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Twitter or Annual Review - Which type of feedback do we want?

Performance management requires all elements of feedback - from the brief, yet important, thank you through to the annual appraisal.  When done well there is a natural feel to all of these elements. Let's consider some different types of feedback, starting with the immediate reaction, of which a tweet is a great example; what distinguishes it? 

  • Short
  • Emotion driven
  • "Shallow"
  • Useful in the moment
  • Usually forgotten

 Of the moment i.e. Facebook comment

How will you retain your top performers?

Imagine on a fresh Monday morning, one of your top performer walks in just to put down his papers. How would you react to it? What thoughts will be running in your mind?

Well, I know! First thought would be, why is he/she leaving? Next would be how will you replace such a star performer?  I hope you don't have to go through this, but if you have to in future; go by the following ways to retain your top employer will work for you.

Here are the best ways to retain your top performers

Funnelling Technique in Interviewing

Any type of interview is an opportunity to get information. The funnelling technique is a communication process to help ensure:

- the right type of questions are asked

- detailed responses are given

- accurate notes of the responses are captured


"Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much"



Funnelling is a 3 stage process:



How to keep yourself at ease during Appraisal Meetings?

A Performance Appraisal (PA), as we all know, is a method by which the job performance of an employee is documented and evaluated. It is definitely a tough task for the managers and leave a tough time for the employees indeed, only a few lucky people come out with flying colors. An employee’s greatest need is to feel appreciated for the performance he/she contributes.

Insight: Economic recovery threatened by skills shortage, survey finds

More than eight in 10 UK businesses are experiencing a skills shortage, which is putting economic recovery at risk, according to new research.

The survey by private equity firm ECI Partners revealed that 82% of the UK’s fastest growing companies are being hit by an increasing skills shortage, with the whole country and every sector being affected.

An illustrated guide to illustrating elearning

Written by Muddasar Bagwan

Who doesn’t like cartoons? Illustrations are designed to break up large amounts of text, introducing fun and laughter into the process. More than any other type of television, I can still remember the cartoons that brought me so much joy as a child.

So it makes sense that illustration remains one of the major points of graphic design. Illustration itself pre-dates civilization - even cavemen were fans of drawing.


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