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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Even the best employees have their misunderstandings and mistakes, and smart managers know that ignoring such natural events can turn them into team performance toxins. Here's how to maintain a healthy communication environment and get over any resistance to confront employees.
At first glance, the federal Age Discrimi-nation in Employment Act (ADEA) appears pretty straightforward: It protects people age 40 and older from employment discrimination based on their age. But the law isn’t as simple as it appears; it affects managers in everything from questions asked in job interviews to assigning job duties. Here’s a description [...]
Issue: Sarbanes-Oxley's focus on HR requires you to do more to help your organization comply.
Benefit: Helping your organization meet SarbOx mandates enhances your role as a strategic partner.
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When an employee refuses to carry out an order, supervisors may automatically think such insubordination is worthy of discipline or firing. Not so fast! That initial response, punish the employee, may ...
As much as many of us dislike doing performance reviews, they're a critical part of our jobs as people managers, both to help our employees succeed and to keep our enterprises out of legal trouble. Here are some trustworthy insights from the pros:
In severance agreements, employers typically require employees to sign promises not to file employment-related lawsuits. But don't try to include FMLA rights in that
waiver.
Why? A new ruling ...
School principal Lorraine Monroe had finished a half-hour performance evaluation when the employee stood, paused and said: “I just want to say that if you pass my classroom and see me staring out the window and not teaching, don’t be upset. It’s just that my husband stole my three children yesterday, and I don’t know where he took them.” Monroe sat the woman back down. After a long pause to collect her thoughts, here’s what she said:
Issue: If you uncover an employee's performance problems while she's on FMLA leave, can you fire her?
Risk: Firing may be legal in some cases, but it will likely prompt ...
Issue: Take control of your department's image by creating a consistent internal marketing message.
Benefit: When done well, such branding raises your profile with execs and the rank and file, ...
Terminating an employee who's out on FMLA leave isn't impossible. If you can prove that you would have fired the employee if he or she had been at work, you can ...
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