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high-performance cultures

It's Time to Adopt a Collaborative Approach to Feedback

Posted by Cody Wright on Dec 14, 2017 2:15:00 PM

More companies are moving away from the traditional annual performance review toward an environment of continual feedback, growth, and development. You may have committed to providing regular feedback to peers and direct reports, but how do you share feedback that others will actually want to put to use, especially when your feedback is about an issue that needs to be improved?


Topics: 360° Feedback

Beyond Feedback: Why Public Praise is So Powerful

Posted by SK on Dec 12, 2017 10:30:00 AM

At Zugata, our mission is to build a high-performing culture within our own company, as well as enabling other customers to do so with our product. One of the ways we are doing this is by embedding growth and learning into our company culture by allowing our employees to get immediate feedback and act upon it on an ongoing basis. Employees can get better understanding of the impact of their actions and behaviors, and where they should improve. But constructive feedback alone is not enough.


Topics: Zugata News

Ask These 5 Questions to Get the Most Out of Your One-on-Ones

Posted by Melissa Suzuno on Dec 8, 2017 1:15:00 PM

Just like the eternal debate over the ideal office temperature and the comical technical difficulties you experience when holding virtual meetings (Brad’s been frozen for five minutes and Steve’s voice sounds like a robot… again!), the one-on-one meeting has become a staple of the modern working environment. Yet despite the frequency of these interactions, many managers struggle to conduct effective one-on-ones. How do you make sure that this meeting is actually beneficial to your direct report?


Topics: Employee Development

4 Things We Learned by Interviewing High-Performing Companies

Posted by Caroline Van Dyke on Dec 5, 2017 7:45:50 PM

When you take a look at companies with high-performance cultures, what sets them apart? A mindset of growth, learning, and innovation. While building a process that promotes high-performance is different for every organization, there are a few key steps successful organizations take to ensure their employees reach their potential. First, they separate performance measurement from performance development. Additionally, they have a robust, simple framework that makes sure employees have the right resources and coaching they need to reach their goals. 


Topics: Performance Management

5 Questions to Ask Employees Before Reinventing Your Performance Review Process

Posted by Julia Cox on Nov 29, 2017 4:56:33 PM


Finding a performance management solution that excites employees can be a challenge. As Deloitte pointed out in their 2017 Global Human Capital Trends, the way we work has dramatically changed, and performance management is playing catch up. More companies are realizing the importance of more frequent, less lengthy feedback, with 79% of executives rating performance management change as a high priority.

One way to ensure your company transitions to the right process is to engage the people who will have to adopt the new process–your employees. Designing with an employee-centric mindset means a higher likelihood of engagement and adoption. But, how do you get to the root of what will work best?

These questions, created by Amy Dobler in her time at Jive Software, are designed to help you narrow down criteria you need from a solution based on employees’ input and feedback. They are part of a research framework that Amy and her team designed to help them rebuild Jive's performance management process to be employee-centric.  


Topics: Performance Management

Rethinking Performance Development: An Employee-Owned Approach

Posted by Caroline Van Dyke on Nov 28, 2017 2:15:00 PM

Keeping up with today’s rapid speed of business has been no easy feat for organizations. This changing paradigm has required them to adapt in a way never seen before—calling into question stale processes and lagging systems that no longer match the pace of change. This holds especially true for a company’s key resource, its people, and the skills they leverage over the course of their careers. Unlike in previous eras, employees’ skills and competencies can no longer afford to remain static. Instead, they must constantly respond and grow in accordance with the shifting landscape.


Topics: Employee Development

What Are Annual Performance Reviews Really Costing You?

Posted by Melissa Suzuno on Nov 21, 2017 1:35:00 PM


There’s one aspect of the employee experience that consistently makes headlines and sparks heated debate—and no, we’re not talking about who really won the office ping pong tournament last spring. It’s the annual performance review process.


5 Types of Bias That Are Hurting Your Performance Review Process

Posted by Melissa Suzuno on Nov 15, 2017 2:00:00 PM

In the past few years, we’ve seen a lot of rapid changes in the working world: easier access to data for all aspects of business, increased emphasis on employee experience and happiness, transparent reporting on diversity and inclusion efforts, ever more sophisticated emoji to liven up your company Slack channel. But for all the advances we’ve made, one area tends to remain squarely in the past: the performance review process.


Topics: Diversity & Inclusion

Say Goodbye to Manual Data Entry with Zugata’s BambooHR Integration

Posted by Caroline Van Dyke on Oct 26, 2017 10:50:56 AM

We’re excited to announce an integration with BambooHR that enables real time and secure synchronization of employee information with Zugata. This integration enables BambooHR customers to automatically enroll new employees into Zugata and sync employee information (job title, reporting structure, etc.) between the two systems. No more manual data entry required and no more out-of-sync data across the two systems.

What data syncs?

We’re about to make your life much easier. With this integration, Zugata will dynamically sync the following employee information:

  • Employee Name
  • Email Address
  • Job Title
  • Reporting Structure
  • Profile Picture
  • Start Date
  • Employee ID (if used)

Topics: Zugata News

Zugata’s New Partnerships with Skillshare & The Muse Help Companies Personalize Professional Development

Posted by Caroline Van Dyke on Oct 26, 2017 10:49:46 AM

At Zugata, we believe performance management should go beyond a system of record and compliance. Instead, it’s about building a culture of high-performance. We’ve built performance management software designed to help employees grow and improve — driving performance forward and impacting your company’s bottom line.

Redefining Performance Management

To accomplish this mission, Zugata offers the only performance management software with both elements of successful performance management: performance evaluation and performance development.


Topics: Zugata News