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Managing Employees: Build Self-Awareness before Conducting Performance Appraisals

Effective performance appraisals require managers to have considerable insight into their employees, but this task is virtually impossible for managers who lack insight into themselves. When self-awareness [more…]

Reviewing Employee History before a Performance Evaluation

Reviewing employee history before a performance evaluation is a critical part of the appraisal process. When preparing for a performance appraisal meeting, one of the main determinants of the effectiveness [more…]

Managing Employees: Completing a Performance Evaluation Form

Filling out an evaluation form for an employee appraisal may seem daunting, but you can follow some techniques to make it less so. Evaluation forms vary from one company to another, but there are some [more…]

Managing Employees: Planning an Agenda for an Appraisal Session

When planning an agenda for appraisal meetings, the agenda doesn't need to be iron-clad, because the dynamics of these sessions can draw the discussions into unplanned topics — and that’s not necessarily [more…]

The 10 Steps for Conducting an Employee-Appraisal Evaluation

For managers, there's no single path to conducting highly successful employee-evaluation sessions. At the same time, when you’re leading these appraisal discussions, 10 steps will help make the meetings [more…]

How Manager Misperceptions Can Lead to Inaccurate Performance Appraisals

One of the main errors that managers make in the performance-appraisal process is having misperceptions about employees. When clouded by misperception, the managers’ thinking is distorted, and they end [more…]

Managing Employees: When All Evaluations Are Positive or Negative

When managers conduct employee appraisals, they must take care not to skew (twist) the evaluation results so that all the employees end up with positive — or negative — reviews. But what motivates managers [more…]

Employee Appraisal Phrases: Reliability, Dependability, Integrity

Common themes in performance appraisals focus on employee attitudes such as reliability, dependability, and integrity. Overarching positive comments about super attitudes provide no information regarding [more…]

How to Provide Negative Feedback during Employee Appraisals

Many managers fear giving negative feedback to their employees during evaluation sessions. But the appraisal review doesn’t have to be the first time you’ve provided them with constructive criticism. By [more…]

Employee Appraisal Phrases: Communication Skills

Employees need to know how well they’re communicating and dealing with others so that they can effectively carry out their responsibilities and meet their short-term and long-term objectives. Ironically [more…]

Employee Appraisal Phrases: Organizing and Planning

As employees pursue challenging goals, they may be bursting with energy and enthusiasm, but their performance can fall terribly short because of issues related to organization. Such matters are often regarded [more…]

Managing Employees: Two Types of Employee Goals

When you've completed the appraisals of your employees, review the evaluations and use each employee’s specific ratings as the basis for goal setting. In fact, these ratings provide the ideal starting [more…]

Employee Appraisal Phrases: Accuracy and Detail-Mindedness

Describing an employee's skills in accuracy and detail-mindedness means more than saying, "Has a strong/good/poor eye for detail." Conducting an employee appraisal means using the right phrasing to delineate [more…]

Employee Appraisal Phrases: Meeting Goals and Multitasking

Describing an employee's ability to meet goals and multitasking means more than saying, "Always/sometimes/never meets goals." Conducting an employee appraisal means using the right phrasing to delineate [more…]

Employee Appraisal Phrases: Performance Levels and Setting Priorities

Accurately describing an employee's abilities to maintain performance levels and set priorities helps the employee to shape goals after the appraisal process is complete. Conducting an employee appraisal [more…]

Employee Appraisal Phrases: Productivity and Timeliness

If your employees have differing levels of productivity and timeliness, you'll need to know how to phrase your employee appraisals. In order for the written feedback on your evaluations to have a long-lasting [more…]

Key Words to Include in an Employee's Performance Appraisal

One of the most effective ways to enhance the impact of the appraisals you provide to employees is to select words that have a strong positive emotional charge. You may think that as long as you somehow [more…]

Employee Appraisal Phrases: Leadership Skills

Accurately appraising the leadership skills of anyone who plays a leadership role is critical, so choosing the right words in the appraisal process is important — not only for the success of your employees [more…]

Employee Appraisal Phrases: Job Knowledge and Expertise

Your employees’ knowledge, expertise, and skills are central to success on the job, and they require specific attention in the performance-appraisal process. When appraising your employees in this area [more…]

Employee Appraisal Phrases: Attitude toward Work

One of the most common themes in performance appraisals focuses on employee attitude. Unfortunately, much of the feedback concerning work attitude is marginally useful at best. The problem is that attitude [more…]

Employee Appraisal Phrases: Professional Ethics

Ethical issues in the workplace have always been important. With strong feedback on employee appraisal forms, you can prevent unethical behaviors from expanding and contaminating your company. Ethical [more…]

Employee Appraisal Phrases: Creative Thinking

One of the hallmarks of successful employees is their ability to think creatively and develop innovative solutions to the vast number of problems they encounter on the job. Identifying, enhancing, and [more…]

Employee Appraisal Phrases: Growth and Development

One of the major objectives of performance appraisals is to provide employees with targeted feedback and guidance to help them learn, grow, and develop. Without a developmental component, performance appraisals [more…]

How to Prevent Employee Fraud

Businesses lose huge sums of money each year to fraud committed by their employees. Small businesses and large businesses alike must establish strong internal controls to prevent employee fraud, whether [more…]

Ten Great Ways for Managers to Motivate Employees

Of course, employees need pay rises, but they also need personal thanks and recognition when they do well. Following is the top ten list of motivators for today’s employees: [more…]

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