Summary of Stress-Free Performance Appraisals

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Everyone, it seems, hates performance appraisals. Some corporate cultures compel managers to "grade on the curve," which means that even good employees may have to fail. Even in less draconian corporate cultures, performance appraisals require supervisors to tell people about their shortcomings, an uncomfortable exercise for both the appraiser and the appraised. Meanwhile, lurking in the not-too-distant background is the threat of litigation instigated by an employee whose appraiser lets slip an awkward reference to race, sex, age or some other legally proscribed subject. This book tells you how to avoid the stress and anxiety of appraisals by focusing on a few basics. Authors Sharon Armstrong and Madelyn Appelbaum provide valuable counsel - albeit not terribly well organized - for people on both sides of the desk, both the supervisor and the employee. getAbstract recommends the authors’ useful potpourri of advice, role playing exercises, case histories, evaluation forms and observations about appraisals to everyone who participates in a performance appraisal system and certainly to anybody who runs one.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to conduct performance appraisals;
  • How to make the appraisal process effective and helpful; and
  • How best to approach appraisals as a supervisor or as an employee.
 

About the Authors

Sharon Armstrong launched the Human Resources 911 consultancy in 1998. Madelyn Appelbaum is a former journalist and a manager with 30 years of diverse experience.

 

Summary

What a Mess
Supervisors complain of overwhelming paperwork, fear of lawsuits and impossible-to-measure dimensions of performance.

Employees gripe about the humiliation and uselessness of the exercise. Yet appraisals have been with us for a century, and the recent emphasis...

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