Evaluating employee performance without creating legal liability — Business Management Daily: Free Reports on Human Resources, Employment Law, Office Management, Office Communication, Office Technology and Small Business Tax Business Management Daily

by Robert E. Bettac, Esq., Ogletree Deakins, San Antonio

Performance evaluations are important tools to help employers gauge whether employees are performing at expected levels. They can help organizations spot talent and leadership potential, while identifying areas where employees need extra training and support.
    Evaluations also can protect employers from frivolous lawsuits filed by employees who claim they’ve been demoted, fired or otherwise unfairly treated when the real reason was poor performance.

Strengths and weaknesses

The evaluation of an employee’s performance is a critical factor affecting the employee’s career, salary, expectations and retention. Employees themselves use the evaluation process to gauge the employer’s fairness. Evaluations should reflect a forthright appraisal of the employee’s performance and identify both strengths and weaknesses.    
    Employees want feedback but don’t necessar...(register to read more)

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