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The Truth About Getting the Best from People, Second Edition by Martha I. Finney

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Truth 46. Performance appraisals are really about you

The irony is exquisite: The one time of year when you’re most likely to feel at most risk of conflict and confrontation with your employees is also the one time of year when you’re most likely to see eye to eye with them. This is performance appraisal season. And this is what you have in common with your people: You all dread it.

There’s no wonder. Performance appraisals have never been an especially happy time. This is when managers and employees put (or bang) their heads together to review what went wrong last year and figure out how to make the upcoming year better. This kind of conversation comes with the potential of criticisms, accusations, denials, warnings, threats, ultimatums, even ...

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