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

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Evaluating Performance

Begin to synthesize your thinking into an overall impression of your employee’s performance during the year. Review the information you’ve gathered, sift through the data you’ve collected, and make some informal notes. Look for common themes, and give equal consideration to positive results and shortcomings. Has your employee excelled, delivering more than you expected? Has he met your expectations, delivering a solid but not exemplary performance? Or have there been problems, with some goals unmet and results undelivered? It’s time to come to a point of view and record it in writing so that you can share it with your employee—and save it for future reference.

Assess results

In theory, assessing the results of your employee’s ...

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