This week, we take a look at how Fortune 500 companies are replacing annual reviews, demonstrate the power of continuous performance management, learn how HR teams can appeal to Gen Z, and explore tips for amplifying your internal influence.

This week’s growth quote:

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

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Three Performance Management Strategies that Dramatically Reduce Attrition


When it comes to performance programs, too often the old mindset of year end reviews prevails. Employees perceive them as punitive and managers use them when team-members are failing. Continuous Performance Management has proven to be an effective antidote to these issues, but if you want the process to stick managers and employees have to be on board. Diane Strohfus, Betterworks’ CHRO, shares three strategies for winning hearts and minds and forever change how your organization motivates its workforce.  

Managers, It’s Time to Give Up On the Annual Review Once and For All

Fast Company

If you’re ready to rid your company of annual reviews but aren’t sure how to replace them, workplace strategist Lindsey Pollack has alternatives. Learn about Adobe’s preference for one-on-one check-ins, IBM’s use of apps to give employees ongoing feedback, and PwC’s feedback on-demand system.

How to Improve Leaders’ Communication Skills


It’s one thing to have a good idea, it’s another to rally people behind it. The key is communication. Four communication experts share simple, straightforward techniques that will enhance your ability to lead, inspire, and motivate. Learn how knowing your audience and giving them context can help you promote your ideas.

Attracting Gen Z Will Be Like Recruiting Millennials, Only Different


Hiring Gen Z is the next recruitment frontier. As those born after 1996 stream into the workforce, recruiters are having to adjust yet again. Learn about the do’s and don’ts of communicating with this demographic by understanding how they make decisions. (Hint: think community, diversity, and authentic interaction.)

If you missed the last recap, read it here: Man vs. Machine, the 15-Minute Miracle, and Hasta La Vista, Bias

Additional Resources: OKRs (Objectives and Key Results), Align Your Workforce, Continuous Performance Management

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