Write It Well Keeps Companies Out of Trouble by Developing Criteria for Effective Performance Reviews

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Write It Well, a training and consulting firm that delivers online and on-site training, has published a self-paced training manual, Writing Performance Reviews: A Write It Well Guide. The guide will help keep employers out of trouble by teaching managers and supervisors how to write performance objectives, reviews, appraisals, and other performance documentation that is clear, descriptive, objective, and acceptable in today's workplace.

As the employer-employee relationship in our society becomes more regulated, and more lawsuits are filed, the need for well-written, clear, accurate, and detailed performance reviews has become even more important. In addition to improving the performance of employees, performance documentation - if it follows the criteria developed by Write It Well - will help protect you and manage the legal risks.

"Writing Performance Reviews is a great tool to help you ensure that the performance documentation you prepare has all of its positive intended effects, and doesn't lead to unintended problems," says Jonathan Hughes, Director and Business Litigator, Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, PC.

The book, along with its corresponding training program, addresses a skill that every manager needs to acquire. "And it's transferable," says the book's author and President of Write It Well, Natasha Terk.

"If you learn how to write performance objectives and reviews that are clear, specific, and objective, then you can use those skills to write more effective e-mail messages, reports, proposals, presentations, and anything else you write," says Wendy Chow, Vice President of Legal Services, Hill Physicians Medical Group/PriMed Management Consulting Services.

Aside from the legal problems that poorly written, vague, subjective, or incomplete performance documentation can create, there are missed opportunities. "With the increased pace of the business environment, writing and delivering effective performance evaluations is becoming a lost art. Write It Well's new book, Writing Performance Reviews: A Write It Well Guide reminds people how to write a performance evaluation that will be useful to you as a manager and a welcome development tool for your employee," says Craig Pampeyan, Director, Business Operations, Hewlett Packard.

For busy professionals, there is no time to waste. "We hired Write It Well to use their materials to train our employees. The workshop got great reviews and the participants were engaged the entire time. They instantly saw how they could write performance objectives and reviews more effectively and more quickly," says Terry Moreno, Human Resources Representative for the City of Palo Alto, CA.

Designed for use by individuals, by teams, or as part of online or classroom training, Writing Performance Reviews: A Write It Well Guide is cost effective and flexible. A facilitator guide allows trainers, managers, and team leaders to lead their workshops, and customized training programs led by the Write It Well staff are also available. "This is a great resource for all the people - employee relations consultants, trainers, and managers of managers - who are responsible for coaching and teaching others how to write effective performance management documentation," says Belva Jennings, Talent Development and Training, Unum.

Writing Performance Reviews: A Write It Well Guide, ISBN 9780982447109, is now available at http://www.writeitwell.com, http://www.amazon.com and bookstores nationwide for $24.99. Visit http://www.writeitwell.com for more information about Write It Well's books, on-site training, and facilitator guides.

About the Author
Author of Writing Performance Reviews: A Write It Well Guide, and contributing editor of E-Mail: A Write It Well Guide, Natasha Terk, president of Write It Well, leads the firm's business operations and strategy. Natasha served as a program officer at the Packard Foundation, served as a management consultant with La Piana Consulting, and taught Business Writing at the University of California at Berkeley. She consults on effective communication and leads on-site and online workshops for clients including IKEA, Hitachi Data Systems, Hewlett Packard, Granite Construction, National Semiconductor, and the Port of Oakland. Her focus is on developing job-relevant, engaging training solutions that help people work more effectively and efficiently. Natasha gives keynote speeches and large-audience presentations on business communications at conferences and seminars.

About Write It Well
Write It Well is a training and consulting company that helps people in the workplace communicate clearly and work together effectively. Write It Well offers step-by-step techniques to improve business writing through on-site and online training courses, as well as business writing books with companion facilitator guides - including Professional Writing Skills, How to Write Reports and Proposals, Grammar for Grownups, and E-Mail: A Write It Well Guide. Visit http://www.writeitwell.com for more information.

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