13Conducting Meaningful Performance Reviews

There are two questions that rattle the human skull: How do you hang on to someone who won’t stay? And how do you get rid of someone who won’t go?

PERFORMANCE REVIEWS ARE ESSENTIAL FOR developing your employees. They are also valuable to you. When the reviews are done correctly, your employees will learn how they are doing, what they should be doing differently, what their strengths are, what their weaknesses are, how they can improve, and what they need to reach their full potential. You, in turn, learn how to help them progress. To deliver valuable reviews, you need to invest in them, plan them, and schedule them.

Unfortunately, some managers are reluctant to conduct these reviews because the conversations ...

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