Ask Achievers: How can we give effective constructive criticism?

ask_achieversIn this week’s Ask Achievers, Jewel Celestine shares best practices for giving constructive criticism. Jewel is the Employee Success Business Partner at Achievers, where she develops and implements strategic HR initiatives pertaining to performance management, talent development, and employee engagement. She has been in human resources for the last ten years serving as a learning and development consultant, HR business partner, and HR strategist.

Dear Ask Achievers,

Our organization has praise down, but we seem to be struggling on the constructive criticism front. Comments often come across as mean-spirited, passive-aggressive, aggressive-aggressive, or not at all. Do you have best practices for delivering effective negative feedback? I want to make sure our staff is learning what it needs to grow without the drama or potential for abuse.

Constructive criticism is an art, and too often a neglected one. Recognizing positive behavior yields great results, but you’re right, it’s critical to correct negative behaviors, too. Here are some best practices I have seen used in effective workplaces: Read more →

Ask Achievers: How do I get started with employee referrals?

This week’s reader question goes to Kate Pope, our Manager of Talent Acquisition. As our resident expert on all things recruitment, she shares her advice for getting the most out of employee referrals.

Dear Achievers,

I really want to encourage employee referrals at my company, but I’m not sure where to start. What’s the first step? Is it going to be a lot of work (and if so, is it really worth the effort)? It seems intuitively like a good idea, but I need metrics to convince my boss. Help!

– Really Excited For Employee Referrals

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Ask Achievers: Development is the key to engagement

How can I utilize training and development to improve employee engagement?

Training and development are important areas to focus on when trying to build an engaged workforce.

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Get more of what you want from Ask Achievers (FKA Ask Amelia)

In past issues of [engage], Achievers’ head of HR addressed reader questions on creating Employee Success™. As we transition this column to Ask Achievers this week, we’d like to ask for your valued opinion on what matters to you most.

We’ve previously covered such topics as:

  • Tips for HR to use LinkedIn better
  • Best practices to keep managers engaged
  • How to integrate employee recognition into more traditional corporate cultures
  • Tips for attracting the best and brightest talent
  • Ways to show that HR is a strategic power player for businesses

We want to hear from you! Take no more than three minutes to answer the survey questions below. With Ask Achievers, we look forward to providing you with insightful content that helps you drive Employee Success every day.