Annual Performance Reviews
Author: Marta Moakley, XpertHR Legal Editor
Annual performance reviews, also known as performance appraisals, continue to be an integral part of effective performance management. Although addressing poor performance may be challenging, performance appraisals need not be uncomfortable, awkward or perfunctory. Making performance reviews a year-long conversation with an employee improves goal-setting, employee motivation and overall communication.
Although many supervisors may dread the employee evaluation process, avoiding the practice can lead to decreased productivity and poor workplace communication. Employers should ensure that supervisors are conducting effective performance appraisals, which includes providing honest feedback and establishing workplace goals.
Although the particular methods applied for effective performance appraisals differ among organizations, employers should ensure that performance appraisals as a whole are consistent throughout business units and are thoroughly documented.
Using XpertHR's various Tools and resources will aid in increasing overall compliance and mitigating risk.
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Address Poor Performance
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Managing Poor Performance
Handling Difficult Conversations
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360 Degree Appraisal Form
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