Why we show employees we don’t care about them

I recently discussed at a local HR chapter meeting what the meaning of employee engagement meant.

The were as many different answers as there were people in the room!

Do we in the HR world make up words that turn business people off?  I suspect we do.

Gallup estimates in their latest stats that we in the USA have begun to see some of the lowest employee engagement figures in perhaps of all time! (My interpretation)

And we wonder why!  It is pretty obvious and it is not all about the economics of the country.

Forget all those stats for a minute and think about how many employees actually has a regular performance review!

Stop laughing please!

The most simple of leadership actions is to listen to our followers, really listen. yet how many mangers of people actually do that?

A performance review is a business meeting with the people who make your organization and YOU a success.

We overcomplicate what is a very simple process. There are only three questions that need to be asked at any review.

  1. What you agreed to do.
  2. What you actually achieved
  3. What you now need to do.

And yet we have complied performance reviews of significant book proportions and expect managers to use them and for HR departments to support the outcomes. Much of the time none of these things happen.

In my blog the 7 sins of Performance reviews and the 7 virtues’ of performance reviews I outlined some key thoughts.

Lets face it if we don’t show employees that we even care to sit down with them to discuss THEM then all else is just “bunting.”

And we wonder why people are not motivated to give of their best when their leaders don’t care about them.  We know that they know we care about the business though! Go Figure!!

http://wp.me/pTp83-2A The 7 virtues of Performance Reviews.

http://wp.me/pTp83-2s The 7 Sins of Performance Reviews



About HRMexplorer

Managing Director - Human Capital Europe and USA - My ability is to recognize ingrained assumptions and patterns of operation that aren’t productive, and offer practical, cost-effective and value-based solutions.

Posted on March 23, 2013, in HRMexplorer Blogs and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Great post Peter and so true. Employee reviews are always neglected or put off and what does that tell them?

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