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

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Handling Tough Topics

No matter how well you prepare, you may run into some difficult situations as you hold your performance review discussion. This chapter will cover tough topics that you may need to discuss, such as raises, promotions, or particularly poor performance.

Responding to a raise request

Many employees use their performance review meeting to ask for a raise. If possible, keep this discussion separate by holding it at a later date. Performance and compensation are each significant enough on their own, and it’s usually not ideal to mix the two. Thank the person for bringing up the request, and promise to get back to her by a specific date. (If it’s already been decided whether a raise will be granted, however, and the individual ...

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