Performance Reviews

For most managers, conducting effective performance reviews is the most daunting part of their job. Don’t look on it with dread! Make your performance appraisals work for you, not against you with these tools: performance review examples, tips on writing employee reviews, sample performance reviews and employee evaluation forms.
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When you claw your way ahead, you’ve got to act like you’re above it all. You can’t let on that you care what your co-workers say about you or do to you. Radiate a low-key intensity so that people underestimate you rather than root for you to fall on your face.
In job interviews, you can look candidates in the eye and weigh whether they’d fit at your firm. But that’s hardly a foolproof way to measure integrity.
The best managers actually like performance reviews. They look forward to giving feedback and helping employees devise ways to learn and grow on the job.
One of the most important but vastly overlooked aspects of good management is telling employees how they’re doing. Many workers operate in the dark, wondering whether the boss loves or hates them.
You’ve tried talking to a worker about poor performance. But all your coaching, prodding and follow-up hasn’t accomplished much. Now’s the time for a one-page “pre-probationary” memo.
Chief executives often tell us that one of their favorite ways to evaluate managers is to watch how they make decisions. And it’s true: The way people seek out facts, process information and communicate their conclusions reveals much about their poise and leadership.
Q. I work at a software firm in San Francisco. It’s supposedly a hip company, but I’m fed up. I was promised a performance review every six months, but after 14 months I’m still waiting. And when I asked for leave to be with my wife when she had a baby, the company’s personnel person said, “We may have to dock your pay. I’ll get back to you.” She never did. The company’s CEO keeps saying that we’re in an industry with no accepted business model. But is that an excuse for running a sloppy business?
If you’re fed up with an employee’s poor performance, don’t just criticize or demand better work.
A federal district court in Minnesota recently decided that menopause is not a disability covered under ADA.
Q. For seven years, I’ve worked for a small construction company. To ensure advancement, I attended college at night to get an accounting degree. My boss recently told me that I have not stepped up to the plate to make any real contributions.
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