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Manager Feedback Models Don’t Work Anymore

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Workers of the world, we have a communication problem. Some 70% of managers say they are uncomfortable “communicating in general” with staff, according to a recent Gallup survey. Making matters worse, workers are more likely to perceive negative feedback as a psychological threat and try to avoid the person offering criticism, according to research from Harvard. It might just be a matter of breaking the ice: Gallup’s survey reveals that workers want to speak more regularly with managers, which could end up benefiting everyone. A regular interaction may give managers the communication practice they need, and it may show workers that they are valued — a critical ingredient for effective feedback, according to the Harvard researchers.


There’s a new trend growing in corporate America called Performance Management, where companies are having a positive impact in their company’s culture, and the way it’s changing the Manager/Worker relationship for the better.


At many organizations, a mere mention of “poor or less-than-satisfactory performance” and employees become terrified, managers become vilified, and feedback isn’t given for fear of retaliation or received for fear of termination. And the problems don’t stop there. Consider the hours wasted, work interrupted, and happiness tanked, and you’ve got a full-fledged performance management nightmare.


The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way. Many organizations are harnessing performance management as a culture enhancer and valued benefit. By pivoting their approach, they’re increasing employee satisfaction, developing internal leaders, improving work relationships, and saving time. All while managing and improving employee performance more effectively.


Even Better – You can do it too! BamboHR has published many resources on just this subject.  Click here to get a free copy of their eBook: “Making Performance Management a Positive Part of Your Company Culture” (PDF).


BambooHR is the leading provider of tools that empower the strategic evolution of HR in small and medium businesses. Using BambooHR software, HR professionals can automate HR tasks like PTO and perform big-picture activities that improve their workplace (and make themselves vital leaders in their organizations). BambooHR ensures that HR professionals can create great places to work for themselves and their people.

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