Top managers who failed to guide, challenge, and stretch their more proactive middle managers were more likely to give negative performance reviews. But top managers who more effectively managed proactive employees’ goals gave better performance reviews
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Strong managers know that most policies are only guidelines to help people navigate unfamiliar situations. They understand that context is everything. Sometimes there is a good reason to bend a policy — or to ditch the policy altogether!
It is becoming apparent that candidate motivation has changed; while salary remains the most important consideration for a developer when choosing a new job (49 per cent), the flexibility of the work environment (45 per cent) is a very close second. With this acceleration in thinking among developers about flexible working hours, working from home and BYOD when considering a potential new job, organisations risk being dismissed out of hand if they fail to provide the right working environment.