How do we make our managers better at having difficult conversations with our employees? Sometimes it seems easier for them to gloss over tough topics rather than engage employees in discussion and uncover problem area. How do we convince them to probe below the surface without interrogating employees? We'd prefer to avoid mandating it as part of a manager's performance reviews.
—Touchy Subject, executive assistant, health care, Sydney, Australia
Which elements are most critical to an effective performance appraisal?
—Performance Boost or Bust, services, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Given the high unemployment rate, how high a priority is retention for organizations these days?
—Thankful to Be Working, recruitment executive, telecommunications, California
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