Performance Evaluation and Social Networking

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1. I do not agree with the statement that "If you have regular conversations with people, and they know where they stand, then the performance evaluation may be unnecessary." This statement could not be more absurd. The premise of the statement is that performance evaluation relates to the people performing the tasks, that the people can be trusted at their word ("Oh yeah, I'm doing well, boss.") and that performance evaluation has no other role than to determine employee rewards systems. Performance evaluation plays a much bigger role in the company's strategic system than merely setting pay and benefits for employees. The evaluation system fits into overall strategy by aligning employee activities with the company's strategic objectives. The employee is evaluated against specific performance criteria on specific tasks in order to motivate the employee to perform these tasks to a high level. The result is that the efforts of the employee are guided specifically to where the company needs them employee to be guided. Just because the employee "knows where they stand" does not mean that the activities he or she is undertaking are in the best interests of the company. In addition, the company needs to know where the employee stands. Performance evaluation is a means for the company to gauge the contribution to the company that the employee is making. The employee will then be compensated on the basis of that contribution. In order for this system to be effective as a form
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