Lessons in Leadership: 4 Tips to Motivate and Engage Employees

July 25, 2019 | Tanny Joyce, M.S. & Dale Harris, Ph.D.

Are your employees excited to come to work? Are they passionate about their jobs? Are they willing to go above and beyond to achieve outstanding results? If not, you may be facing an employee engagement gap, with team members who don’t feel motivated or connected to the organization or their jobs.

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Are You Rating People Unfairly? The Role of Rater Bias in Evaluations

August 31, 2018 | Jahnina Moss and Tiffany Campbell, PhD

Measuring employee performance can be challenging, even when every effort has been made to develop the very best employee appraisal program for your particular organization. The truth is, we are all affected by a wide variety of rater biases that impact how we select our ratings during an evaluation. These biases might unfairly skew employee scores exceptionally high or remarkably low. Failing to take rater biases into account is a mistake many managers make, and this can result in not being able to obtain a true estimate of an employee’s performance.

It is worth spending some time learning about common biases and rating errors because they often happen unconsciously. Understanding these biases can prevent decision making errors, which strengthens your ability to use performance appraisals to their fullest potential. Read on to find out the most common types of rater biases and suggestions on how to reduce the likelihood of their occurrence.

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How to Overcome Performance Appraisal Problems

July 20, 2018 | Jahnina Moss and Tiffany Campbell, PhD

Do you or your employees often get upset after performance appraisals? Have you received any complaints about your performance appraisal ratings? Do your employees think rewards or promotions are given out in an unfair and unjust manner? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then it may be a sign that your performance appraisal system needs a serious makeover. Your first knee-jerk reaction might be to jump on the bandwagon and scrap your performance appraisals all together. However, without extensive preparation, training, and a strategy for replacement, eliminating your formal appraisal system may do more harm than good.

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Are You Leading Your Employees Down the Right Path?

March 29, 2018 | Tiffany C. Campbell, M.S.

Employees tend to be more engaged when they believe that their employer is concerned about their growth and provides them with a path to reach their career goals. Organizations who don’t focus on developing clear career paths are at risk of losing their top talent because employees who feel that they don’t have opportunities to progress in their careers are more likely to leave. According to a recent article put out by Human Resources Today, even as short as ten months of perceived stagnation significantly increases the likelihood of resignation.

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Is Your Employee Development Program a Waste of Money? 5 Signs That It Might Be

February 9, 2018 | Tiffany C. Campbell, M.S.

Organizations understand the importance of attracting and retaining highly skilled and talented employees. Companies are recognizing that in order to be a desirable place to work, they need to provide opportunities for growth and development for their employees. Organizations are spending large amounts of money creating and implementing employee development programs. However, the important question becomes: is that money being wasted? Read on to learn more about the most prevalent blunders organizations make when designing programs, and some of our remedies for these common mistakes.  

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Are You Hiring the Wrong Fit?

September 10, 2017 | Tiffany C. Campbell, M.S.

As unemployment continues to dip throughout the country, organizations are making difficult choices to fill job openings. No matter what the employment climate is like, it can be very tempting to just hire the best candidate that is in front of you. Rushing into making a bad hiring decision, however, can cost an organization in a number of ways. First, there is the financial cost of hiring the wrong fit, which can run into the thousands or even millions of dollars. Second, is the potential negative impact to the organization’s morale and productivity. Trying to correct the mistake of hiring the wrong person can lead the rest of the team to become dissatisfied or disengaged. Any organization can fall victim to selection and interviewing mistakes. Read on to find out some of our proven tricks to circumvent these common blunders:

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Why Competency Models Fail

July 27, 2017 | Tiffany C. Campbell, M.S.

Countless organizations use competency models to outline the key knowledge, skills, abilities, and aptitudes (KSAAs) they want to see in their individual contributors, managers, and executives. Competency models provide a structured framework for defining and developing those KSAAs that have the biggest impact on an organization’s performance. When used effectively, they become a roadmap to improved organizational effectiveness. When used ineffectively, they can lead to a lot of wasted time, energy, and expense.

Over the years, we have found that there are 7 common traps that organizations fall prey to when developing and implementing a competency model in their organization.

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Best Day at Work

November 28, 2016 | Dale Harris, Ph.D. and Jahnina Moss

 

At Apex we decided to look at how one’s Best Day at work changes over time.  Everyone’s needs are slightly different, but we were interested in how age and life-cycle accounted for the differences.  So we have decided to share two stories: one from a 24 year old, freshly graduated intern and one from a 46 year old grizzled vet.  Please take a look and let us know your thoughts on the topic.


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Stop It! The Unicorn Does Not Exist! An Open Letter to Managers

November 3, 2016 | Dale Harris, Ph.D. and Tanny Joyce, M.S.

Dear Managers,

Why do you spend so much time reading resumes and so little time investing in your people?  Be honest, almost all of you know that is true. When I work with Leaders/Managers, I always ask “raise your hand if you spend more than 50% of your time ‘managing’ and ‘developing’ verses doing your own job.  Maybe 1 in 50 raise their hands.  When I ask “how much time do you spend,” the answers average out to less than 20% of the time.

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Team Coaching Works!

October 4, 2016 | Dale Harris, Ph.D. and Tanny Joyce, M.S.

Team Coaching is one of the coolest new things to hit the field of OD in a while. It is something that Apex is increasingly being asked to do by our clients and something we are really passionate about creating and implementing with our partners.  There are different approaches and some call it Group Coaching (see www.Badergroup.com), but however it is implemented…Team Coaching Works!

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