Here’s a quick update on some items and topics that have been covered by the blog over the past year:

Whether individuals believe in performance reviews or not, organizations are increasingly looking to hold managers accountable for accurate, timely and unbiased appraisals which help manage performance and head off legal issues.

“A lot of people are asking questions, given the financial crisis, about what HR or human capital programs companies should be focused on and performance management would definitely make my short list,” said Laura Sejen, Watson Wyatt’s global practice director for strategic rewards in New York. “It’s more important than ever to make sure that employees and managers are clear about organizational goals and priorities.”