June 15, 2020

Anna Tavis, Academic Director of Human Capital Management, Featured in HBR’s “How to Do Performance Reviews — Remotely”

Anna Tavis, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor and Academic Director of Human Capital Management at the NYU SPS Division of Programs in Business, spoke with the Harvard Business Review for a recent article, “How to Do Performance Reviews — Remotely.” Tavis shared strategies for effectively conducting performance evaluations amidst the challenges of COVID-19. 

Along with the need for empathic and not transactional assessment, Tavis stressed the importance of strengthening organizational culture and values. “How the company treats its employees in this situation will make or break the culture,” said Tavis. She encouraged supervisors to view this process as an opportunity to build resilience and agility for a more sustainable workplace. 

"How is this employee proactively communicating? How are they connecting with clients and colleagues? Who are they helping? Put those questions front and center."


Dr. Tavis leads the NYU SPS Human Capital Management (HCM) department, which is dedicated to shaping the agenda on the future of work and developing the next generation of HR leaders. HCM programs include the MS in Human Resource Management and Development, the MS in Human Capital Management, the MS in Human Capital Analytics & Technology, and the MS in Executive Coaching and Organization Consulting, as well as professional development certificates and courses.  

DPB is the largest division at NYU School of Professional Studies, with over 2,200 students, 500 faculty, and 6,700 alumni. The Division comprises four centers of excellence that educate leaders in the functional areas of an enterprise. Each department’s credit and non-credit offerings serve students at every level of their careers, providing them with the knowledge and skills required to succeed in critical positions in their professional development.

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