2015: Evolution of Performance Management and Reviews

Check out the most-read organizational and employee development articles from the past year

By SHRM Online staff Jan 4, 2016

The changing face of performance management was a hot topic that resonated with readers in 2015 and will continue to draw interest—and coverage from SHRM Online—in 2016. Succession planning, the value of a graduate degree, cultural competency training and a new feature, the weekly “Your Career Q&A” column, also were among the most-viewed articles about organizational and employee development in 2015.

Be sure to watch for more guidance in managing your HR career in 2016 from our columnist, coach and HR veteran Martin Yate. And now, for the top six:

Does HR Hold the Key to Reshaping Performance Management?
Deloitte created a buzz among employers when the global consulting group unveiled its new performance management system that does away with cumbersome numerical rating systems, 360-degree feedback reviews and “cascading objectives” that attempt to tie employee goals to overall organizational strategies. The interest in Deloitte’s system points to a larger trend, as more and more employers look for ways to reinvent performance evaluations and reshape the process for the 21st century.

Create a Succession Plan That Works
Delaying succession planning—especially for family businesses, where leadership decisions are based on emotion as well as strategy and capability—can have fatal consequences for a company.

Statistics from the U.S. Small Business Administration show that two-thirds of family-owned businesses will not survive a leadership change. Since most small businesses in the United States are initially launched and run by families, the high failure rate has a tremendous impact on the country’s business and job growth—not to mention the effect it could have on the thousands of people these businesses already employ.

Your Career Q&A: New Rules for Resumes
Technology has increased the complexity of all jobs, which means more space is needed to explain experience and contributions, even when a resume is properly focused. It isn’t the length of a resume that can be so frustrating for HR, it’s the writer’s lack of focus. When a resume is packed with information relevant to the job’s deliverables, the content becomes absorbing.

What Does the Future Hold for Graduate Degrees?
As the economy continues to improve and the job market strengthens, graduate programs are shifting their focus to the job skills and knowledge that employers want and need.

Growing interest in the science, technology, engineering and math fields has led some schools to begin offering professional science master’s degrees, or PSMs. This kind of degree allows students to pursue advanced training in a science or mathematical field while developing workplace skills that are highly valued by employers.

Your Career Q&A: Interviewing for Introverts
No one likes job interviews, but what can be particularly scary is a failure to win over interviewers; that can stall a whole career. When an individual answers questions thoughtfully and tags on queries that show real engagement with the job, he or she turns a one-sided examination of skills into a two-way conversation between professionals discussing a common interest.

Cultural Competency Training: How to Do It Well
More companies than ever are providing cultural competency training to their employees, but many are still struggling to figure out how to do it well. Most organizations need to adopt a different mindset. Additionally, many expatriates report feeling frustrated that their ideas and cultural expertise are not being sought.


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