How to Develop a Best In Class Associate Evaluation Program

Posted in: Alumni Career Services- Apr 13, 2014 Comments Off on How to Develop a Best In Class Associate Evaluation Program

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 12:30 – 1:30pm

In a professional service firm, whether the employees are lawyers, accountants, consultants, bankers, or another type, the firm’s success or failure is closely tied to its ability to hire, develop and retain those top quality, hard-working professionals.

It is no secret that there is a strong correlation between job satisfaction and employee retention. And it is well documented that an employee’s level of job satisfaction is heavily influenced by the quality and regularity of the training, feedback and mentoring he or she receives.

A well-developed and properly executed evaluation process will keep valuable employees regularly advised of how they are doing, will provide helpful advice for improvement and will serve as a guide for their continued advancement within your organization.

This webinar will provide a roadmap to:
•Develop a process and a time line for conducting regular evaluations;
•Establishing and picking a committee of supervisory employees to administer the evaluations;
•Allowing the employees who are being evaluated to participate in the process by providing their own input, feedback and suggestions;
•Establishing a clear rating system that allows the employee to measure and track his or her progress towards advancements and promotions;
•Running committee meetings for the purpose of discussing the evaluations and determining the employee’s rating;
•Providing both written and oral feedback—including both positive comments and constructive criticisms—to the employees after the evaluations have been completed; and
•Tying promotions, bonuses and salary increases to positive evaluation results.

Bill Kummerer (L'88) has been practicing corporate law for the past 20 years. Shortly after becoming a partner at his prior law firm more than 15 years ago, he has been serving on the firm’s 60-attorney associate evaluation committee. For the past 7 years, Kummerer has been on the Associate Evaluation Committee at VedderPrice and is now Chairman of that committee, overseeing ~125 associates.

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