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Dread Performance Appraisals? Easy Does It with Ongoing Feedback and Coaching.

May 17, 2012 10:17:00 AM / by Jackie Caruso posted in Performance Management, Performance Evaluation

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Real-time feedback changes the nature of ongoing coaching and makes the dreaded performance appraisal easier and more meaningful.

As we approach the middle of the year, it is time to do a check on how well you have been coaching your direct reports thus far.  How many meaningful conversations or coaching sessions have you had with your team members over the last few months?  Are you satisfied with their performance?

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360 Feedback Goes Social

May 4, 2012 9:19:00 AM / by Jackie Caruso posted in 360 Degree Feedback, Social HR


Social technologies make everything easier….well, maybe not everything.  In fact, they also have made it easier for some folks to get into some serious trouble.

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Assessing Performance for Succession Planning Made Easy

Apr 17, 2012 7:12:00 AM / by Jackie Caruso posted in Succession Planning

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Ban the Binder Series Part 3:

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8 Tips for Effective Self Evaluation in 360 Feedback

Apr 3, 2012 4:59:00 PM / by Jackie Caruso posted in 360 Degree Feedback, Performance Evaluation, Self Appraisal


One of the most critical pieces of the 360 degree appraisal is the self evaluation. Self evaluation is key to comparing your view of your own performance versus the perspectives of those around you.

Self Evaluation:

  • Helps all employees to focus on their behavior.  The better we are at understanding the criteria by which performance is evaluated, the better we can be at targeting our efforts on the job.
  • Forces us to think about our performance over a given time period and identify our own strengths and opportunities for improvement.


Here are 8 tips for us all to consider in completing self evaluation as part of 360 feedback:

  1. Keep performance notes throughout the year. Use your online performance appraisal system to make note of the outcomes of projects you have worked hard on.   
  2. Review your job description and performance goals to make sure you have a fresh understanding of expectations.
  3. Set aside time to think about the past year. Review work samples that showcase your abilities/efforts. This will also refresh your memory of all the hard work and goals you have accomplished.
  4. Familiarize yourself with the entire evaluation. Understand the rating scale, instructions, and criteria to be evaluated. 
  5. Start at the mid-point (e.g., a “3” on a 5-point scale) of the rating scale and move the rating up or down, based upon specific examples of performance.
  6. Don’t focus on one unusual episode - either good or bad. It is important to make sure one really excellent or poor incident does not color your rating for the whole year. 
  7. Offer supporting behavioral examples for your ratings. Include examples from your notes and work samples. This allows you to make your most accurate rating.
  8. Ensure comments support/match with ratings. If you choose to give yourself a “5”, make sure you can support that rating with comments and example of your performance.

For more information on self evaluation, read Save the Self Appraisal in Employee Performance Evaluation.

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How the Employee Performance Management Process Should Not Be Like Airport Security

Mar 7, 2012 1:47:00 PM / by Jackie Caruso posted in Performance Management, Performance Evaluation


How to NOT make the quarterly performance management process check-in like a TSA checkpoint.

Carrying around tiny toiletries, getting patted down, taking your shoes off and stepping on the nasty floor; the security checkpoint is the least favorite part of any trip to the airport. How could they make it any more stressful and frustrating?

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How to Conquer Zombies and Execute on SMART Performance Goals

Oct 31, 2011 9:26:00 AM / by Jackie Caruso posted in Performance Management, Goal Setting


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Feel like you are surrounded by zombies?

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3 Pitfalls to Avoid in Performance Appraisal ...or on America's Got Talent

Oct 18, 2011 4:58:00 PM / by Jackie Caruso posted in 360 Degree Feedback, Performance Management, Performance Evaluation


Evaluating performance is one of the most important aspects of employee performance management. In order to develop employees and keep them engaged, employees must receive performance feedback that is not only an accurate assessment of their actual performance, but also identifies both their strengths and development areas.

Unfortunately, managers do not seem to have as much fun evaluating performance as Sharon Osbourne or Piers Morgan do on America's Got Talent.  Often times, managers are overwhelmed by the performance appraisal process and struggle to spend enough time on the actual appraisal of performance.

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HR Technology makes Employee Performance Management SMARTT

Sep 15, 2011 9:24:00 AM / by Jackie Caruso posted in HR Software, Performance Management, Goal Setting


The classic research on goal setting and motivation theory states that individuals are more likely to be motivated to perform by creating their own specific goals and working toward those performance goals while receiving feedback on their progress. This theory is summarized using the anagram, SMART, which means Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound (also see our whitepaper: SMART Performance Goals).

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In Search of the Perfect Diamond - The 4 C's of Performance Goals

Aug 17, 2011 10:28:00 AM / by Jackie Caruso posted in Performance Management, Goal Setting


Creating a balanced set of Performance Goals in the employee performance management process is a challenge for all managers....maybe even more challenging that finding the perfect diamond.

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360 Degree Feedback - Worth the Hard Work!

Jul 19, 2011 6:14:00 AM / by Jackie Caruso posted in 360 Degree Feedback


Let's be honest, receiving the results of 360 degree feedback for the first time can be a bit like walking into an "End of Season" sale.  Racks and racks of items as far as the eye can might even experience a bit of vertigo!

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