing-to-help-him-impress-the-VP project that no one seems to understand.

I thought for sure we’d all agreed. But yet we keep doing it: scheduling one-hour meetings that could easily be completed in 20 minutes or less.
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Monday, January 9, 2012

Give Your Employees More, and Get More Back

According to author Peter Drucker, a responsible worker is a person who “not only is accountable to specific results, but also has the authority to do whatever is necessary to produce these results, and finally, is committed to these results as a personal achievement.” Many managers get the first part of this equation right. They assign tasks to workers and expect them to achieve predetermined results. But, frequently, that’s all. Often, managers don’t really provide their employees with enough accountability to do great work. 
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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A Review of 2011 and the Future of Workplace Learning

Yogi Berra once said, “Predictions are hard, especially when they are about the future.” So instead of writing a 2012 prediction post, I decided to review the topics I wrote about in 2011 and rediscover what topics really resonated with people.
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