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Growing Software by Louis Testa

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Reviews and Evaluations

Employee evaluations must be an ongoing effort throughout the year—don't wait until the formal employee review to show appreciation for results or discuss a problem. In fact, an annual review is not the place to bring up problem behavior. Waiting for the annual review to offer an employee negative feedback is a poor but common management practice that usually stems from a manager's desire not to confront the individual about a problem until forced to do so; this contributes to a low-trust environment, however. Though the annual review process usually forces the confrontation, most employees will feel blindsided if the first they hear of an issue is in their annual review. An annual review should reveal no surprises.

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