Monthly Archives: November 2011

Tuition Assistance and Improved Performance

This case study in the December issue of Chief Learning Officer about Verizon Wireless’ tuition assistance program scratches me right where I itch. Verizon Wireless is nailing it, and the case study shows the results that are proving it. I won’t quote the results (you can read the article) but employees who participated in and …

The Problem With Praise

  As a training professional, you’ve probably seen plenty of examples of the positive effects of praise. Who doesn’t get a kick out of an employee or student’s face lighting up when they‘re told they’ve done well on a task or test? But according to the latest neuroscience, praise can have a dark sign if …

Infographic: ‘Tis The Seasonal Worker: A Glimpse At The Temporary Employee Workforce This Holiday Season

Each year businesses prepare for the holiday onslaught by calling in the reserves: seasonal employees. These temporary hired hands help companies get through the busy season without having to keep extra staff year-round. But finding the right employees takes considerable effort and training. We examine the world of seasonal employment: what other companies are doing …

3 Reasons Why Employee Performance Reviews are a Farce

Annual performance reviews should be buried without a eulogy. Goodbye and good riddance. What an alarming waste of management time and brainpower. Here are my three reasons why employee performance reviews are a farce: 1. They are too infrequent to make their content meaningful and actionable. 2. The process requires that all managers share the …