I had the chance to join a great conversation about performance management with a group of compensation pros at a Cracker Barrel (freedictionary.com definition: resembling or characteristic of the extended informal discussions carried on by persons habitually assembled at a country store) sponsored by our local compensation association. Many trade tips were shared during our short time together and I picked up three wonderful phrases for the things we are often called to do in the course of overseeing performance management execution in our organizations.
Backtesting: What you do when you identify one or more or a group of employee performance appraisals for additional scrutiny, analysis or conversation.
Managing the Fringes: The chosen strategy of focusing attention primarily on the high and low ends of the performance scale, when it comes to reviewing the performance appraisal results submitted by managers.
The Red Face Test: A particular tactic for addressing potential ratings inflation which involves gauging the validity of a high performance assessment by whether or not the manager's face turns red as he/she attempts to explain the decision.
(Hat tip to Mary and the merry band of group 3 at her performance management table!)
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