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Dick Grote Gives Expert Advice on Performance Management

360-degree Feedback and Forced Ranking

First, we need to forget about 360-degree feedback, at least for performance-appraisal purposes. Certainly, 360-degree feedback may have a place—a minor place—in helping people get a better understanding of their development needs. But it has no place in conventional...

The Myth of Performance Metrics

There’s a bogus belief that gets in managers’ way when they evaluate performance. That myth says that in order for an appraisal to be objective, assessors must have quantifiable metrics to support their assessment judgment. That’s just not true. What is a performance...

Let’s Abolish Self-Appraisal

Asking an employee to write a self-appraisal using the company’s appraisal form is a common performance management practice. It’s a deceptively attractive technique. An employee’s self-appraisal and rating should give the manager valuable data on the quality of an...

How to Deal with a Raise Request

In many smaller organizations – and even some larger ones, too – there’s no formal compensation policy. There may not even be an HR professional available to consult on merit increases and other pay issues. In these companies, managers are likely to encounter direct...

Making Onboarding Work

“Onboarding” is the most recent addition to a manager’s checklist of performance management activities. Only in the last few years has it been seen as a separate and specific activity. Paying attention to onboarding is a good thing. Originally, the process of...