We use cookies to improve your experience. By using our site you are accepting our cookie policy. 
Read our privacy policy to learn more.

Performance Management

Performance Management

Linda Ashdown

From £20.82

Get the best out of the people in your organization by understanding and implementing the principles of effective performance management with this book.

Buy product
Buy now

About the book

In today's competitive and challenging workplaces, it is more important than ever to get the best out of our people. Effective performance management is at the heart of organization success, delivering able, motivated workers, who are aligned to the organization's values and goals. This book takes us on a journey from a broad, holistic exploration of performance management, into a deeper "how do we do this and add real value?" approach to managing the core activities of performance management, such as objective-setting and giving feedback. It takes a firmly practical stance, providing guidance and ideas both for human resource practitioners and line managers who want performance management to be valuable for the organization and its employees. Drawing on the author's practical experience of working in HR, this book contains case studies, interviews and activities to support the reader in applying their learning in the workplace.

Performance Management is part of the brand new HR Fundamentals series, offering practical advice to HR professionals starting out in their career, completing CPD training or studying for their professional qualifications with the CIPD.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 01: What is performance management?;
    • Chapter - 02: Why is it important?;
    • Chapter - 03: How does it fit with organization and HRM strategy?;
    • Chapter - 04: How does it work?;
    • Chapter - 05: How do you do it?;
    • Chapter - 06: Planning and action;
    • Chapter - 07: Measurement;
    • Chapter - 08: Conclusion


Performance Management provides a cogent and compelling narrative about the purpose, value and practical implementation of the essential components needed to create a high performance culture. It should be read by anyone who aspires to deliver outstanding results by aligning business goals with the full potential of the organization to achieve them.
Steve Gatfield, former CEO, Lowe Worldwide and EVP, Interpublic Group

Linda Ashdown's book comprises a very useful addition to the performance management literature. It places performance management in context, and both the current examples and historical backdrop aid understanding. The book is clearly written, unpacks some complex concepts and issues, and will be accessible to a diverse readership. The in-chapter exercises, including case studies and diagnostic questionnaires, should help to bring out practical applications of the subject area via discussion and independent study.
Dr Ray French, Professor in Organizational Behavior, Portsmouth Business School

This book is very readable and insightful. It's ideal for people new to the topic and those more experienced in performance management. The real-life examples and practical exercises will inspire and encourage line managers and HR practitioners to deliver effective performance management at work.
Caroline Beard, Head of Employer Solutions, CIPD

This book equips HR professionals with an 'up-to-date' guide that is filled with extensive practical application and experience, with a refreshing viewpoint into this specialism.
Marie Proctor, HR Advisor, Carillion

A comprehensive insight into the subject of performance management. This book provides both practical guidance and a useful 'toolkit' of real-life examples enabling the reader to understand how performance management can support organizations in ever-changing and competitive markets. A highly recommended resource for HR professionals and line managers.
Diane Fishlock, Human Resources Manager, TAG Aviation (UK) Limited

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749469979
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd August 2014
  • Paperback
  • Format: 235x155
  • 216 pages
  • Series: HR Fundamentals Series

About the Author

Linda Ashdown is a Human Resource Management specialist. She spent many years working in the Advertising Industry and was HR Director for Leo Burnett Advertising Ltd. She has also worked as a lecturer delivering a range of HRM/Management courses at degree and postgraduate level. She currently enjoys a portfolio career working part-time at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in the Assessment Department, lecturing at Portsmouth University and providing HRM services through her own company Ashdown-Jones HR Ltd.

Linda Ashdown

Other titles by this author

Related blog posts