Missing performance appraisals – quick fix and long-term approach

Here’s an interesting question about missing performance appraisals that I “stole” from another HR blogger, Sharlyn Lauby of HR Bartender fame. Her reader asks : “Just looking for advice on how to handle the following situation. We’ve had a lot of management turnover in the last year and there are several employees who did not…

Reader Question – How do I get buy-in for the new Performance Management program ?

I will mourn the retirement of LinkedIn Answers. This was, for me, one of the most engaging features of LinkedIn, where anyone could ask questions and other members would volunteer to share their views and knowledge. The conversations in there were real, and often led to making new connections based on a common interest. I…

The History of Performance Reviews – infographic

I feel like starting the week lightly, so I’d like to share with you an infographic that I found both well-designed and educational. It is called The History of Performance Reviews and was created by the good folks at WorkSimple, which is a company specialised in social recognition and feedback. I have mentioned before that…

Why is “soft stuff” so hard really, at least to assess ?

As year-end approaches, we are all in the process of evaluating how well we did this year, and we are (or at least, some of us are) also thinking about objectives and goals for the coming 12 months. As part of your self appraisal, you surely find it natural to evaluate your performance based on…

Case study – performance management for an internal consulting team

I was once called into a team meeting from the Internal Audit department. They felt the performance management policies from our company did not fit their needs and needed help in deciding how to approach their specific case. Background The company was organised and working in a traditional hierarchy and process approach : one Director…

Prepare a superb self assessment

As we approach mid-year, many companies have put in place a mid-year review for checking on progress against goals etc. These tips will help employees prepare for their self-assessment as well as managers who want to give advice to their team members on preparing for the discussion. Don’t hesitate to use the print button at the…

When is the best time to communicate their performance rating to employees?

Today’s Reader Question centers on discussing the communication of the performance rating, or rather its timing. In a company where calibration takes place after the manager and employee have sat together to discuss the employee’s performance in the past year, when is it best to communicate the performance rating to the employee : at the…