Thorough documentation is important in human resources management, and it can help you avoid possible lawsuits and prevail in cases that are tried in court. A primary purpose of personnel documents is to help persuade a third party such as a judge, jury, arbitrator, or mediator, that you made a reasonable and sound business decision based on the information available to you at the time. Your documents will be more credible and reliable if you use the following standard practice:
All too often, the process of establishing goals for employees in the context of a performance evaluation slides into an uninspired exercise of just going through the motions, only to provide an easy reference point for future compensation decisions. But it can instead be an opportunity to inspire your staff to high levels of productivity and achievement. Accomplishing that can only happen if you take the process seriously, and move beyond some entrenched myths about setting performance goals.
Here’s how you can do it.