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Chapter 8. Employee Performance Evaluation

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Unless you work at a very small company, the odds are you will give and receive yearly Performance Evaluations (PE). I have mixed feelings about this ritual. At its best, the annual PE gives you the opportunity to gather input on each employee's job performance, assess the previous year's accomplishments, and make recommendations for development. It focuses your attention, and the employee's, on things you may not pay attention to the rest of the year. At its worst, it gives you the opportunity to show your ignorance of your employees and gives your company ...

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