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Dear Workforce How Do We Implement a New Performance-Management System Using New Managers

October 1, 2004
We have a problem centered on two issues: a new performance-management system and a lot of new managers. These new managers are uncomfortable doing employee evaluations because they have only recently started working here themselves. Likewise, employees don’t want to be evaluated by the new managers because they don’t know how they work (although they want some form of evaluation because it’s tied to salary considerations). We contemplated allowing these employees, who often served as "deputies" of our former managers, to do the evaluations themselves. But I’m concerned about how this might influence the evaluations. What should we do?
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Shopper's Special

September 3, 2004
Analysts who study Trader Joe's, a quirky specialty grocery chain, attribute its success to its ability to make money by saving money. It uses private labels instead of brand names, deals directly with producers to cut out middlemen, rents cheap real estate for its stores and keeps the square footage small. Another secret to Trader Joe's success is its helpful employees. They know how to move groceries, which boosts store margins.
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