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Compare and contrast the advantages/disadvantages of a Common Merit Date vs an Anniversary Date for annual merit increases. Which method would an employee receiving an increase find preferable and which method would a manager administering merit reviews find preferable? Site references where applicable.

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Anniversary vs common date reviews

Anniversary dates are used to evaluate employees based on the date of hire. This process is seen as a good one because the person has a chance to learn the process and gain experience before the review is conducted. It is also an ongoing process for managers, allowing them to compare worker progress according to set standards and now in competition with other workers. The system also has a regular schedule for the employee, the anniversary date of hiring.

However, there are issues with the process if it is ongoing. It is harder to implement changes in the process or to train in a new process for evaluation. Some people would be evaluated in the old system and the next person based on new criteria. These changes in criteria are often seen as unfair to some employees. Anniversary dates can also be missed, dependent on the work schedule and responsibilities of the manager. Others see it as a way to spend more time on employee evaluations, though it spreads out the work of HR over longer periods of time. The process runs year round and any changes in status or reporting must be handled in an ongoing manner. ...

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A review of the advantages and disadvantages of the two types of employee review dates.

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