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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2011
This book contains valuable information for managers and supervisors who evaluate their employee's performance. This book is designed to help the appraiser in selecting the right phrases and words that describe their subordinate's performance accurately. The phrases and words in this book are exceptionally positive and rephrase negative reviews with a positive outlook. It is very helpful to write meaningful performance oriented result reviews. This book can be also be used for self-evaluation and resume writing.

I recommend this book for anyone in an organization and especially it is a must have book for anyone who holds a managerial or supervisory role.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2011
This is exactly what I was looking for to help me write better evaluations. My order was shipped quickly and was in excellent shape.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2014
Good collection of POSITIVE phrases but book did not include phrases for negative performance. It would have been more helpful with negative performance indicators and phrases/suggestions to change to positive performance.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2012
I was introduced to this product via. workshop on writing performance reviews and am excited to give it a try. If anything, this resource is clear and concise and will provide a method to assure a representative evaluation of our staff as we endeavor to communicate their performance accurately and articulately.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2014
Great tool when you have people that meets goals and expectations, but lack of advice on sentences for people with sub-standard results.
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It is what it is, read the title. This is a compilation of "effective" phrases. They are sorted into factors employees are rated on like: 1) initiative, 2) time management, 3) accuracy.

The book would be great in writing a resume or job application where you have to write KSA's
Knowledge Skills and Abilities (like Federal job). It would be great in creating a job description or developing interview questions. It is great in assessing employees and writing letters of recommendation or creating your own cover letter. It is great for self development and keepign your own file of accomplishments you did during the year for your own performance review. Always great to have a CYA (cover your bum) file or "I done good".

It is a tool rather than a how to book.

Example: under the subject "Intiative"...phrases include
1) takes charge in the absence of detailed instruction.
2) displays ingenuity in anticipating and meeting unexpected situations.
3) extremely active and eager to try new approaches.
4) continuously finds new and better ways of performing job.
5) requires minium supervision. is a self starter.
6) is a solution seeker.
and many more.

You can add your own phrases, or way to express. It is a great thought starter.

You could use the book, to help interview job applicants.
If you are looking for someone that shows intiative, a behavioral based interview question might be:
1) Tell me a time when you showed intiative?
2) Describe a situation where you felt it was necessary or would be justifiable to break company policy or alter a standard procedure.

This book could help you identify and differentiate employees.

The book (my version is from 1993) provides some helpful adjective and verbs. This is a book of organized phrases. Some words. I don't think it is a guide to successful evaluations. Unless there have been major revisions. This is a pick a phrase book wiht some minor instructions.
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on June 15, 2014
I resisted the temptation to write a review along these lines:

"'Effective Phrases for Performance Appraisals' fails to engage the reader. Character development is nonexistent, and its plot incomprehensible, consisting of sentences that say the same thing in different ways, then moving on to the next scene with no continuity. The theme appears to be the manifestations of excellence in all of its many categories, but the lack of coherence, and the repetitive writing style, renders this post-modern work less understandable than Finnegans Wake. The fact that this is the twelfth edition of this work speaks for the author's meticulousness in attempting to achieve a perfect realization of his vision, however, as a work of fiction it is sadly lacking."

But I decided to take this book seriously.

I manage a small office and this year am responsible for writing performance evaluations for a number of subordinates. These cannot be ad libbed; they are rated on several specific categories with lists of points to be covered in each. There is very little room for improvisation in summarizing each person's activities over the preceding year. Consequently, phrases can get repetitive:

"Boris exhibits consistent professionalism with customers."
"Loulabelle interacts with customers in a consistently professional manner."
"Mordecai's professional interactions with customers are consistent."
"St. John (an actual name, popular in Britain, pronounced "Sinjon," like "St. Clair" is pronounced "Sinclair") consistently interacts professionally with customers."
"Customer-wise, Fulgencio consistently manifests professional-like aspects."

One is tempted to insert the following, just to see if anyone is paying attention:

"Worthington has reached rock bottom, and has started digging."
"Although Prunella has double the intelligence of the average person, half of it is lost, and the other half is out looking for it."
"Hobart maintains a minimal work load only under continuous micro-management, and when cornered like a rat in a cage."
"Irving's wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead."
"Horace sets low standards for himself, then fails to achieve them."
"Hephzibah should go far...the sooner the better."
"If you see two people talking, and one of them looks bored, Dagbert is the other one."

And so on.

This book is valuable in providing numerous examples of various aspects of performance, allowing the manager to insert sufficiently different phrases while avoiding obvious repetition. Also, the phrases are universally positive, since everyone is obviously doing a great job if they are still working there. Its true value lies in allowing the manager to write evaluations of the specific work performed by unique people, using only vague generalities. It makes the miserable, mind-numbing task of evaluating subordinates bearable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2011
Purchased this book for writing performance reviews on employees. Shipping was super fast; received the item much faster than anticipate... and at a great price. As a member of the armed forces, this is a must for subordinate and even own reviews.
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on July 1, 2011
Effective Phrases for Performance Appraisals provides terminology and limited guidance for writing employee performance evaluations. It does not include substantial information on appropriate strategies for delivering an actual evaluation, but occasionally serves as a beneficial thesaurus for identifying concise, thoughtful terminology.

Effective Phrases for Performance Appraisals organizes terminology by topic and the type of phrase: Effective Phrases, Two Word Phrases, Helpful Adjectives, Helpful Verbs, Performance Rankings, and Time Frequency. It also offers extremely brief guidelines for delivering the performance evaluation. Each phrase is positive and may be modified to reflect sub-par employee performance, although it is far more challenging to delicately, yet clearly, indicate growth areas and some managers may struggle with phrase revisions. None of the phrases are particularly original; the value of the book is not necessarily in the content, but rather the format, which organizes these phrases in a way that will make them easily accessible to a manager performing an evaluation. While this book should not serve as a stand-alone resource on best practices for delivering an evaluation, it is a useful text to keep on hand for reference and refreshers as appraisals occur. It's a good starting point, but employees will deserve much more care, consideration, and assistance throughout the performance evaluation process.

Effective Phrases may be useful as a quick reference guide when writing conventional (and perhaps cliché) performance evaluations. Select a performance review book to supplement the vocabulary with appropriate evaluation strategies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2011
I purchased this item for my mom. She said she needed it so it was nothing I really knew of. Apparently it was exactly what she needed for a great price. Makes her want to buy off Amazon again.
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