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Organizational behavior can be a complex subject, and the fruits of research on the topic can range from curious phenomenon like the Hawthorne Effect to abolishing stack ranking (or instituting stack ranking). If you're interested in trying to avoid becoming a pointy-haired boss, you can brush up on some HR experiments and check out these links. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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Filed Under: employment, hawthorne effect, human resources, jobs, management, organizational behavior, performance reviews, salary, stack ranking, work
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    John Fenderson (profile), 10 Oct 2014 @ 10:11am

    More frequent check-ins

    Where I work, managers do this sort of checking in with each employee every other week (in addition to quarterly and annual performance reviews). I hate those biweekly meetings, personally. They're a complete waste of everyone's time.

    The annual review is mostly worthless as well. What tends to be worthwhile is the quarterly ones, because they're tied directly to our pocketbooks. It works like this: the company sets aside a pool of bonus money (the size of which is set by how well the business did over the last fiscal year). This pool is divided up amongst the employees and given out as quarterly bonuses, and how big of a share you get is driven by performance.

    The quarterly performance review is where you are told how much your bonus will be, and why. Carrot and stick are applied in one go, and having this happen every three months is frequent enough to make what you learn actionable but not so frequent that it makes the meetings worthless.

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