Developing a PIP that will make employees comeback heroes—Tom Brady style

February 07, 2017 0 COMMENTS

I’m sure you all watched or heard about the Super Bowl on Sunday night: Despite the fact that his team was trailing by 25 points, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady led New England on the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. Brady’s season began with a four-game suspension for his involvement in the “deflategate” scandal and ended as Super Bowl MVP. It’s a comeback within a comeback. Despite not knowing much about sports, as a New Englander, I would be remiss if I let this opportunity pass without drawing some sort of analogy to HR. Because my law firm is based in Atlanta, I admit, I’m cowering just a little.  Patriots' parade in Boston for winning Super Bowl XLIX

As HR professionals, we are often called upon to assist managers in addressing concerns with employees who appear to be falling behind company expectations. How can we encourage employee “comebacks” and assist supervisors by providing effective tools to help employees to do so?

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3 tips for appropriate performance appraisals

January 05, 2016 0 COMMENTS

Each new year brings new resolutions. You might not be surprised to learn a 2015 Nielsen survey showed getting in shape was the most common new year’s resolution for last year. This year is likely to bring more of the same. I know in my own household, Santa brought my wife and me matching Fitbits for Christmas. (St. Nick thought we’d prefer the Charge HR model over the original step counters or the souped-up Surge.) Apparently, we weren’t the only ones getting into the Fitbit craze this holiday season. performance rating and appraisal form

I am happy to report my first foray into “wearable” tech has been pretty successful. I now have documented proof of my sedentary, slothful lifestyle instead of just a strong assumption. The Fitbit gives me feedback on all sorts of things related to my personal fitness. In addition to counting my daily steps, the device allows me to measure walks/runs, monitor my heart rate, track sleep, and estimate calories burned and the number of floors I have climbed. With the app, I can also track my calorie intake (although that requires both effort and a complete lack of shame) and both set and manage fitness goals such as exercise, weight loss, and sleep. Maybe—just maybe—the Fitbit will guilt me into changing that in the new year.

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“It’s not me, it’s you!” Seinfeld lessons on candid employee evaluations

July 27, 2015 0 COMMENTS

I confess, I’m a Seinfeld junkie. I’ve watched every episode multiple times and literally love every single oneeven the finale (I know, I know, I’m in the vast minority, but I’m committed, you could at least give me that). To this day, I watch Seinfeld’s re-runs over and over again, which I’m sure makes me cute in a geeky, boy-next-door kind of way, at least that’s what I tell myself. My wife just rolls her eyes and continues Facebooking, Tweeting, Instagramming, Pinteresting, Ashley Madisoning (actual users note recent security breach and structure assets accordingly), or whatever other social networking it is she does during my near daily half hour of “Ed time.” But irrespective of Seinfeld’s purported outdated-ness (likely not a word, but you’re smart, you understand), the fashions, Jerry’s updating (dating someone much hotter than you), or the fact that it is primarily intended for comedic purposes, employers can glean valuable lessons from Seinfeld if they watch closely.  Performance Evaluation

In Seinfeld episode number 140 (“The Fatigues”), Elaine, serving as interim company president while her boss is in Burma, is all set to can an employee for poor performance. Prior to meeting the employee, Elaine seems almost giddy to figuratively drop the guillotine on the unsuspecting employee. But once Elaine confronts the employee in person, Elaine can’t bring herself to do the deed, likely due to the fact that the employee is wearing fatigues, looks deranged, and has a spooky, guttural voice. Rather than deliver the news, Elaine promotes the employee from a mailroom position to a copywriter position.

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