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

Corey Sandler , Janice Keefe
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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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.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Odd, yet incrediubly useful reference October 1, 2007
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great book but needs to be more searchable February 12, 2010
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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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2.0 out of 5 stars not worth May 19, 2014
By Ania
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I did not like this book at all IT has performance evaluation statements for maybe dozen of different professions. I was looking for a list of phrases
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book December 18, 2013
By Poicat
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I bought this with Perfect Phrases for Performance Reviews and it's just as good. I like this just as much as the other book I bought.
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