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Jun182017

Dread Performance Reviews? This Company's Getting Rid Of Them

Is the era of employee performance reviews and rankings coming to an end?

That's the question buzzing in the air this week after Accenture, one of the world's largest companies, announced its decision to toss these nail-biting measures of employee success out the window.



Accenture CEO Pierre Nanterme told The Washington Post that starting in September, the performance of the company's 330,000 staffers will no longer be judged based on company rankings and annual evaluations. Instead, the professional services firm will implement "a more fluid system, in which employees receive timely feedback from their managers on an ongoing basis following assignments."

"All this terminology of rankings -- forcing rankings along some distribution curve or whatever -- we're done with that," Nanterme said. "We're going to evaluate you in your role, not vis vis someone else who might work in Washington, who might work in Bangalore. It's irrelevant. It should be about you."



Nantermeadded that this change will fundamentally, and dramatically, alter the company's performance management process.

"It's huge," Nantermesaid. "We're going to get rid of probably 90 percent of what we did in the past."



Accenture joins the ranks of several big-name companiesthat have, in recent years, done away with this source of employee stress.

The Post, citing data from management research firm CEB, reports that six percent of Fortune 500 companies have stopped using annual performance reviews and forced rankings.Microsoft, Adobe, Expediaand Motorolaare some of the companies that have recently overhauled their employee review system.

Some studies have shown that performance reviews and rankingsdon't improve, and may actually hurt, performance.

"The reality is that the traditional performance appraisal as practiced in the majority of organizations today is fundamentally flawed and incongruent with our values-based, vision-driven and collaborative work environments," Ray Williams, author of "The Leadership Edge,"wrote for Psychology Today last year.



Reviews and rankings have also been described as being too time-consuming, expensive and generally ineffective.

However, some companies and business consultants have defended the system. Victor Lipman, a retired Fortune 500 CEO, wrote in aForbes.com post that reviews and rankings can bring a sort of"disciplined rigor" to the management process.

Should companies get rid of performance reviews and rankings? Weigh in below.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/accenture-performance-reviews_us_55af4a14e4b07af29d56d134


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Jun182017

Google to Build Superfast, Fiber-Optic Network

The race to build out nationwide high-speed Internet networks just got interesting, thanks to Google.

The search engine giant has announced plans to enter the broadband Internet market, the latest in a rapidly widening series of markets Google is entering.

"Our networks will deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today -- over 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections," explains Google product manager James Kelly. "We'll offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people."

Over the past few years, numerous reports have chronicled Google's steady buy ACN up of so-called "dark fiber" networks, collections of unused fiber-optic cable strung across the country but going unused. As early as 2005, CNET reported on Google's acquisition plans, speculating that the company may be "laying the groundwork to jump into the telecommunications business."

Google's current plans must include that network, though it won't unveil a nationwide network yet. The company is presently looking for communities to hook up to its network and test out "the experiment."

Lance Ulanoff, editor-in-chief of PCMag.com, said he found it surprising that Google would consider building the actual infrastructure necessary for broadband connections." It's expensive and can take years to reach even a modicum of ubiquity," he pointed out. Ulanof speculated, "One possibility is that they're doing this to spur existing providers to move faster on delivering next-gen broadband to customers."

Google already has a Wi-Fi network deployed in Mountain View, CA, where the company is headquartered. And Ulanoff notes that the company is introducing Wi-Fi in airports and other places. He believes the company wants "to help drive the concept of its all-in-the-cloud computing platform."

Google has released little information about its plans, other than to state its intent: "to experiment with new ways to help make Internet access better ACN and faster for everyone," wrote product managers Minni Ingersoll and James Kelly in the blog titled, "Think big with a gig: our experimental fiber network."



For more information, visit Google's Fiber for Communities Web site.





Jeremy A. Kaplan is Science and Technology editor at FoxNews.com, where he heads up coverage of gadgets, the online world, space travel, nature, the environment, and more. Prior to joining Fox, he was executive editor of PC Magazine, co-host of the Fastest Geek competition, and a founding editor of GoodCleanTech.



http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2010/02/10/google-build-broadband-fiber-optic-network.html


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Jun182017

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