Performance Evaluation Ratings: Do We Really Need Them?

Is my performance “outstanding” or is it only “commendable?”  Is it “excellent” or only “satisfactory?”  Is it “really super duper” or just “good?”  These are the kinds of questions that can preoccupy employees when [...]

Is Pay for Performance Dead?

It wasn’t too long ago that “pay for performance” was a fundamental component of many organizations’ approach to compensation.  They were committed to the idea that their long-term success was dependent on rewarding and [...]

3 Tips to Make Career Conversations Easier

My clients often tell me doing performance evaluations is their least favorite activity.  Guess which runs a close second—talking with employees about their career development.

What makes this so stressful?  From what I’ve seen, [...]

Peer Review: A Case Study

Some organizations are wary of conducting peer reviews—where employees get a chance to provide feedback on the performance of their peers.  Such wariness is not surprising because peer reviews do require careful thought and [...]