performance evaluations

Many people want to be liked. Problems arise, however, when a supervisor’s desire to be liked prevents them from pointing out deficiencies in an employee’s work. Pointing out deficiencies is a way for supervisors to help their workers understand what they need to do to succeed. It’s a way of giving employees a chance to

I’ve written before about why lawyers who defend employers hate performance reviews. Here are tips to writing performance reviews we’ll hate less:

  1. Spell Check is your friend. Use it. It’s very hard to defend a manager’s criticism about an employee’s attention to detail when the manager writes a review that’s full of typos.


I just returned from the Cornell HR in Hospitality Conference in Las Vegas with my partner Carolyn Richmond.  I participated in the Executive Summit and shared ideas with some of the most progressive minds in the hospitality industry.  Here is my top ten list of take-aways:

  1.  Once a year performance reviews are backwards looking,

Ask lawyers who defends companies in employment litigation what they think about performance evaluations. I dare you. And then stand back. Most of us (I’d say "all of us" but there are always contrarians out there) will tell you we hate them. They’re fine in theory — providing a systematic way to provide employees with feedback on their