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.


Conduct a Performance Appraisal

Address Poor Performance

Prepare Performance Improvement Plans (PIPs)

How To

How to Prepare Performance Improvement Plans

How to Manage Employees on Probation or Suspension

Supervisor Briefings

Conducting Effective Performance Appraisals

Managing Poor Performance

Handling Difficult Conversations

Policies and Documents

Performance Appraisal Form

Numerical Rating Performance Appraisal Form

360 Degree Appraisal Form

Employer Appraisal Feedback Form (Appraisee)

Employer Appraisal Feedback Form (Appraiser)

Employment Law Manual

Performance Appraisals

Employee Communications > Communicating Performance Appraisals

Employee Discipline > The Performance Improvement Plan (PIP)

Employer Liability Concerns in Employee Management > Performance Appraisals

Best Practice Manual

Performance Management

Law Reports

Intracompany Communications Are Publications for Purposes of a Defamation Claim


Performance Appraisals' Changing Requirements

Presidential Performance Appraisals Series

Performance Management: The Importance of Being Honest


Under what circumstances does an employer have to give a pay increase to an employee who is out on approved Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave during his or her performance review?

360 Degree Feedback


Disparate Treatment

Negligent Retention

Performance Appraisal

Performance Improve Plan (PIP)