My favorite time of year!

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My favorite time of year!

My favorite time of year!

It’s my favorite time of year… Summer! Pool Time! Yeah, those are cool.  But why do I love this time of year the most? Talent Reviews (TR). That special time of year when managers come together and calibrate their teams. Managers take time to think about where they would place their employees on the 9-box, relative to others at the same level and role. They then defend those placements to their peers. It’s magic. During annual performance reviews the managers focus on filling out forms (or many forms depending on the team size).  It becomes a chore and they are sometimes working on getting

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Unlimited Vacation- YEAH! Let’s all take a break!

Unlimited Vacation- YEAH!  Let’s all take a break!

Unlimited vacation!  YES!  We recently moved to flex-time off (FTO), aka unlimited vacation time. Other technology companies had already done this and we thought it was a great benefit.  I was on the project team to determine how to make this work and what the advantages and pitfalls were of rolling it out. When I was researching FTO, I reviewed companies who had already implemented unlimited vacation. The overwhelming consensus was that folks took less time off under FTO. That was a negative for us, honestly. We all understand the benefits of employees taking time away to refresh and rejuvenate.  We did not want

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