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

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Gathering Information

Assessing an employee’s performance isn’t something you do once, a week before conducting a review discussion—it’s an ongoing process. Your information gathering, likewise, should be a part of your daily work throughout the year. To get a complete picture of your employee and fairly evaluate her work, collect information about her performance from a number of different sources.

Observe and track employee progress

Direct observation is the best way to monitor employee performance. It can help you identify strengths and weaknesses and understand the impact those capabilities will have on your employee’s ability to achieve specific goals. In a fast-paced workplace, attentive observation is especially important: If an individual ...

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