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Stress-Free Performance Appraisals: Turn Your Most Painful Management Duty into a Powerful Motivational Tool

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Performance appraisals are one of the most important, continuous responsibilities of a supervisor...and the most dreaded. This book takes you through the entire process of conducting a productive and meaningful performance appraisal -- without the usual tension, anxiety, and uncertainty that most managers encounter in this process. Emphasizing the importance of providing employees with positive feedback, the authors break the process down into several steps -- with detailed coverage. No stone in the performance ...
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Stress-Free Performance Appraisals: Turn Your Most Painful Management Duty into a Powerful Motivational Tool

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Overview

Performance appraisals are one of the most important, continuous responsibilities of a supervisor...and the most dreaded. This book takes you through the entire process of conducting a productive and meaningful performance appraisal -- without the usual tension, anxiety, and uncertainty that most managers encounter in this process. Emphasizing the importance of providing employees with positive feedback, the authors break the process down into several steps -- with detailed coverage. No stone in the performance appraisal is left unturned and no loophole is left unexplored. This book eliminates the stress and uncertainty of the performance appraisal process, making it the most powerful management tool you can use to create confident, motivated, and productive employees.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564146861
  • Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/15/2003
  • Pages: 226
  • Sales rank: 681,181
  • Product dimensions: 0.48 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Table of Contents

It's Not Supposed to Be This Way... 9
Chapter 1 The Roots of Anxiety 13
Chapter 2 Forget Winging It! 25
Chapter 3 Appraisals That Don't Bite 41
Chapter 4 Championing Organizational Vision 65
Chapter 5 The Many Facets of Compensation 81
Chapter 6 Beware of Rating Errors 101
Chapter 7 When Appraisals Go Off Track 115
Chapter 8 Planning for Improvement 133
Chapter 9 Keep It Legal! 145
Chapter 10 Appraisals@21st Century 155
Chapter 11 The Case for Ditching Appraisals 181
Chapter Notes 195
Bibliography 207
Index 217
About the Authors 223
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2004

    Packed With Knowledge!

    Everyone, it seems, hates performance appraisals. Some corporate cultures compel managers to ¿grade on the curve,¿ which means that even good employees may have to fail. Even in less draconian corporate cultures, performance appraisals require supervisors to tell people about their shortcomings, an uncomfortable exercise for both the appraiser and the appraised. Meanwhile, lurking in the not-too-distant background is the threat of litigation instigated by an employee whose appraiser lets slip an awkward reference to race, sex, age or some other legally proscribed subject. This book tells you how to avoid the stress and anxiety of appraisals by focusing on a few basics. Authors Sharon Armstrong and Madelyn Appelbaum provide valuable counsel ¿ albeit not terribly well organized ¿ for people on both sides of the desk, both the supervisor and the employee. We recommend the authors¿ useful potpourri of advice, role playing exercises, case histories, evaluation forms and observations about appraisals to everyone who participates in a performance appraisal system and certainly to anybody who runs one.

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