Performance Appraisal Methods That Work

There are three sample performance appraisal methods that are easy to use and works very effectively in both small and large companies. This post takes a look at three of the most useful approaches used in most modern businesses.

Many companies use management by objectives since it has been long established as a key effective appraisal method since the 1950s. Managers get to collaborate with their employees at the start of the year by setting out what their objectives should be (which should be achievable and given specific deadlines). Managing salespeople using this approach is often favored as it clearly defines what measurable goals they have to achieve. If targets are not hit or the objectives have failed then is easy to identify what productivity improvement techniques need to be employed.

Large companies have a preference however for using a rating scale or grading system. This is where an in-depth grading scale is provided for a number of different traits or characteristics for employees (e.g. listening skills, communication abilities, technical skills, teamwork, etc.). This technique can be rapidly used for evaluating a large number of employees. It can however be quite subjective based on that person’s impression of how the employee was performing so does require some training of management on how to use it. Employees being appraised also be easily compared using the grading system.

Consultancy firms and smaller companies have a preference for 360° feedback approach. These performance appraisal methods involved interviewing the colleagues, supervisors and clients working directly with the person being appraised. A broad range of views are sought as regards the person’s performance and ability from the various interviewees. This approach is great for consultancy houses where individuals may switch from project to project quite often during the year. It does however require a large amount of overhead to perform all the various interviews.

Home Based Jobs for Moms

With a new family to look after it is important to consider all your options before returning to work, many moms choose to work from home, so they can be their own boss which gives them the freedom to plan their hours around the family, allowing for a greater degree of flexibility in terms of allocation of time and being able to determine their own priorities.  Below are some  home based business ideas that you may wish to consider when thinking about returning to the work:
Nursery: This is a popular service to offer when considering home based jobs for moms due to convenience, as you are already having to look after your own children.   As you will need to provide scheduled care for a number of children for a set period of time on your own premises, obviously the welfare of the minors is paramount and because of this there is a lot of red tape involved, that you will need to adhere to in order to get your business off the ground and registered.
Event Planning: Plan and manage personal events from your own home.  Children’s birthdays, special occasion such as anniversaries and graduation are all reasons someone may require a personal event planner.  You do need to be very organized and structured in your approach to work to ensure everything runs like clockwork on the day of the event.  This kind of business does take a lot of behind the scenes planning and networking of reliable and professional services, such as caterers, waitresses, bartenders and cleaners, to ensure everything runs smoothly and to plan.
Tutoring: If you are thinking about how to run a business from home and have a particular skill where you can provide training in a specialized subject to meet business or professional needs then this may be a viable option for you.  Obviously it will depend on the professional qualification you have as to whether or not you need a teaching degree or certificate, this doesn’t however mean you can’t offer your services based on other experiences and background providing you feel confident of being able to convey the subject to the student.
Outside catering: This is a great way to earn extra revenue especially if you have a flair for cooking and there is always demand for someone catering for private functions.
A catering business will involve doing everything from the ground up from preparing and cooking food to designing entire menus that offer a range of gourmet menus for special occasions. Running your own business in this environment means you do need to be someone who is quite flexible and be ready to adapt to working in new and unfamiliar environment and on occasion be prepared to take on some unusual requests.

There are many jobs that are suitable for moms but working from home offers a much greater degree of flexibility and free time that is so needed when you have a young family which is why its such an appealing option.