For most managers, the performance review process is a time-consuming and sometimes stressful task. And, thanks in part to new performance appraisal software tools and ever-evolving workplace environments and cultures, performance reviews are now carried out in lots of different ways. But no matter how you conduct them, there are certain performance review tips that you can put into action to help make sure you’re building a better review experience for yourself and your employees. Read on –
Solicit 360° Feedback
When it’s time to give a performance review, make sure you gather feedback from the employee’s peers, direct reports and supervisors (if it’s not you). Prior to the review, you should also have your employee conduct a self-evaluation of his strengths and weaknesses. And request that he’s prepared to talk about it.
Know the Goals
Performance reviews are about evaluating and documenting the job performance of an employee. In order to do that, you need a baseline to measure against. That baseline is the goal(s) that you and your employee established earlier in the year. Without well-defined goals, the review will not be effective.
Break It Down
Don’t keep performance reviews to just one day a year. Although a formal meeting is likely a requirement for your organization, that doesn’t need to be the only day out of the year when you’re talking about productivity with your employee. Break the conversation down with monthly or quarterly check-in meetings where you talk about the year’s goals, and how things are shaping up in terms of job performance.
An employee shouldn’t be surprised with unexpected news. Information about performance – both good and bad – should be talked about right when it happens. Don’t pull it out of the woodwork for the first time during the review.
Performance Review Tips for Employees
There are tips that employees should also keep in mind to ensure a productive, positive outcome:
Keep notes of your accomplishments throughout the work year. Before your review, have a good understanding of what went well – and not so well – in your job this year. Share examples with your manager, and be ready to talk about them.
Know Your Goals
Be aware of what your goals were for the past year. Were you successful in achieving them? What will be your goal for the next year? Generate some ideas before the review and discuss them with your manager.
With these performance review tips, you are ready for the appraisal season! If you’d like additional tips and insights about recruiting, staffing or skills assessments for your organization, connect with A.R. Mazzotta.