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Performance Feedback beyond the Annual Appraisal: Feedback via Technology Linked to Positive Employee Attitudes

  • Source: IBM
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Effective feedback is critical for employees to improve their work performance, which, in turn, drives business growth. Feedback helps to reduce ambiguity and uncertainty about what goals to pursue, to understand what behaviors are required for success, and to know how others view and evaluate one’s performance.

With workplace communication and collaboration technologies becoming ever more commonplace, and timely face-to-face communication becoming less feasible due to ever-growing virtual... Read More

Smarter Compensation Enables a Smarter Workforce: The Connection between Compensation and Career Advancement

  • Source: IBM
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For many organizations, human capital is one of the organization’s largest investments, accounting for up to 70 percent of operating expenses.

Given the value of this asset and the cost of maintaining it, organizations seeking a true return on their investment in people must develop a deep competency in compensation and rewards, not only to help ensure packages that attract, retain and engage key talent, but also to help ensure that budget is optimized in alignment with the organization’s... Read More

2014 Guide to Severance and Workforce Transition

The current pace at which the business world is changing is unprecedented—a pace that results in constant reassessment of organizational goals and focus. As the economy continues to fluctuate, and the economic future remains uncertain, eliminating positions remains commonplace.

Commonness, however, does not make the elimination of positions any easier on the worker whose job is disappearing. Therefore, many organizations offer severance packages to ease the transition between roles, temper... Read More

Forrester’s Ideal Tool Set For Application Performance Management For Better Business Performance

In this white paper, Forrester Consulting evaluates issues surrounding the management of IT transactions, applications, and business services. A survey was conducted of 159 professionals with direct responsibility for business-critical applications. All enterprises surveyed had fundamental issues while managing the performance of these applications and business services.

Each evolution of application technology and business services has brought another level of complexity and has increased... Read More

The Business Value and ROI Achieved with Riverbed in Analyzing, Diagnosing, and Resolving Application Performance Issues

  • Source: IDC
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As organizations rely on IT to support critical business processes to an ever-greater degree, the importance of application performance management (APM) is growing. Organizations need to ensure that applications are operating at top efficiency from end to end to support critical business processes.

To better understand the business value of Riverbed APM solutions, IDC conducted a study of Riverbed customers, examining how they deployed and are using APM tools. The analysis showed that these... Read More

Application Performance Management for Dummies

Looking at application performance management (APM) from the user’s perspective is crucial. This e-book is an introduction to APM solutions and how these tools can help an enterprise monitor and troubleshoot critical applications.

Included is an overview of APM which looks at some application trends and different elements of the solution. There are also creative uses for APM that can help improve efficiency and effectiveness within an organization, if used correctly. Also detailed are... Read More

Buyer's Guide: Evaluating Performance Management Solutions

Across industries, companies are looking for smarter and more efficient ways to guarantee the performance and availability of business-critical applications. Many invest in network performance management (NPM) and/or application performance monitoring (APM) tools to gain visibility into the health of their enterprise’s application delivery infrastructure.

The problem with this approach can be that APM and NPM operations are rarely integrated and this means little collaboration or collation... Read More

Beyond Engagement: The Definitive Guide to Employee Surveys and Organizational Performance

  • Source: IBM
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Employee engagement surveys have grown in acceptance in the last 10 years because organizations believe they can leverage employee engagement for higher employee retention, greater customer satisfaction, and improved financial performance.

It’s estimated that three of every four large firms in the United States survey their employees. Worldwide research by IBM reveals that surveys are more common in large organizations: 72 percent of organizations with more than 10,000 employees regularly... Read More

Talent Analytics: Moving beyond the Hype

Talent analytics is one of the most misunderstood areas of human capital management (HCM). With conflicting definitions regarding what it is and various ideas of how it should be leveraged, most organizations default to an approach to data that is relatively immature. Less than one-third of companies combine talent data with business data to measure the impact on organizational performance. As the demands of business escalate, human resources (HR) professionals must be prepared to provide insight,... Read More

The Business Case for Compensation Technology: How Better Enabled Compensation Teams Can Improve Organizational Outcomes

  • Source: IBM
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Despite the foundational role compensation plays in talent strategies, many organizations continue to manage compensation market analysis, strategy development, and program administration using spreadsheets. Managing compensation processes in spreadsheets can be done, and can even be done well in some cases. But the pitfalls of handling complex compensation tasks in spreadsheets are well known: spreadsheets are prone to human error, require a high level of expertise to move beyond simple analysis,... Read More
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