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Performance Reviews That Work

Too often, performance reviews are a waste of time. Yours and everyone else's.

Usually that happens if your annual review is just a formality. You know, the same forms to fill out again, same canned questions and responses year after year. Just change the employee name, sign here and you're good to go.

Performance reviews, when done right, can be one of your best tools for keeping employees engaged, motivated and growing professionally. When that happens, you'll see improvement in morale, productivity and retention.

The key to success is providing feedback in an open, honest conversation about the meaningful aspects of the job.

A great review helps your employees identify growth opportunities and potential areas of improvement without damaging employee-manager relations, but writing a strong review isn't easy. Managers often don't receive enough guidance on what an effective and comprehensive review looks like. 

What to include in an employee performance review

Regardless of industry, most employee reviews include assessment of these skills: 

  • Communication
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Problem-solving
  • Quality and accuracy of work
  • Attendance, punctuality and reliability
  • The ability to accomplish goals and meet deadlines 

Do You Have Questions?

Employee performance reviews are important for every business, but their effectiveness depends on how they are conducted.

They can empower your employees to reach new heights – or they could drive them away from your company. 

Contact Alternative HR TODAY!

We are able to provide you with clear, straightforward steps to provide a no-nonsense approach you can use to successfully prepare and execute performance reviews that develop good people into great employees.

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Karen DeLange

Director of Operations-Senior Human Resources Consultant


Happy 11th Anniversary Karen DeLange!

You have been an essential part of our company's journey and success. We are eternally grateful for the dedication and passion you have shown.

Thank you for being with us! All the best to you and the contributions we know you will make in the years to come!

Happy Work Anniversary!

HR News Alert!

IRS Raises Standard Mileage Rates for Second Half of 2022

For the first time since 2011, the IRS has made a mid-year adjustment to the optional mileage rate used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business and certain other purposes. The agency said the change is in recognition of recent gasoline price increases.

Rate Increase

In Announcement2022-13, released June 9, 2022, the IRS increased the standard mileage rate for the final six months of 2022, starting July 1. During that period, the standard mileage rate for business travel will be 62.5 cents per mile, up four cents from the rate effective at the start of the year.

The new rate for deductible medical or moving expenses (available for active-duty members of the military) will be 22 cents for the remainder of 2022, up four cents from the rate effective at the start of 2022.

The rate for charitable organizations is set by statute and will remain unchanged at 14 cents per mile.


The optional business standard mileage rate is used to compute the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business use, in lieu of tracking actual costs. It is based on the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile, such as fuel, depreciation and insurance. The rate is also used as a benchmark by the federal government and businesses to reimburse their employees for mileage.

Taxpayers always have the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates.

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