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10 Exceptional Tools for Assessing Your Team’s Performance

10 Exceptional Tools for Assessing Your Team’s Performance

In modern business, companies are in a constant race with themselves of trying to utilize the resources they have as best as they can. Simply put, all companies try to become as efficient as possible. When talking about efficiency a lot of things might pop into your mind, but one of the most important assets that needs to be efficient is the workforce of a certain company.

This is especially true for small business organizations. Small business organizations usually have their whole teams working on certain projects, meaning they cannot add more members if they need to speed up the process. No, instead they have to manage their teams as best as they can and know how to organize them to do a job faster, while accurately assessing the time needed to complete the project.

Working with a group of people is challenging, and it’s tough to track progress, performance and effectiveness, or organize tasks and manage projects, without an adequate set of tools. Modern tech solutions give even the smallest organizations the option to look into their performance and see whether there are any gaps in their teams.

This is because these tools are usually quite cheap and sometimes even free. So, here are some of the best tools you can use to track the performance of your team and use them to improve its effectiveness as well.

1. HRweb
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    This software focuses on automating all-human resource processes that happen within your business. With this web-based software, HR managers can easily track and manage activities and the performance level of their teams. It has a single dashboard which combines all of the most important HR management features.

    The dashboard includes, employee reviews, time tracking, time off, attendance, scheduling, behavior, goals, recruitment, and document management. It really excels at managing and tracking employee history, and the level of categorization that it allows.

    2. AssessTEAM

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      This is a great all-around continuous feedback suite built to incorporate various process that allow you to monitor your effectiveness as a business and improve your results. With this tool, you can evaluate employees, their engagement, give them directions when they seem lost and run reports that show whether your processes are profitable to your whole business.

      It’s a SAAS software solution directly focused on allowing managers and business owners to assess how well their team is performing. It has thousands of quantitative evaluations that focus on 360 degree peer reviews, project evaluations, annual appraisals and much more. There are so many methodologies for evaluation you can use in AssessTEAM meaning that any business can use it appropriately and customize it how it sees fit.

      It gives you everything you need, but you need to have adequate management knowledge to be able to actually utilize all the options this tool gives you.

      3. Performly

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        This tool streamlines ancient performance management processes using progress tracking, intuitive interface, goal setting, social media-like news feed, and an engaging platform. The whole platform is a capable talent management system that can record job descriptions, individual competency, and create development plans for employees.

        In the center of Performly is, of course, feedback. The reviews it offers go both ways, as employees can perform self-evaluation and, if they want, give feedback to their managers. Additionally, it also has the modern 360-degree review ability, where peers give their feedback, as well as the management.

        4. Asana

        Asana is one of the most popular project management solutions for small business organizations. Besides the fact that it has amazing features and great functionality, the reason for this tool’s popularity is also the fact that it’s completely free for up to 15 users.

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        It’s used for management in real-time and it has an exceptionally intuitive interface which adopts the aesthetics of everyone’s go-to social media platform, Facebook. This means that people can easily learn to use all of its features.

        By using Asana, you will be able to track time, assign adequate tasks to adequate people, get regular updates from the tool on how far your project has gone and visualize goals. The people behind Asana have also added a calendar feature that gives users the ability to graph tasks straight from the dashboard.

        Most people who have used Asana were satisfied, although there were some who said that it’s not always so intuitive and that they faced difficulties because of the fact that Asana doesn’t have an offline mode.

        5. TSheets

        If you are running a construction business, assessing your work simply revolves around doing field work, and TSheets is the perfect tool you need to track the employees that are currently in the field without too much work.

        This is a GPS based solution and when all of your employees install it on their phones, they just need to turn them on, check themselves in and start working, while you will have all the data needed to manage their work.

        The manager behind this tool can also use TSheets for scheduling work both from an office or when out in the field. All employees who have this tool on their devices can also see who else is in the field and where they can be found.

        This is a great option that allows people to collaborate in the field in real-time and switch their positions if needed.

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        6. Yodlee

        This tool is designed for efficient financial management. Yodlee is a versatile piece of software that can handle various tasks; no matter if your business is a small team or you have a large corporation, it can get the job done.

        This tool connects with all of your finance accounts and gathers them all in one place securely. You can see all balances and transactions in one window, with the option of running various reports on these numbers and analyzing them for the purpose of reducing all of your business expenses.

        Additionally, with Yodlee you will get an account that can be used to pay your company bills or transfer funds when needed. This is about everything you can do with this tool, but all of these things are quite reliable and efficient.

        Half of the financial organizations in the U.S. rely on Yodlee each day and this shows just how reliable and secure it is.

        7. Journyx

        As soon as you set up Journyx, it will automate all the time management data you have. This software can fill out all of your timesheets on its own, record time entirely on its own, or perform automatic mobile tracking; all of these things can be done with previous user validation.

        Users can track their time spent on a project individually and a manager can do this as well. Additionally, users can take notes while they record their time in order to have a better overview of their work and progress.

        Not only can you track how much work someone has done and in what time, but employees can also request time off through this platform and managers can review and approve or reject these requests. This software also has a Gantt chart that can be used by managers to monitor who is currently working.

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        8. Basecamp

        This is truly one of the most popular project management tools that have been able to stand out from the crowd. It’s a very simple project management tool that allows managers to have a clear and simple overview off all their employees. They can assign tasks, give deadlines, add comments and check off their assignments once they have been completed.

        The whole interface is very intuitive and all employees can get used to it quickly. Additionally, it has a great history bar where you can see all the activities, i.e. who made any major steps, when and which ones. It offers a simple overview for simple business processes and a manager can quickly see where the shortcomings of the team are and focus on improving them.

        9. TinyPulse

        If you are looking to learn how your employees feel at their jobs and how that affects their performance in a simple way, you should use TinyPulse. It’s straightforward and simple to the point where a kid will be able to easily understand how to give great input with this tool. The best thing of all is that an employee needs just a couple of minutes to feel everything out.

        After you get the valuable input from people, you can get a good sense of what your company might need and what its current condition is. After that, you can discuss these issues when you gather for a team meeting.

        10. Pipedrive

        This tool focuses on monitoring a salesperson’s performance. It’s a CRM tool that has robust reporting and a lot of customization options. It’s quite easy to use and it also allows users to transfer data to other CRM systems. It doesn’t have many advanced features or options, but the things that it has work flawlessly. It’s usually used by smaller businesses that don’t have a lot of employees or customers.

        These are different tools that focus on different aspects of business, but they can all be used for measuring how efficient your team is. It’s important to note that you should first analyze your business and see what your needs are before choosing a tool. There are thousands of similar tools out there and these are the ones that have proven to work well and that I’ve found intriguing. Do you have your favorites as well? What can they do? Feel free to provide your input.

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        Last Updated on July 22, 2019

        10 Killer Cover Letter Tips to Nail Every Interview Opportunity

        10 Killer Cover Letter Tips to Nail Every Interview Opportunity

        A cover letter is an introduction to what will be found in the resume. In a cover letter, the applicant is able to use a conversational tone, to explain why the attached resume is worth reviewing, why the applicant is qualified, and to express that it’s the best application the reader will see for the open position.

        Employers do read your cover letter, so consider the cover letter an elevator pitch. The cover letter is the overview of your professional experience. The information in the body presents the key qualifications, the things that matter. The cover letter is the “here is what will be found in my presentation”, which is the resume in this case.

        Something really important to point out- a cover letter should be written from scratch each time. Great cover letters are the ones that express why the applicant is the best for the specific job being applied to. Using a general cover letter will not lead to great results.

        This doesn’t mean that your cover letter should repeat your most valuable qualifications, it just means that you don’t want to recycle a templated, general letter, not specific to the position being applied to.

        Here’re 10 cover letter tips to nail every interview.

        1. Take a few minutes to learn about the company so that you use an appropriate tone

        Like people, every company has its own culture and tone. Doing a bit of research to learn what that is will be extremely beneficial. For instance, a technology start-up has a different culture and tone than a law firm. Using the same tone for both would be a mistake.

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        2. Don’t use generic cover letter terms — be specific to each company and position

        Hiring managers and recruiters can easily identify generic cover letters. They read cover letters and resumes almost every day. Using words and terms like: “your company” instead of naming the actual company, and “your website” instead of “in your about us section on www.abc123.com”, are mistakes. Be as specific as possible, it’s worth the additional few minutes.

        3. Address the reader directly if you can

        It is an outdated practice to use “To Whom it May Concern” if you know the person that will be reviewing your documents. You may wonder how you’ll know this information; this is where attention to detail and/or a bit of research comes into play.

        For example, if you are applying for a job using LinkedIn, many times, the job poster is listed within the job post. This is the person reading your documents when you “apply now”. Addressing that person directly will be much more effective than using a generic term.

        4. Don’t repeat the information found in the resume

        A resume is an action-based document. When presenting information in a resume, the tone isn’t conversational but leading with action instead, for example: “Analyze sales levels and trends, and initiate action as necessary to ensure attainment of sales objectives”.

        In a cover letter, you have the opportunity to deliver your elevator pitch: “I have positively impacted business development and growth initiatives, having combined two regions into one and achieving 17% in compound growth over the following three-year period”.

        Never use your resume qualifications summary as a paragraph in your resume. This would be repeating information. Keep in mind that your cover letter is the introduction to your resume- the elevator pitch- this is your opportunity to show more personality.

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        5. Tell the company what you can do for them

        As mentioned above, this is your chance to explain to the company why you are the best person for the open position. This is where you tell the company what you can do for them: “If hired as the next (job title) with (company name), I will cultivate important partnerships that will enhance operations while boosting revenue.”

        Many times, we want to take the reader through the journey of our life. It is important to remember that the reader needs to know why you are the best person for the job. Lead with that.

        6. Showcase the skills and qualifications specific to the position

        A lot of people are Jack’s and Jill’s of all trades. This can be a great big picture, but not great to showcase in a cover letter or resume.

        Going back to what was mentioned before, cover letters and resumes are scanned through ATS. Being as specific as possible to the position being applied to is important.

        If you are applying for a coding position, it may not be important to mention your job in high school as a dog walker. Sticking to the exact job being applied to is the most effective way to write your cover letter.

        7. Numbers are important — show proof

        It always helps to show proof when stating facts: “I have a reputation for delivering top-level performance and supporting growth so that businesses can thrive; established industry relationships that generated double digit increase in branch revenues”.

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        8. Use testimonials and letters of recommendations

        A cover letter is a great place to add testimonials and information from your letter of recommendations. Mirroring the example above, here is a good way to use that information:

        I have a history of consistently meeting and exceeding metrics: “(Name) rose through the company and became a Subject Matter Expert, steadily providing exceptional quality of work.”- Team Manager.

        9. Find the balance between highlighting your achievements and bragging

        There is fine line between telling someone about your achievements and bragging. My advice is to always use facts first, and support that with an achievement related to the fact, as shown in the examples above.

        You don’t want to have a cover letter with nothing but bullet points of what you have achieved. I can’t stress this enough — cover letters are your elevator pitch, the introduction to your resume.

        10. Check your length — you want to provide no more than an introduction

        The general rule for most positions is one page in length. Positions such as professors and doctors will require more in length (and they actually use CV’s); however, for most positions, one page is sufficient. Remember, the cover letter is an introduction and elevator pitch. Follow the logic below to get you started:

        Start with: “I am ready to deliver impeccable results as (name of company) next (Position Title).

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        What you know and like about the company, what initiatives, missions, goals resonate with you: “I read/listened to an interview that your Chief of Staff did on www.abc123.com. His/her statement regarding important up and coming employee engagement initiatives really resonated with me”.

        Overview of your qualifications and experience: “I have a strong background in developing, monitoring, and controlling annual processes and operational plans related to community relations and social initiatives”.

        Highlight/ Back up your facts with achievements: “I’m a vision-driven leader, with a proven history of innovation and mentorship; I led an initiative that reduced homelessness in four counties and received recognition from the local Homeless Network and the County Commissioner”.

        Close with what will you do for the company: “As your next (job title), I am focused on hitting the ground running as a transformational leader who is driven by challenge, undeterred by obstacles, and committed to the growth of (name of company).

        Bonus Advice

        When applying for a job online or in person, a resume and a cover letter are standard submissions. At least 98% of the time, both your resume and cover letter and scanned via ATS (applicant tracking systems). You can learn more about that process here.

        The information provided in a cover letter should be written and organized to be compatible with these scans, so that it can make to a human; from there, you want to make sure that you capture the recruiter and/or hiring managers attention.

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