The First-Time Manager's Guide to Performance Appraisals

The First-Time Manager's Guide to Performance Appraisals

The First-Time Manager's Guide to Performance Appraisals

The First-Time Manager's Guide to Performance Appraisals

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Consider this scenario: You have just been promoted to manager of a department in which you've worked for the past four years, placing you in charge of your former coworkers. You have a keen understanding of how the department functions, along with first-hand knowledge of the challenges associated with each job, but you've never before been a manager.

By way of preparation for your new responsibilities, you've attended workshops and shadowed your predecessor for several weeks, gaining knowledge of key managerial skills such as delegation, decision-making, and time management. With all that you're learning, you feel confident that you'll succeed in your new role.

There is, however, one area that remains somewhat of a mystery: the performance appraisal; that is, evaluating the work of your employees. While you've been on the receiving end of performance appraisals, you never gave much thought to how your manager pulled it all together. Now that it's part of your job, you've got lots of questions: What are you supposed to base the ratings on? How do you complete the form? How do you handle marginal performers, especially when they're your friends? Exactly what is it you're supposed to talk about in the appraisal meeting? What are some of the performance appraisal pitfalls you should avoid?

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