Book reviews for

Stress-free Performance Appraisal

Sharon Armstrong and Madelyn Appelbaum



"This is a one-stop comprehensive overview of the performance appraisal process. It is readable, practical, yet shrewd. Based on research and the actual experiences of many companes, the book will provide you with new ideas and new approaches to an old problem. I commend this book to any manager--whether in HR or not."
–Sanford M. Jacoby, Howard Noble Professor of Management. The Anderson School, UCLA

"Stress-Free Performance Appraisal turns the writing of such appraisals from a tedious paperwork chore to a powerful management and motivational tool--a valuable new way of thinking about an old task."
–Robert Bly, Author of 101 Ways to Make Every Second Count (Career Press)

“A breath of fresh air around an old subject. Full of exceedingly helpful tips, insights, guidelines, and tools. A keeper for managers and employees alike – and for every manager who wants to keep talent on the team. We finally have the what, why, how, and wherefore of performance appraisal…all in one place."
–Beverly Kaye, Founder/CEO, Career Systems International, Co-author, Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em: Getting Good People To Stay

“A much needed, easily readable book about an extremely valuable management tool. This book tells why and how good performance evaluations help a business retain its best employees. Using anecdotes and well-documented studies, it examines the fears and misconceptions preventing many employers from using evaluations to maintain an effective workforce. This book should be required reading for all employers and their supervisors."
–Henry P. Baer, Former Chair of the Labor & Employment Law Practice, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

“It’s rare to find a book on performance appraisals that is so well-researched, entertainingly written, and packed full of real-life examples. This user-friendly guide is written in an easy-to-understand, practical way. It’s not only a highly valuable tool for the HR professional and the operating manager, but one that will be particularly useful for the employee, the too-often neglected beneficiary of a good performance appraisal procedure."
–Dick Grote, President, Grote Consulting Corporation, Author, The Complete Guide to Performance Appraisal and The Performance Appraisal Question and Answer Book

“This book is infused with realism. The authors’ depth and breadth of experience in real-world organizations shines through with every principle, guideline, and example. Clearly, Armstrong and Appelbaum have seen it all when it comes to performance appraisals. Their insights on how to make them better will benefit both line managers and human resource professionals.”
–Karen Medsker, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Human Resources Department Marymount University, Arlington, VA