Updating performance appraisals

An employee performance evaluation can also be used to protect your company.The evaluation is a detailed paper trail that allows your legal team to build an airtight case should you need to terminate an individual due to unsatisfactory performance.Reasons often given for employee turnover include the following: an increase in pay, better work conditions, more interesting work, opportunity to learn new skills, and a feeling of a lack of respect or recognition in the current job.Many companies use employee performance evaluations as a snapshot of the employee that includes a listing of past achievements, current projects, skill sets, and measurable behaviors.

Your HR department spends hour-after-hour at least one month each year making sure your managers turn in their employee performance evaluations on time. Is it to protect yourself, and the company, in the event of a legal action by a disgruntled ex-employee by documenting negative behavior or below-average work-related performance?Or, is it to keep track of high performing workers in order to reward them appropriately? We can all agree that it's important to reward employees who meet or exceed performance standards.By acknowledging their contributions, you are showing their value to the team, department and company, but you need some acceptable established basis for this reward.This is also a good time to go over established job requirements and update if necessary.With an employee performance evaluation, a manager has the tools at-hand to measure individual performance throughout his or her team, identify top performers for further development and establish a pay-for-performance compensation plan.This act is in itself a form of positive recognition; however other recognition or reward opportunities will present themselves during the performance evaluation process as the manager tracks progress on employee goals throughout the year.

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