A couple of weeks ago I was sitting in on the Harvard Business Review’s (HBR) webcast titled “How do you evaluate and develop employees without performance reviews?” The webcast was a follow-up on a case study by HBR that was created after Deloitte’s-a multinational professional services network- decision to move away from the traditional performance review. This concept directly aligns with TMG’s continuing effort to evaluate how it can best review its employees, while promoting and assisting with their own professional growth and development.
This week, TMG held its annual Holiday Party where we always take the opportunity to celebrate a year of success, recognizing several teams and individuals who particularly stood out during the year. The event serves also as a chance to say thank you to the significant others of our team-our families and support systems who tolerate the travel, late nights, and odd hours our jobs bring; their support is the cornerstone to overall success of the TMG family.
Deadlines, projects that come up at the last minute and emails that can’t go unanswered-those are just some of the reasons why employees don’t use their paid time off (PTO). With social media, email and texting, immediate responses are expected and it can often feel as if you can’t pry yourself away from your desk for some downtime to refresh. Expedia’s Annual Vacation Deprivation Study indicated that unused vacation time is up to 59%-the highest it’s been in five years and up 8% from last year. When it comes to taking a break, it’s not only up to the employee to take a rest-the employer should be just as involved.