If you need help getting your performance management and appraisal system to work and contribute to the success of your organization and the success of each employee, don't miss this offering due out in later 2011.
The first edition of this book has been in print since 1998 and for good reason. Unlike other books on the topics of performance reviews and managing performance, this book presents all the information you will need to make managing performance easier, less time consuming, and much more comfortable. It's easy to read, explains the concepts simply, but without dumbing down.
But now, it's even better. The second edition is more tightly written, updated, and contains two new chapters: How Human Resources Can Make Performance Management Work, and How To Revamp and Revitalize Your Performance Management System.
These chapters will help you take on your employee review system, and make it much better by helping you understand that any attempts to improve a performance management system need to be treated as major changes in the organizational culture -- learn to do that using the techniques shared on managing change.
Posted by Mary Skiller via Amazon on 4th Oct 2011
There are probably a dozen or so books on this subject that are equally good, and I'm not sure that any book is significantly better than the others in that grouping.
I happen to like this book, and use it in my HR work and in my company. Its length and to-the-point style make it ideal for busy managers, and it is indeed about as practical as it can get.
Its strength though, is that it breaks out of some of the conventional thinking about performance management and appraisal. For example, it points out that performance problems can indeed be attributed to weakness in an employee, but may also be caused by problems in the actual system of work. In this respect it draws from systems thinking and takes into account some of the criticisms of Deming, Scholtes and others.
My favorite part has to be the idea of "no blame", and that the purpose of performance management and appraisal is not to punish or even to reward, but to identify barriers to performance, and work together with the employee to remove them, no matter where they come from. Since the goal is better individual performance which contributes to organizational performance, I think this is practical indeed.
There's a positiveness to this book. If you think performance management and appraisal are excuses to kick [behind] and blame people for failure, then don't get this book, get a whip and chair.
This review is for the first edition of Performance Management - A Briefcase Book
Posted by JJF Lauret via amazon on 4th Oct 2011
When searching for a fair and sustainable performance management system this book brings all about the need mindset behind that system. As for my experience this is what many companies are waiting for. And also employees! They are key to make it happen and this book shows what parts of behavioural science can be applied. A good read for the coming 10 years!
Note: This is a review based on the first edition of this book