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How to Make Performance Evaluations Really Work. A Step-by-Step Guide Complete With Sample Words, Phrases, Forms, and Pitfalls to Avoid

  • ID: 2212061
  • Book
  • August 2005
  • 160 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Get the maximum benefit from performance evaluations

Almost every business undertakes employee evaluations, but few do it right. Performance evaluations are a valuable opportunity for employees and employers to share constructive feedback and improve cooperation. This book is intended to help managers make the most of their annual performance evaluations.

Properly administered, performance evaluations help in making decisions regarding layoffs, promotions, and raises; assessing training needs; improving substandard performance; measuring progress and growth; and setting goals. They can help motivate employees and keep employees and management working towards team goals. A well–designed employee evaluation program will not only help you keep tabs on employees, but can also serve as a valuable source of feedback on the state of your business as a whole.

This handy guide shows you how to get maximum benefit from performance evaluations, offering the tools and techniques managers need to increase accountability and motivation—as well as profits. It includes ready–to–use evaluation forms and plenty of sample material for designing your own forms. Plus, there′s more:

  • Legal issues and anti–discrimination laws
  • Planning and organizing evaluations
  • Avoiding managerial bias and stereotyping in evaluations
  • Designing fair and reasonable evaluation forms
  • Rating and scoring completed forms
  • Conducting employee self–evaluations
  • Evaluating different employee personality types
  • Sample phrases and words for writing evaluation forms

You should be getting more benefit from your evaluations. They′re an invaluable source of information about your business and your employees. This book serves as a quick and easy–to–understand guide to transforming your evaluations from an empty exercise into a valuable tool for driving your organization and your people forward.

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Chapter 1. Why You Need to Give Performance Evaluations.

Chapter 2. The Legal Side of Performance Evaluations.

Chapter 3. Planning the Performance Evaluation.

Chapter 4. Designing the Performance Evaluation Form.

Chapter 5. Delivering the Message.

Appendix A: Sample Words and Phrases.

Appendix B: Sample Performance Evaluation Forms.

Appendix C: Sample Self–Evaluation Forms.


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GLENN SHEPARD is the owner and founder of Glenn Shepard Seminars in Nashville, Tennessee. Nearly 100,000 managers, from Fortune 500 companies and small businesses alike, have attended his seminars. He is also the author of How to Manage Problem Employees, from Wiley.


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