The following information is from the completed 2020 event. Please check back in January for details about the 2021 conference, which will be on May 10, 12, and 14. We anticipate opening registration in early February 2021.

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Maine HR Convention: May 10, 12, & 14, 2021 – Virtual+ Edition


Workshop A: The New Performance Management Reality

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 @ 10:15 am - 11:45 am

Legal Compliance and Workplace Culture at the Crossroads

What’s it all about? Everyone in HR is talking a good game about the evolution from punch card performance reviews to more holistic practices that enhance workplace culture. That transition is not always a smooth one, because shifting legal compliance and business demands are always at your doorstep. How do HR professionals expand their performance management platforms, enhance workplace culture, and remain masters of compliance at the same time? Debra Weiss Ford and David Ciullo will focus on these challenges by engaging the audience in several creative demonstrations and digital conversations. They will discuss performance management trends and issues that go to the heart of workplace relationships, including: 1) Employer and employee expectations on flexible use of time and leave; 2) Understanding and adjusting for the unconscious biases of all the parties to the performance evaluation process; and 3) Delineating perceptions of workplace behaviors – for example, where is the line between high spiritedness and bullying?

Why you’ll want to participate in this session.

  • Hear about trends from the progressive performance feedback front and some of the advantages and challenges employers face on this path.
  • Build your skills for handling the resistance these new human resource processes present to your legal counsel, the C-Suite, front line managers, and employees of different generations.
  • Learn how to enhance these progressive performance management practices while remaining true to core legal concepts of fairness and consistency and understand the implications for your job descriptions in a world where job functions can change by the minute.

Approved for SHRM Credit and HRCI General (HR) Credit.


Program Faculty: David Ciullo, Debra Weiss Ford