Performance reviews have a logical appeal. And isn’t grinding an employee's yearlong efforts into ratings a necessary "objective" basis for raises? To the contrary, this staple of company life may be hopelessly flawed.
Many are thrust into their first management position with great fanfare, but without any idea of how to be effective. From family businesses to major corporations, there's an epidemic of manager's who, instead of enhancing results, leave their team members miserable and disengaged.
Effectiveness starts with an awareness of the most common and damaging problems.
As technology blazes forward, so too does the quality of the interactions available to those who choose to meet virtually. Yet, the perception that in-person meetings are superior somehow remains.
In the HBR blog post, How to Conduct a Virtual Meeting, the author begins with the assertion: "Virtual meetings are the suboptimal reality of most information workers' lives." While there's no doubt they're increasingly commonplace, are they necessarily "suboptimal"?