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Perfect Phrases for Performance Reviews 2/E by Douglas Max

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Appendix ATen Mistakes Managers Make When Conducting Performance Appraisals

Robert Bacal

Performance appraisals aren’t fun. A lot of the time they are agonizing because many managers have some misconceptions about the process and why they do it, and the mistakes they make in light of this end up destroying a process that is important to everyone (or should be).

1. Spending more time on performance appraisal than performance planning or ongoing performance communication. Performance appraisal is the end of a process that goes on all the time—a process that is based on good communication between manager and employee. So, more time should be spent preventing performance problems than evaluating at the end of the year. When managers do good things ...

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