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Should You Abolish Employee Reviews?

Here's why you might want to consider it--and what to do instead.

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Want to save your employees some stress and yourself some time?According to Tom Coens and Mary Jenkins, co-authors of Abolishing Performance Appraisals: Why TheyBackfire and What to Do Instead (Berrett-Koehler), thosepesky annual employee appraisals aren't even very accurate, letalone worth the headaches they cause. Instead, Coens and Jenkinssuggest keeping ongoing, two-way feedback among employees regardingthe company as well as the individuals themselves. Basic appraisalfunctions such as feedback, coaching and career development haveproved far more successful, and leave both employers and employeesmore fulfilled.

Excerpted from Entrepreneur magazine, May 2001

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