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8.4. The Employee Discussion

The shortest PE discussion I personally know about was given to a colleague while he was standing at a urinal in the men's room. His boss came in, unzipped at the next urinal over, and said, You haven't had your PE yet, have you? You are doing a fine job. With that, he zipped up and left. At least it was a positive appraisal, but I would not recommend this method.

The PE discussion is the heart of the process. Of course it is important that you gather input and write a PE, and as a manager you will learn a lot just from doing those two things, but until you have communicated with your employees and gotten their responses, you are not done.

The discussion is also the most perilous part of the process. ...

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