Performance Appraisals Can Be Effective and Easy – You Just Don’t Know It Yet

by Erin Bair on October 23, 2017

in Performance Management

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Last year I wrote an article in NewsBrief about the challenges of designing (or redesigning) an organization’s Performance Management system. So when we launched our own Performance Appraisal software last fall, in partnership with Intelesoft, I expected the phone to ring off the hook. We offered a free demonstration to members and everyone who saw it thought it looked great. But after the demo, interest dropped off and I couldn’t understand why.

After doing a recent training on Performance Management, I’m beginning to understand why: not enough people know about it! So many of our members are still using up precious time and energy with pen and paper forms or Word docs that are outdated and ineffective. To be fair, it’s easy to see why the initial launch may not have grabbed everyone’s attention – it’s been a really busy year!

However, I’m renewing my efforts because I hate seeing our members suffer. So many people feel like they have to start from scratch or they get lost sifting through Google results on “performance appraisal best practices.” Please stop. Cascade has your back.

Want goal setting and well-crafted and defined performance criteria? We’ve got that. Want just one or the other? We can do that, too. Want to customize it? Sure. Want an easy way to keep track of performance conversations, supervisor notes, anniversary dates, and easily analyze trends? Check. Check. Check. Check.

In essence, Cascade took each of the best practices we teach about and rolled them into a robust and extremely easy to use platform. If you’re interested I can set up a virtual demo so you don’t even have to go anywhere to see it. I will also be doing a webinar later this fall so that you don’t even have to wait for me to take a look. The demo will be at your fingertips handily housed on Cascade’s website.

In the meantime, please don’t suffer in silence chasing down supervisors and sifting through stacks of paper. Please reach out to me at

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