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By: bhobart
October 16, 2013
In my last blog post, I wrote about the annual appraisal, which is really an early to mid 20th century tool that many businesses continue to use even though we're well into the 21st century. The annual appraisal is flawed in so many ways that it's become useless, antiquated and disingenuous. Employees use what I call the “Santa Claus” theory to make themselves appear more productive by putting in a great effort in the weeks leading up to their performance appraisals. On...
By: bhobart
October 15, 2013
  The annual appraisal is a staple of corporate life, and it's the sole means of doling out feedback on employee performance for many businesses. Unfortunately, annual appraisals are rarely done on a yearly basis at most companies – they simply aren't a priority for most business leaders. What's more, these appraisals usually only take the last two to three months into account. Managers just don't have the time or interest to keep tabs on an employee for an entire...
By: intelmarx
October 14, 2013
By: bhobart
October 10, 2013
In my most recent blog post, I addressed the definition of soft skills and explained why they are so important in the modern business landscape. To recap, soft skills are essentially the interpersonal talents that people use on the job to communicate, interact and empathize with others. Unlike the so-called hard skills that refer to a person's ability to perform his or her job requirements, these skills are not taught or nurtured very easily. They are also quite difficult to describe,...
By: bhobart
October 7, 2013
When you think about the corporate work environment, employees need to be able to do a number of things. Of course, they need to be able to perform their job duties adequately, and they should be able to provide benefits to the organization through their normal, daily duties. However, the skills required to simply do one's job only tell a portion of the story. Soft skills are just as important in the workplace as the more concrete skills associated with performing one's job properly,...

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