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Three additional guidelines to help you conduct painless and practical employee performance appraisals

by , 27 June 2014
If you're preparing for your upcoming employee performance appraisals, you've come to the right place.

Yesterday, we published an article where we shared three guidelines by a top HR consultant to help you conduct painless and practical employee performance appraisals.

Today we're revealing three additional guidelines so you can conduct performance appraisals effectively.

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Apply these three guidelines if you want to effectively conduct performance appraisals

#1: Ask your employee for feedback

Sharon Armstrong, an author and HR consultant with 20 years of experience says always remember that you have a role in your employee's performance.

She recommends you ask questions such as: 'What three things have I done recently to help your performance?' and 'what are three things that you want me to do?'

#2: Set goals

Use the appraisal to clarify your employee's role in your company. Update his job description if necessary and set employee goals that are meaningful, measurable, and motivating.

When your employee has goals that are aligned with the company's goals, that's a real motivator, says Armstrong.

#3: Allow your employee to comment

Armstrong advises you to create a section on the appraisal form for your employee's response and ask your employee to sign the appraisal.

She says the signature documents that your employee received the review, even if he didn't agree with its contents.

Experts behind the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management also have something to say about appraisals.

In this article, they urge you to take performance appraisals seriously because: 'If your employees think you and your company aren't making a genuine effort to evaluate and improve their performance, their morale and engagement in the company's mission will suffer. That will inevitably hurt them and, ultimately, the customers they serve.'

So stick to these guidelines when you conduct employee performance appraisals. If you want the first installment of the guidelines to help you conduct painless employee performance appraisals, click here.

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