This week, we dive into the drawbacks of anonymous surveys, learn how to customize employee development, explore keeping employee goals aligned in ever-shifting industries, and cover which HR tools to use when.

This week’s growth quote:

“Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.”

– Pearl S. Buck

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Three Reasons to Unmask Your Anonymous Surveys

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However tempting, anonymous surveys aren’t the answer to measuring workplace sentiment. They reveal averages, whereas individuals – especially your brightest talent – cannot be standardized. Anonymous surveys also remove the opportunity to work through individual differences, and encourage an environment where responsibility and blame can’t be placed.

How to Drive OKR Dialogue Between Employees and Managers

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In dynamic markets, company targets shift as fast as consumer tastes. It’s up to managers to adapt employee goals to meet new challenges with regular performance reviews and feedback. We’ve put together a step-by-step guide on how to have those conversations, from the questions themselves to how often you should talk.

Why a One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Employee Development Doesn’t Work

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Millennials place a strong value on learning and development, but managers may find it hard to offer specific advice. Sydney Finkelstein, author of “The Superboss Playbook,” shares techniques for creating personalized learning opportunities by regularly keeping track of employee feedback, motivations and goals, and noting successful and unsuccessful attempts at coaching.

The Must-Have Features in a Talent Management Solution

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It’s possible to feel inundated by all the apps and tools that promise HR nirvana. But if you want to use technology the right way, you need to know which parts of the HR process can be alleviated by technology. Writer Elizabeth Quirk suggests that rewards management, employee lifecycle management, and talent acquisition are especially ripe for technological interventions.

Ready to turbocharge your organization’s performance? Read the Ultimate Guide to OKRs featuring New York Times bestselling author John Doerr.

If you missed the last recap, read it here: Effective Upskilling, Public Displays of Gratitude, and Our HR Advice Bonanza