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Chapter 1. What’s the Point?

“You wanted to see me, Ed?”

“Yes, Dan, come right in. As you know, it’s been one year since your last performance appraisal. I want you to know that I’ve been very pleased with your work. I feel I can really count on you when I need something done right.”

“Thanks, Ed. That’s nice to hear.”

“Tell me, how has everything been going on your end? Is there anything you would like to talk about? I’ve got some time now, for a change.”

“Gee, I can’t think of an...


Cover of Productive Performance Appraisals, Second Edition


In many organizations, performance appraisals are thought of as necessary but of very little value. Managers and employees who go through the process without really engaging in it, miss a great opportunity to benefit themselves and their organization. Performing the process is the most important result of the appraisal and both the manager and employee have an active role to play in a productive appraisal. Parts of this reading are geared specifically towards managers. When reading those portions, think about your role in the process and how you, as an employee can help ensure a productive appraisal.