The Performance Review -- Make It Work For The Employer, Not The Lawyer

SHRM 2013 Annual Conference
Workplace Application: You will learn steps you can take to ensure performance reviews give you a positive ROI instead of making you vulnerable to claims.
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Performance appraisals have long been cross-examination favorites of plaintiffs' attorneys. Drawing on his best practices research for SHRM, Janove will show you what some employers have done to make performance reviews good for their employees - and bad for their employees' lawyers. We will discuss how to structure performance reviews to ensure that effective feedback is given and what training to give supervisors to ensure the program's success. The steps you need to take to prevent performance reviews from becoming tools in the hands of plaintiffs' attorneys will also be examined.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm

Jathan Janove


Jathan Janove is an internationally published author, including Managing To Stay Out Of Court: How To Avoid The 8 Deadly Sins Of Mismanagement, which Dr. Stephen R. Covey described as “Marvelous! Every manager will benefit immensely,” and which Richard Drezen of the Washington Post described as “an extraordinarily useful book for managers and workers.” He is also the author of The Star Profile: A Management Tool To Unleash Employee Potential, Gold Medal winner, Business & Career, at Book Expo America 2009. His latest book is Hard-Won Wisdom: True Stories From The Management Trenches. NYT bestselling author and world-renowned executive coach Marshall Goldsmith states, “Read this insightful book. It contains compelling stories with specific, actionable advice that will help anyone’s career.” NYT bestselling author Daniel H. Pink states, “By sharing many of his best stories and experiences, Jathan Janove creates a short-cut for us to the knowledge needed to become an empathetic, effective leader in the workplace.”

Jathan writes the “Are Your Employees Engaged?” blog column for Business Management Daily, and blogs on his website. A longtime contributor to HR Magazine, Jathan has been quoted in publications including the New York Times and Forbes.

Additional information about Jathan:

·       President of the Organization Development Network of Oregon.

·       Served as President/Board Chair of two other non-profit organizations, and as Chief Administrative Officer of one.

·       Co-creator and moderator of the HR Specialist Summit.

·       Founded and managed a law firm, and served as an Office Managing Shareholder and Director of Employee Engagement Solutions of a large international law firm.

·       25 years’ experience representing employers with employee relations challenges.

·       Certified executive coach (team and individual): Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder Centered Coaching, and trained on DiSC personality styles.

·       Citizen Lawyer of the Year 2006, J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Salt Lake Chapter, and Utah State Bar Labor & Employment Lawyer of the Year, 2005.

·       Client testimonials.

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HR Credit
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Concurrent Session
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