Small Biz Tip: Human Resources: Performance Reviews

Tips from November 19, 2009 The Small Business tips today discuss how to conduct performance reviews. Apply performance reviews to everyone in the office. Be fair and consistent with all reviews. The easiest way to do this is to create a template criteria sheet for every performance review. Conduct your review first, and before revealing it to the employee, ask them to evaluate themselves. The two should match fairly closely. If not, it's a red flag that something is not right. Talk the evaluation out and clarify expectations of their role. Although it is hard, you need to indicate poor performance. Be honest and straightforward about it, but don't be brutal or harsh. If you have any examples of the poor performance, document the behavior as it is happening. A performance review is not just to point out what the employee has been doing wrong. Use it to show what they're doing right as well. It's just as important since positive... [Read Full Article]


Leadership: It's Vision, Not Bullying

Government, Politics and the Economy Jobless Claims Rise There was an unexpected jump in first-time unemployment claims even as continuing claims drop. FoxBusiness.com Management and Operations The Most Annoying People to Work With: The Top 13 Irritations Wherever you work, even in your own business, you find people who have turned the merely annoying into high art. Now that art has been classified and here are the top 13 offenders. ManageSmarter.com [Read Full Article]


Hopes for Card-Check Rise With Specter's Switch to the Democrats

  Government and Economy Specter's Party Switch Raises Hopes for Card Check Senator Arlen Specter claims that his move to the Democrat Party will not change his vote when it comes to the union-organizing legislation, but a compromise that could allow the bill to slide through may now be easier. BusinessWeek.com House Leader Pushes for Mileage Tax Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, wants Congress to enact a mileage-based tax on cars and trucks to pay for highway programs now, rather than wait the results of a pilot program, to make up f... [Read Full Article]