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10 Tips for Writing an Appraisal
February 26th, 2014
Rajan Kalia


It is one more time that time of the year and as a manager you are supposed to fill up Direct Reports appraisal. Here is your guide book for doing it quickly, efficiently and effectively:;

  1. Write Facts and eliminate explanations.

  2. Refer to data and not memory.

  3. Do it honestly and do not worry about the rating first.

  4. Think about the person who is newest on your team and write his sheet first. It will be easier.

  5. Write down the top performer's sheet next. It will be easy.

  6. Write down the person who has not done well. You will have to show the evidence because here is where you will get in murky waters.

  7. Ask for the sheets from DRs, read and match notes. This will help tremendously during discussions.

  8. Listen first and then speak

  9. Do not discuss ratings, discuss data, data and data on performance

  10. Be empathetic, imagine you are listening to yourself, do you like it? Make it likeable. 'Tough Love' comes in handy here.


Bonus : Enjoy the process, do not dread it.


My Best to you!!