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Performance Appraisal Phrase Book: The Best Words, Phrases, and Techniques for Performace Reviews [Kindle Edition]

Corey Sandler , Janice Keefe
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Book Description

You'll never struggle with performance appraisals again!

Do you dread writing employee performance evaluations? Do you struggle for hours to find just the right words of praise, avoid repetition, and tread the fine line between "constructive" and "criticism"?

Performance Appraisal Phrase Book makes it easy for you. Featuring concise sections on how to write the evaluation, handle tricky legal issues, and verbally discuss the evaluation, this book also includes a directory of thousands of words and phrases appropriate for any type of written evaluation.

You'll be able to find just the right way to assess:

  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Quality of work
  • Work habits
  • Teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • Timeliness of work
  • Work attitude
With Performance Appraisal Phrase Book at your desk, you'll get through reviews in a snap--and have plenty of time left to accomplish all your other managerial duties.

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About the Author

Corey Sandler has written more than 150 books on business and other topics. He has worked as a director of a large state agency, as an executive for three national publishing companies, and was responsible for the hiring and supervising of many large staffs. He resides in Nantucket, MA.

Janice Keefe worked for Hearst Newspapers and an agency of the New York State government before joining Word Association, Inc., as manager. A resident of Nantucket, MA, she is the coauthor of 1001 Letters for All Occasions with Corey Sandler.

Product Details

  • File Size: 372 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1580629407
  • Publisher: Adams Media; 1 edition (November 1, 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,221 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Odd, yet incrediubly useful reference October 1, 2007
When you are lacking inspiration for detailing the successes or failures of your direct reports this handy reference book provides a vast library of useful phrases that can be used on performance appraisals. The phrases are nicely organised into key competencies with 3 levels (exceeds, meets, does not meet) of grading. Each competency also has listed a number of key verbs and nouns.
Although it can be argued that this type of book can devalue the feedback given in performance reviews, it can also help to prevent the reviewer from writer's block and falling back onto a few stock phrases.
The biggest criticism I have is that the book does not contain a concise index to all of the competencies. You have to browse the whole book to discover and find specific competencies.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Above average March 3, 2006
Compared to some similar books I have read, this book has better phases to use on performance reviews along with key verbs and nouns for each "area" of an employee's review. When choosing a rating for an employee in a specific area it also helped to review the statements described in the book to have a consistent measure to judge performance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Performance Appraisal Phrase Book October 17, 2007
Our corporate office Human Resource Department was so impressed with this book, we purchased one for each of our managers. Excellent book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure Trove April 1, 2014
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Nothing brings about more moans and groans from senior staffing than reminders that performance reviews are due. Some reviews practically write themselves, others, not so much. This book addresses just about every situation at every level that you can think of. It definitely takes the drudgery out of writing the reviews. For your long-time employees that keep doing stellar work, it gets harder and harder to keep it fresh and new each year. Good or bad, new or long-timer, this book is a God-send.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great book but needs to be more searchable February 12, 2010
Great phrase book to assist with wording on performance appraisals. Thought the Chapters were sort of weirdly organized though, and I felt like I was flipping back and forth alot. An index would have saved me lots of reading. But overall, I liked the way each skill set was identified, with key nouns and verbs to use in describing performance of the skill, along with phrases that exemplify Meet/Exceed performance, Needs Improvement, and Unacceptable.

EXAMPLE: Skill Set = Time Management and Prioritization (pg 140)
Key Verbs - displays, manages, prioritizes, etc
Key Nouns - assignments, deadlines, priorities, resources, etc

Meets/Exceeds Feedback: Can accurately access the time required for a particular task
Needs Improvement: Has difficulty handling more than one task at a time
Unsatisfactory: Consistently fails to meet deadlines

Here is what I mean about it being weirdly organized. Say I was looking for that one phrase that talks about ability to multitask. My chapter choices are: Qualitative Attributes, Quantitative Attributes, Management Skills, Personality and Human Relations, Professional Skills. In this case, I would have to know that I'm looking for Quantitative Attributes. Ok, then within that chapter, I would need to look through the sub-categories: accomplishment of tasks and goals, accuracy and precision, computer skills, knowledge of job and industry, planning and scheduling skills, setting goals and objectives, time management and prioritization....etc. Finally, I would need to know to look under "Time Management and Prioritization" to find phrases about multi-tasking. So, basically, the information is there... it's just not intuitive.

Overall a really helpful reference, but could use some help with organization
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful Reference for Employers and Managers September 25, 2009
This little book (thick, but about the size of a Kelly Blue Book) can easily fit in your desk drawer or in your pocket (the trim size might be intentional). I guess the author intended for managers to keep this book handy whenever they needed it to compose their performance reviews. The book succeeds as a reference. You will never need another book if you are looking for the "right phrase" in order to praise or reprimand someone. It's ALL there.

I wish the book had a little more guidance on the actual appraisal process. The author could have removed some of the duplicate phrasing to make room for more commentary. Like for example, in the chapter "Strategies for dealing with unsatisfactory performance" there is only about 5 pages of actual guidance on how to deal with the actual performance of the employee, and I thought a few more pages of guidance would have made this book a more valuable reference for managers. Although I understand that the book is designed to be a book of phrases rather than instructional, simply providing a list of words is not that useful. That being said, the information that the author DOES offer is all very good, and spot-on.

Other than that, the book is a good resource and worth the price, in my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Performance Appraisal Phrase Book was a great help. January 21, 2013
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I am now working for a new company were expectations are higher than before. Even with College under my belt this book was a great tool to express my thoughts in an intelligent manner while doing employee performance reviews. I completed the reviews and went to the Performance Appraisal Phrase book and every time I was able to improve on my thoughts. This book helped to make me appear smarter than I am. Money well spent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable Tool for Performance Reviews
This thing saves my life and my sanity when writing performance reviews for my team. It doesn't do the work for you but helps you express your thoughts in a more focus and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Grussi
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Helped me a lot in finding the right words for my own performance review. I’ll be able to use it too when appraising my direct reports.
Published 1 month ago by Nick Dizon
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Published 2 months ago by Michael fields
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This book has been helpful for writing evals at work.
Published 2 months ago by Jennifer J. Stark
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Absolutely wonderful resource for PAs, development plans, coaching, etc.
Published 4 months ago by All About Lily and JD
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Perfect for all types of positions.
Published 4 months ago by Jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
This book was a big help. I used it to write my reviews and this book was a big help.
Published 5 months ago by Laurie Janisko
5.0 out of 5 stars ... up with the right phase for your annual reviews easy and painless
This book makes coming up with the right phase for your annual reviews easy and painless. It's not that you need to copy/paste directly from the book, but it's how the phases are... Read more
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Published 7 months ago by Joseph Glueckert
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This is a great book if you have to write evaluations, especially several ones.
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