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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.
So, your tasked with assessing employee performance and writing performance reviews. Where do you get started?

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You may have said those words yourself, but unless you've correctly documented the fired employee's "earlier straws," you may be opening up yourself for a lawsuit.

Maintaining a performance file or log may sound time-consuming, but the time is well worth it at the end of an employee's review period. Rather than relying on memory, you can refer to a long list of concrete examples. Evaluating performance becomes as easy as adding up the numbers.

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But what if applicants' background checks come up clean, yet they begin displaying troublesome behavior at your workplace. In ...
Both team leaders and their team members dread the annual appraisal and struggle to make it valuable — especially as flexible job descriptions and team- and project-based workplaces have become the norm. You can get better results when you conduct appraisals if you acknowledge from the start what a performance-review system doesn't do.
Issue: Choose the software that best suits your organization's needs. Benefits: Involving managers in the evaluation process not only helps you find the most appropriate software, it prompts them to ...
Issue: New managers need your help, especially in their first three months. Benefits: Smoother management transitions, and they'll see you as an asset rather than as a nuisance. Action: ...
When making the tough call about who receives a layoff notice (and defending that decision in court), rely on more than one evaluation tool.
Why? Overly rosy performance evaluations are ...
Would you think less highly of male applicants because they took leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)? Your first answer may be "No," but a new study suggests ...
Issue: In this election year, politics will become a hot topic around the water cooler.
Risk: Retaliating against employees for their off-site political activities or comments can run you into ...
Issue: How to avoid the often-overlooked liabilities of using interns in your workplace. Risk: Courts view interns the same as employees, as "agents" of your organization. Plus, you face extra ...

You may think of them as “merely vices,” but succumbing to even one of the seven deadly sins can cripple your ability to lead.

Issue: Firing someone who threatens a co-worker may be worth the risk of being sued for wrongful discharge. Risk: Wrongful-discharge claims versus serious injury or even death: Which would be ...
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