10 Crucial Skills for Supervisors to Hone

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The 10 Crucial Skills for Supervisors to Have

Editor's note: This article was originally published in February 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Supervising and managing a group of employees who all have different personalities, skill sets and who may or may not interact well with each other is no easy task. New supervisors are no longer solely responsible for their own results and performance. Instead, they must now facilitate results and success through their employees. One of a supervisor’s main roles is to establish goals and lead a team of people to achieve them.

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Are Managers Motivated to Give Accurate Performance Ratings?

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Are Managers Motivated to Give Accurate Performance Ratings?

Research has highlighted three key non-performance factors that can distort the performance ratings managers give to their employees.1 While rating subordinates, managers consider the negative consequences that can occur when providing accurate ratings, the organizational norms surrounding how they are supposed to rate, and the potential of fulfilling self-interests. These three factors add to the complexity of how managers are motivated to rate, and they lend support to the idea that managers are not always motivated to rate their subordinates accurately.
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3 HR Processes You Need to Revamp in 2018

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3 HR Processes You Need to Revamp in 2018

Often HR processes become stagnant and untouched due to the “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” mindset. Sometimes that works out perfectly fine, and well, sometimes it doesn’t. Dust off the old untouched processes and implement something new and refreshing. Your new hires and current employees will appreciate it.
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7 Considerations When Developing Your Training Budget

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7 Considerations When Developing Your Training Budget

Developing a budget for training or professional development for your employees can be a daunting task for many HR professionals. The average direct learning expenditure per employee is $1,273 according to the Association for Talent Development’s (ATD) 2017 State of the Industry report. This report also found that the average amount of formal learning hours per employee is 34.1, not including informal learning such as on-the-job learning. Both of these figures are increases from previous years which reveals organizations are putting more effort and money into developing their workforce. Being clear about specific training needs and associated costs is critical for budget planning purposes. However, there are so many unknowns that occur during the year that trigger the need for a specific training that could throw off an entire budget.
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Back to Basics: Performance Management

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Back to Basics: Performance Management

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) defines performance management as “the systematic process by which an agency involves its employees, as individuals and members of a group, in improving organization effectiveness in the accomplishment of agency mission and goals.” In short, performance management is simply the way an organization defines, monitors, and rewards the performance of employees and their contributions to the organization.
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Terminating for Undocumented Poor Performance: What Are Your Options?

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Terminating for Undocumented Poor Performance: What Are Your Options?

There are many situations in which an employer would like an employee to be relieved of their duties but the situations do not necessarily present a well-documented, policy-violated, fireable offense. These situations, if acted upon incorrectly, could make the organization vulnerable to a lawsuit. This is probably a situation that many HR professionals would like to avoid at any and all costs.
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Performance Improvement Plan Checklist

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Performance Improvement Plan Checklist

The idea of a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) can be a daunting one for both the employee being put on the plan as well as for the individual (in the majority of cases, the immediate supervisor) being asked to design and implement the plan. Often used as the last step in a progressive disciplinary process, for the employee, a PIP can feel like it’s just a long winded way to get rid of them.
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