Strategies for Phasing Out Performance Appraisals Workshop
How to Create a System that Improves Performance


When: Tues, April 13, 2016 Sponsored by:  The Northeast HR Association  
Where: MIT SLOAN, Suite E62
30 Memorial Dr
Cambridge, Massachusetts  01242
United States

The Largest HR Association in the Northeast


$499 Members

$699 Non-Members



Alex Mascaro


Program Overview

Research confirms what we already know: traditional performance management practices are broken. What has been standard practice in most organizations is beginning to fade away, as the call for reform grows louder by the week. Deloitte, the Gap, Adobe, Accenture, Cigna and GE have proudly and publicly shared their stories on facing up to the discrepancies between the intent and reality of performance management.  Organizations are sharing their approaches to drastically scaling back on documentation and dropping ratings and rankings.  The new emphasis is on increasing real-time dialogue about performance:  old-fashioned, eyeball-to-eyeball conversations that result in managers and staff exchanging meaningful insights that lead to improved performance.

The pressure is on for HR to introduce new thinking on a practice long overdue for change.   Performance management should and candrive performance and business results.  HR is poised to create a system that engages everyone, boosts organizational results and creates a strategic advantage.  Your prime goal in 2016 should be to fix performance management, regardless of your industry, geographical location or size.  

Objectives and Take Aways:  

  • Explore the reasons behind why the continual redesign of legacy processes such as ratings and review forms continue falling short of expectations.
  • Alternatives to managing pay and performance without the use of performance appraisals and ratings.
  • Clearly see your high, mid-level, new-developing, low results-good behaviors, mid-high results/disruptive behavior, and low results/low behavior employees without using ratings or performance reviews.
  • Re-shape and strengthen manager and employee communications with more frequent forward-looking dialogue [versus reviewing past performance].
  • Acquire proven communication strategies designed to socialize alternatives to performance appraisal, involve your change sponsors, and influence change resisters.



Jamie Resker, Practice Leader and Founder of Employee Performance Solutions, is a recognized innovator in the area of performance management.  Jamie has a uniquely singular focus - optimizing employee performance through reshaping communications between managers and employees based on two-way, monthly, informal conversations designed to align performance expectations.   She helps organizations make the shift away from reviewing and rating past performance to building the capacity of everyone in the organization to speak regularly and candidly about strengths, accomplishments, and more methodically re-direct off-target performance.    Her ground-breaking work as the originator of the Performance Continuum Feedback Method® and 10-Minute Conversation are proven to drive individual, team and organizational performance.  The work is based on the principles of neuroscience and Appreciative Inquiry.  It's particuarly effective when unproducitve or disruptive behaviors need to be used to addressed.  The framework has broad application; transcending organization industry, size, geographical location, and culture.  Jamie is known for being ahead of her time and has dedicated half of her three-decades long HR career to reframing performance management.  As a thought leader on the topic of modernizing performance management, she is a frequent contributor on the topic.   She holds a BA in Business from Emmanuel College, and is an instructor at the Boston University Corporate Education Group. She is also on the faculty for the Northeast Human Resources Association and is an Advisory Board Member for the Institute of Human Resources.

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CEU Credits:

This program has been applied for 8.0 General Credit Hours.


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