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Performance Reviews (HBR 20-Minute Manager Series) by Harvard Business Review

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Every year you’re faced with the same task: You must conduct performance reviews with your direct reports. When handled correctly, this process can result in better job performance and higher morale within your team, which can have a positive influence on your entire organization.

But reviewing and assessing a person’s performance, not to mention discussing your evaluation with that individual, can be demanding and stressful. This is your opportunity to help your employees improve, but like most managers, you probably don’t enjoy telling people they’re not performing as well as they could or should. It’s particularly challenging to broach the topic of constructive feedback with an employee whose overall performance is less than satisfactory. ...

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