Memo: Positive Message

    As the Human Resources Manager at XYZ Industries, Inc., it is your pleasure to announce the
    addition of annual performance-based bonuses for mid-level managers and above. These
    bonuses will require annual performance reviews to discern the amount of the bonus. Draft a
    memo explaining this scenario to this specific group of employees.

    Address the memo to all mid-level managers and above at your company.

    Recommended Organization
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    – Begin your memo with the four standard memo heads (Date, To, From, Subject).

    – In the first paragraph of the body, start off with the good news. Memos do not begin with
    greetings or salutations. Explain what factors could have contributed to this new development
    (i.e. increased sales, raising stock price, etc.) and why the decision was made to reward
    employees with the surplus funds.

    – The second paragraph is where you explain the new process that the employees can expect.
    Outline the way that reviews will be handled, and by whom. Feel free to be creative (yet
    somewhat realistic) when outlining how the performance scores will translate into bonuses (i.e.
    tier system, seniority, contribution value).

    – In the third paragraph, be sure to validate any anticipated concerns employees may have about
    this adjustment. Explain the greater benefit in the long-term this decision provides and
    conclude your memo by indicating how the reader may contact you if he/she has any
    questions. In general, this section should be short & sweet, making sure that the employees
    know what is expected of them

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