Did COVID-19 change think tanks’ annual staff assessments?

22 January 2021

Raymond Struyk, author of Improving Think Tank Management, writes about how two recent developments may be having significant effects on the way think tanks are structuring their staff assessments. First, is the simplification of elaborate systems with more streamlined ones that emphasise more frequent, less formal feedback and discussions partially or fully taking their place. Second, while such changes were being undertaken or considered, explosive growth occurred in the amount of white-collar staff working remotely in response to the threat of workplace COVID-19 infections.

This article provides early information on adjustments made by a small sample of think tanks (broadly defined) in the course of their 2020 end-of-year staff assessments to provide early insights into what is happening.

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