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Constructive appraisals
Lecky-Thompson, Roy, 1948-
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Publication Information:
New York : American Management Association, [1999]

Physical Description:
95 pages : form ; 24 cm.
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Includes index.
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HF5549.5.R3 L43 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Getting ahead in business and building a career are more difficult than ever. The Self-Development for Success Series continues with four new titles, each aimed at improving key professional skills. The books allow employees to find out how good they are, where there is room for development, and ways in which they can improve. Each title is full of exercises and questionnaires that will enable readers to undertake an ongoing assessment of their skills. Success at work means working smarter as well as harder; this collection of books gives employees a head start.An effective and well-managed appraisal system is one of the hallmarks of any successful organization. Constructive Appraisals shows readers how to design and implement an appraisal system, carry out an appraisal, avoid common pitfalls of appraisals, assess their system -- and really determine how their company, their team, and they themselves are performing.

Author Notes

Roy Lecky-Thompson was a Personnel Director for ten years before establishing his own independent personnel advisory business. He now helps British an overseas companies and professional practices, as well as government agencies, on all aspects of business and human resources management, including strategy, HR audits, personnel department upgrading, performance appraisal, quality standards, and management development.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 What is appraisal?p. 8
Changes in appraisal in the last 10 yearsp. 10
Rewards for good performersp. 12
Delivery of business strategy: key objectivesp. 14
Achieving excellence and continuous improvementp. 16
Development of the individualp. 18
Chapter 2 Where are you now?p. 22
Common problems 1p. 24
Who does the appraisal?p. 26
Common problems 2p. 28
Does the whole appraisal make a difference?p. 30
The proposed appraisal systemp. 32
Self-assessmentp. 38
Chapter 3 Starting and improving your appraisal systemp. 42
Gaining commitment from the rest of the businessp. 44
Use of external consultantsp. 46
A constructive outcomep. 48
Selecting a consultantp. 50
Your personal action and development planp. 52
Chapter 4 Alternative appraisal systems and proceduresp. 56
Assessment ratings and defining performancep. 58
Performance objectivesp. 60
What do you cover at an appraisal interview?p. 62
The role of the "grandfather"p. 64
Chapter 5 Introducing, running, and evaluating the appraisal processp. 68
Training for appraisersp. 70
Training for appraiseesp. 76
Other evaluation guidelinesp. 79
Questionnairep. 80
Chapter 6 Future trends and emerging issuesp. 84
Emphasizing future development and quality standardsp. 86
The networked telecommuterp. 88
The multicultural entityp. 90
Final questionnairep. 92
Indexp. 94
Further readingp. 95