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1. The total return on an investment over a period of time.

2. A subjective measure of how an investment or the market generally is doing over a period of time.

3. In contracts, substantial completion of an agreed-upon task. That is, a party to a contract performs the contract when he has more-or-less completed what he has agreed to do, with no or only minor work left to do.
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Performance, expressed as a percentage, measures the total return an investment provides over a specific period. It can be positive, representing a gain in value, or negative, representing a loss.

While return is reported on a second-to-second and day-to-day basis, short-term results are less significant an indicator of strength or weakness than performance over longer periods, such as one, five, or ten years.

Past performance is one of the factors you can use to evaluate a specific investment, but there's no guarantee that those results will be repeated in the future. What past performance can tell you is the way the investment has previously reacted to fluctuations in the markets, and, in the case of managed funds, something about the skills of the manager.

An investment is said to outperform when its return is stronger than the return of its benchmark or peers over the same period. Conversely, it is said to underperform if its results lag those of its benchmark or peer.

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In contracts, the substantial completion of all duties and responsibilities. Note: The exact meaning of the word “substantial” is the cause of much litigation in contract law.
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This conceptualization of journalistic role performance has been successfully applied to several journalistic contexts (Hellmueller & Mellado, 2016; Mellado, Marquez-Ramirez, Mick, Oller Alonso, & Olivera, 2016; Mellado et al., 2017b; Mellado & van Dalen, 2014, 2017; Stepinska, Jurga-Wosik, Adamczewska, Selcer, & Narozna, 2016; Wang, Sparks, Lu, & Huang, 2017).
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H6: Employee engagement mediates the relationship between LMX and work role performance.
Xu & Thomas (2010) in their analysis to Kahn's definition stated that: engaged employees draw their "whole selves" in an integrated manner to promote their role performance because three antecedent conditions are met: employees feel psychologically safe, they have sufficient personal resources encouraging their devotion to such performances, and their work is sufficiently meaningful that such personal investment is perceived as worthwhile.
Hallmarks are strong leadership capability approach and outcome-based leadership for an effective leadership role performance.
By understanding where to invest in tightly controlled performance standards (where it is acceptable to have more relaxed standards) and where to encourage variation, organizations can begin to leverage the risk associated with role performance variance.
Time based: It often possible that time spent on one role performance of routine hinders the role performance of other routine.
Disability in social role performance (M = 3.26, SD = 0.43) and Global disability (M = 4, SD = 0.59) in depressive group was also high as compared to alcoholic dependent group (M = 2.94, SD =0.46; M = 3.53, SD = 0.68) (Table 2).
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* Academic/practice partnerships support an educated and diverse nursing workforce to maximize competence and role performance to meet the needs of increasingly complex work environments.
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