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Encourage employee growth with The Good Talk

Welcome to our blog on “The Good Talk”! In this story, we will elaborate on this crucial and constructive dialogue between employers and employees. The Good Conversation is all about open communication, trust and understanding, and plays a vital role in promoting employee engagement, talent retention and a positive work culture. We will explore the various components of The Good Conversation and examine the distinction between this approach and traditional appraisal interviews. Read on to discover how The Good Conversation drives growth and development for both employees and organizations.


What is The Good Talk?

The Good Conversation is a crucial and constructive dialogue between employers and employees that promotes openness, trust and understanding. It is all about effective communication, where both parties share their insights, expectations and needs to set goals, improve performance and solve problems together. This helps increase employee engagement, retain talent and promote a positive work culture. The Good Talk includes feedback, career development, wellness support and recognition, enabling organizations and their employees to grow and prosper.


What are the components of The Good Talk?

To start conducting The Good Conversation yourself, of course, you must have a good understanding of exactly what conversation topics to cover. We believe it is important to consider the following components in each.

  1. Feedback: Giving and receiving constructive feedback on performance, behavior and development. This promotes improvement and growth.
  2. Goal setting: Jointly set clear goals and expectations so that employees know what is expected of them and how they can contribute to organizational goals.
  3. Career Development: Discuss career goals and opportunities for employee professional growth and development.
  4. Welfare support: Attention to employee well-being and work-life balance, and providing support when needed.
  5. Recognition and appreciation: Showing appreciation for employees’ efforts and achievements, which increases their motivation and commitment.
  6. Problem solving: Openly discuss and address any challenges or conflicts in the workplace.
  7. Future planning: looking at the future needs of the organization and how employees can contribute to them.

Integrating all these components into The Good Conversation creates a positive and supportive work environment where both employees and employers feel heard and valued, leading to better collaboration and performance.


How does The Good Conversation differ from an appraisal interview?

More and more companies are moving away from traditional performance reviews and starting to conduct The Good Talk. But what exactly is the difference?


  • The Good Conversation emphasizes frank dialogues between employers and employees, with a shared commitment to understanding and cooperation. It aims at growth and development.
  • A traditional appraisal interview is often limited to one-sided evaluation of performance by the employer, with limited room for interaction.


  • The Good Conversation is conducted regularly, tailored to needs, and is an ongoing process.
  • A traditional appraisal interview usually takes place annually, leading to longer periods without formal feedback.


  • The Good Conversation covers a wide range of topics, including goals, career development, wellness and feedback, as well as future planning.
  • A traditional appraisal interview focuses primarily on performance evaluations, while other crucial aspects of the work are sometimes neglected.


  • The Good Talk promotes a balanced dynamic between employers and employees, involving both parties equally in the dialogue.
  • A traditional appraisal interview can feel hierarchical, with the employer acting as the appraiser and the employee being judged.

In short, The Good Talk represents a more open, developmental and ongoing approach to communication between employers and employees, whereas a traditional performance appraisal interview is often limited to an annual evaluation of performance. The Good Talk promotes a positive collaborative environment!


Conduct the Good Conversation with proven conversation templates in Learned

Do you also want to get started with The Good Conversation but don’t yet know exactly how to prepare the conversation? With the Learned platform, you can get started right away with the templates for The Good Conversation. These have already been used multiple times by more than 200 organizations to make many thousands of Good Conversations!