Productivity and culture tools for distributed teams.


Icebreakers Hall of Fame

We highlight the unsung heroes of the remote workforce and get their take on best ways to work effectively in a distributed team setting. In addition to fun Icebreakers answers, hear their thoughts from the trenches!
Kaitlyn Study @ South Street & Co.

This week's highlight is Kaitlyn, Owner & Creative Director at South Street & Co., a marketing agency with expertise in all aspects of marketing for SMBs.

Isabella Jiao @ FanFood

Meet Isabella, VP of Marketing at FanFood, a tech company creating the ultimate fan experience through in-venue mobile ordering.

Emerald Sia @ Paktor

Here is Emerald, Business Operations Manager at Paktor, one of Asia's top dating apps.

Suhas Ghante @ SVEthos

Meet Suhas, Partner at SVEthos, a premier sales consultancy specializing in bringing the Silicon Valley mindset to startups.

Stella Johnson @ LiveLoveTravel

Hear from Stella, Marketing Associate at LiveLoveTravel, a startup pushing the boundaries in travel tech.

How to Run a Great Performance Review

Here at LarkApps, we consistently get questions around how to best integrate continuous feedback and recognition with an effective review process and whether that is even possible.

Great news - there has been a lot of innovation from the legacy review process and today, teams are thriving by using a combination of real-time feedback and a succinct, high-value reviews. Read more to figure out how to structure your team's performance management process.
How to Run a Great Performance Review

Structured feedback and review is very important in distributed teams where teams don't naturally have these conversations.

Intro: The State of Performance Reviews Today

Many companies are successfully moving from the legacy review to a system that addresses the needs of today's workforce.

Review Design I: Articulating the Purpose and Picking the Frequency

A successful feedback and review cycle starts by setting a clear goal and determining the high-level parameters (i.e. frequency).

Review Design II: Determining Assessment Types and Questions

We continue designing your review by picking assessment types (self, peer, manager) and crafting good questions.

Review Implementation I: Preparing for the Review

Preparing the organization and communicating proactively goes a long way for implementing a smooth review cycle.

Review Implementation II: Running a Seamless Review

When running a review, be flexible, do regular check-ins to ensure alignment, and track your progress towards the end goal.

Review Implementation III: Setting up for Success Post-Review

To finish out a review cycle strong, do a post-mortem analysis, document follow-ups, and update the leadership on the benefits.