Productivity Software Proficiency: Identifying Gaps, Developing Skills

“You need to work on this.”

“You need to work on formatting columns, creating pivot tables, and animating presentations.”

Ok... so which of the previous two statements is more helpful when it comes to developing your employees’ software skills? The latter, of course. It’s clear, actionable feedback that can be used to improve proficiency.

So why do so many settle on the former? Read more about Productivity Software Proficiency: Identifying Gaps, Developing Skills

Debunking 4 Myths Around Personality Testing

Recently, I responded to an article that incorrectly spelled out four reasons to avoid personality testing in the hiring process. The article said that personality tests:

    • Screen out great candidates
    • Have flawed results
    • Create privacy risks
    • Cause discrimination
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6 Tips for Optimizing Performance Reviews

Contrary to how many managers approach it, the employee performance review should not be so much an event as an ongoing process. Having a “performance management” mindset, where employees are perpetually guided towards their ultimate potential, is the ideal practice to have in place. Read more about 6 Tips for Optimizing Performance Reviews

Using Learning Outcomes for Teacher Performance and Development

Student learning gains, as measured by scores on pretests and post tests, are increasingly being used to evaluate educator performance. Known as “value-added” measuring, student gains are often the primary factor used to select educational staff for rewards or sanctions.

So… is that the best way to evaluate them? And what’s the best way to improve upon their effectiveness? Read more about Using Learning Outcomes for Teacher Performance and Development

The New Common Core Standards and ABE Curricula

The Common Core Standards (CCS) for Mathematics and English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects specify the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for college and career readiness in multiple disciplines. As a natural outgrowth of meeting the charge to define college and career readiness, the Standards also lay out a vision of what it means to be a literate person in the twenty-first century. Read more about The New Common Core Standards and ABE Curricula

Why You Might Need More Than a Basic Skills Test

Hiring is on the upswing, which is great! But many of the open positions require more than just basic skills. Jobs are becoming increasingly complex and require higher levels of education, experience and problem solving ability – qualifications that a relatively small proportion of the labor force possesses. Read more about Why You Might Need More Than a Basic Skills Test

How Often do Employees Lie, Cheat, and Steal?

After being stripped of seven Tour de France titles and an Olympic bronze medal, Lance Armstrong finally came clean about his use of banned performance-enhancing drugs. It seems that cheating, and then lying about the cheating, is becoming more widespread in sports, especially when the stakes are high. For example, some of the best baseball players of all time (e.g., Pete Rose, Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire) will likely never be inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame because of their scandals.

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