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SkillSoft Giving Free Access to Three of its Most Popular Performance Management Courses

Performance Management Courses Help Managers Overcome Fear of Performance Appraisals

NASHUA, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SkillSoft, a leading SaaS provider of e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small to medium-sized businesses, today announced that it is offering professionals free access to three of its most popular performance management courses to help prepare for the annual performance appraisal season. The goal is to encourage better preparation for appraisals and also to help reduce the anxiety that is often associated with them.

SkillSoft's performance management courses are available in convenient one-hour formats designed for the busy professional. Each 60-minute block delivers critical information that can be easily—and immediately—applied to their jobs. With 14 localized languages to draw from, the business skills library is a valuable resource for developing the global workforce and attaining the highest levels of organizational performance.

The series of courses is designed to help managers understand why performance management is important while preparing them to conduct actual appraisals. The courses provide specific steps to prepare for an effective review and teach specific skills for analyzing and addressing performance problems. Special attention is paid to giving feedback and the difficult conversations that can sometimes lead to emotional or awkward situations that produce stress for managers and employees.

"Performance reviews can cause anxiety for employees, and managers often feel even more anxious that the employees about giving them," said John Ambrose, senior vice president, strategy, corporate development and emerging business, SkillSoft. "In addition, managers pressed for time will often put off preparing for or even performing reviews. Ultimately, employees and teams suffer from the lack of communication, and this can impact the general morale of the business unit or organization. When managers embrace this process as a critical part of an employee development program, everyone benefits."

SkillSoft's free course giveaway offer is open to professionals who want to improve their performance management skills. The three courses included in the giveaway are:

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About SkillSoft

SkillSoft is a leading SaaS provider of on-demand e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small to medium-sized businesses. SkillSoft enables business organizations to maximize business performance through a combination of comprehensive e-learning content, online information resources, flexible learning technologies and support services. SkillSoft is on the web at

Content offerings include business, IT, desktop, compliance and consumer/SMB courseware collections, as well as complementary content assets such as Leadership Development Channel video products, KnowledgeCenter(TM) portals, virtual instructor-led training services and online mentoring services. SkillSoft's Books24x7(R) product offering includes access to more than 30,000 digitized IT and business books, as well as book summaries and executive reports. Technology offerings include the SkillPort(R) learning management system, Search & Learn(R), SkillSoft(R) Dialogue(TM) virtual classroom, and inGenius(R).

SkillSoft courseware content described herein is for information purposes only and is subject to change without notice. SkillSoft has no obligation or commitment to develop or deliver any future release, upgrade, feature, enhancement or function described in this press release except as specifically set forth in a written agreement.

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