15Five is a software company, founded by entrepreneur David Hassell and based in San Francisco.

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  • Companies both big and small want to steer management decisions away from dangerous half-truths and recycled best practices. Stanford professors, Jeffrey Pfeffer and Bob Sutton brought data-based decision making to the world of business through evidence-based management to help these companies make better people decisions. Here’s how you can do the same… What’s Evidence-Based Management? […]

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  • This month, we’re excited to announce the latest addition to 15Five, the Best-Self Review. Best-Self Reviews are 15Five’s answer to the traditional annual performance review, which is often biased and counterproductive. Traditional performance reviews were created during the Industrial Revolution, a time when producing efficient and repeatable outcomes were valued most. When it comes to modern […]

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  • Most managers dread everything about employee performance review time. Performance reviews are tedious and time consuming, the technology (if any) sucks, and the conversation is always uncomfortable. In some circumstances, it’s even company policy to rank each of your team members. You probably hate narrowing down employee performance to a single number, but that’s just […]

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  • When major corporations like Adobe, GE, Deloitte, and Microsoft ditched their annual performance reviews, they set off sea change in the world of performance management. There’s now nearly universal agreement that these antiquated practices don’t work and need to go, but very little agreement about what to do instead. This gap has left HR and […]

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  • How much are disengaged employees costing your company? If we zoom out, Gallup estimates the cost of disengagement to be between $960 billion and $1.2 trillion per year. So what drives engagement and what strategies can leaders use to create an environment where both engagement and productivity thrive? Using leading social science research as our […]

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  • No matter how much you try to tune it out, you can’t hide from political coverage. It’s on TV, podcasts, sports talk shows, and in nearly every social media post, tweet, pin, or snap. Even the place where politics was historically off limits is now no longer safe… the office. Political tensions in the workplace […]

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  • It’s annual performance review time! (Cue groans from every employee and manager in America.) Since our CEO recently published this piece about developing an alternative to annual employee performance evaluations, I thought it fitting to interview Colleen McCreary, a people ops thought leader who was one of the first to terminate the annual review process. Colleen […]

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  • We build software for human beings and that means people, not users. We believe great software should fade into the background, effortlessly supporting people in accomplishing what’s important to them and seamlessly integrated into the way they live their lives. That has been one of our staple design values since day one, and we continue to […]

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  • Woah! 2017 sure has been one for the books… Productivity shattering political debates, California wildfires leave thousands homeless, hurricanes ravage Houston, Puerto Rico, and Florida, and sexual harassment continues to rear its ugly head. Your workplace morale has probably been much, much higher. Proactive managers and company leaders stay aware of local and global events, and […]

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  • Most of us go to bed thinking about the work that didn’t get done and the tasks that are still on the list instead of recognizing what went well and how we moved the needle forward, even if only a little. That makes sense, since humans are wired to focus on the negative. This is […]

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  • What’s the true culprit of all misunderstanding? Lack of good communication, how you communicate and how you receive feedback. Well meaning people who believe they have communicated their best intentions, often have the listener receive the feedback harshly. Here are some examples of where miscommunication might happen: 1) Coaching 2) One-On-One Meetings 3) Giving a […]

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  • Company leaders, especially at burgeoning businesses, often take on several different roles. Regardless of what’s typed on their business card and what objectives they own in terms of their specific team, the knowledge and skills they possess can impact other aspects of the business. For example, I’m officially the Vice President of Customer Success. But […]

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  • Company leaders, especially at burgeoning businesses, often take on several different roles. Regardless of what’s typed on their business card and what objectives they own in terms of a specific team, they may use diverse knowledge and skills to impact other aspects of the business. For example, I’m officially the Vice President of Customer Success, But I’ve […]

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  • Human Resources has been experiencing a shift in recent years, one that’s aiming to re-humanize business. That’s why the title for this department or role in many organizations is switching from “HR” to “People Ops” or “VP of People & Culture.” The historical paradigm of HR has expired, as we can no longer view people […]

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  • High-tech companies are known to offer competitive financial rewards and employee recognition programs to encourage and motivate employees to keep delivering high quality work. To some extent these performance management programs have been effective. For example, eCard Shack’s infographic reveals that young and inexperienced employees across high-tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Apple exp...

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  • Meetings are tricky things. Many people hate them, because they are considered boring or a waste of time. When done poorly, they can dissolve productivity and cost your company significantly. When they are done right, they can align the entire team around key objectives. Better meetings can facilitate innovation and improve your organizational culture. But […]

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  • Every year more than 25% of the working population moves to a new company. But unfortunately, not all these transitions are smooth sailing. In fact, about half of all senior external hires fail in their roles within 18 months and half of all hourly workers leave their new jobs within the first 120 days. How can employee onboarding make […]

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  • By now, you have probably heard of the OKR methodology, or perhaps you already use it to keep people focused and successful at your company. Objectives and Key Results are used by businesses as large as Google, or as small as five person startup teams. These businesses meet periodically (usually quarterly) to set a handful of […]

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  • If there’s one thing that’s certain in the world of Human Resources, it’s that employee engagement matters. If there’s a second thing that’s certain, it’s that HR knowing this has done almost nothing to improve employee engagement. If you’re anything like me, these revelations are enough to leave you baffled and a bit lost – […]

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  • “You know what would be AWESOME?? If we could put a cat here, here, aaaand maybe over there by the company logo.” As a web developer at a rapidly growing startup, you get a lot of crazy requests. Some are going to make your product better, some are more drops in the “Yep, that didn’t […]

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  • If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. ~African Proverb Over 8,000 people take Gallup’s Strengths Finder Assessment every day. That’s 8,000 people who discover the top five strengths that they possess in four distinct categories; Executing, Influencing, Relationship Building, and Strategic Thinking. And each one of […]

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  • When’s the last time you excitedly ran down the hall, jumping for joy to join a meeting? For most people, the answer is probably never. But there are innovators out there who are creating methods for making meetings and presentations engaging, fun, and transformational. I recently interviewed Jenny Sauer-Klein, founder and director of The Culture […]

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  • I’ve been trying to stay out of the conversation regarding sexual harassment at Uber and beyond, mainly because I think that putting attention on toxic behavior only serves to amplify it. I also don’t have any direct solutions, since it appears that harassment persists despite company policies and procedures to eradicate that behavior. But after reading […]

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  • “I’m so sorry, I need to reschedule our one on one meeting again.” When employees hear that, they will likely either feel relief, frustration, or anger. If they’re relieved, that means you’re missing a major opportunity to discover exactly what it is that employee doesn’t want you to know. If they’re frustrated, that’s because they […]

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  • Who are the thought leaders you turn to for business and management advice? Got room for one more? Over the past several months, my eyes have been caught by informative articles on leadership and productivity from the same author. I found an Inc. column so valuable that I asked if I could interview the author for our […]

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