I 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 ow.ly/q3ANY via @Forbes
3 New Battles in the Fight Over the Flexible Workplace ow.ly/q5W0n via @TLNT_com
Reaping the Rewards of Giving ow.ly/q5Upx via @HRExecMag
The Benefits of Big Data in Helping Create a Competitive Advantage ow.ly/q8dud via @TLNT_com
5 Ways to Help Fix the Employee Engagement Blues ow.ly/q8dC9 via @TLNT_com
Kronites are talking about:
New Time Well Spent #Cartoon: ow.ly/q0YhO #scheduling #footballseason #endzonedance
Among the clouds ow.ly/q3Adp via @SmarterCafe
RT @SmarterCafe: Anand Eswaran on companies moving from “services” to a “service.” ow.ly/25Pdik #TSW13 #SAP\
Fact or Fiction? ow.ly/q881q via @SmarterCafe
Social Wars at #TSW13? ow.ly/qaxqw via @SmarterCafe #socialmedia
Still availability in in hands-on training at Kronos TechKnowledgy Pre-Conference Training at #KW2013 ow.ly/q14pc
Don’t miss @cryswashington at #KW2013! Learn more about Twitter and the activities happening at the event: ow.ly/q15Xl
Genesco Chooses #Kronos to Bring Hiring to a New Level ow.ly/q3uQC
Reasons to use social at #KW2013: Collaborate w/ peers, find & share info, learn about innovations from Kronos! ow.ly/q3CRi
We have an action packed #KW2013 planned w/ keynote speaker @jeremygutsche, valuable sessions, @cryswashington & more! ow.ly/q8d9M
Like case studies 4 #contentmarketing? Analysis of company doin’ ‘em right @KronosInc RT w/ thoughts ow.ly/q8fgF
Workforce Ready Suite – Kronos’ #SMB Growth Engine bit.ly/18gHmon #hcm #cloud @KronosInc #KronosWorks13
Congratulations @KronosInc team on your Markie award! #EE13 pic.twitter.com/uHxX5NKSjO
Playing Hooky – Friday Distraction ow.ly/qavGl via @hrbartender