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People Management Overview

You have these opportunities to outline the performance expectations of a worker: When you describe the job (job description) for which you want to hire When hiring the worker After hiring the worker—when you first communicate the objectives for a … Continue reading

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People Management 1. Job Descriptions: Communicating Your General Expectations

What Is a Job Description? A job description provides you with the opportunity to describe your general expectations of an employee. Specifically, a job description is a broad statement of a worker’s responsibilities. Uses of a Job Description Organizations use … Continue reading

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People Management 2. Performance Plans: Communicating Your Specific Expectations

A performance plan lets you communicate your specific expectations for a worker in a particular job at a particular point in time. What Is a Performance Plan? A performance plan describes the results that a worker should achieve during an … Continue reading

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People Management 3. Informal Reviews: Conducting a Performance Check-Up

An informal review provides an interim, off-the-record assessment of performance during the middle of an appraisal period.  Managers usually provide the informal review in a formally scheduled meeting.  The manager documents the meeting with private notes that are included in … Continue reading

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People Management 4. Appraisals (Evaluations): Assessing Whether Expectations Have Been Met

What Is an Appraisal? An appraisal is a formal evaluation of the extent to which the worker has achieved the objectives established in the performance plan. Managers typically conduct the appraisal within a month of the closing of the appraisal … Continue reading

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People Management 5. Career Development Plans

What Is a Career Development Plan? A career development plan is a written listing of the short- and long-term goals that a worker has pertaining to current and future jobs, and a planned sequence of formal and informal experiences to … Continue reading

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