Performance appraisals are often dreaded by both manager and employee alike. Managers are not often trained in how to deliver a good review and, therefore, rush through them unprepared and often behind schedule. Employees worry that their review will be sub-par and come into it defensive and weary. However, the idea behind the appraisal is sound and gives a regular opportunity to determine an employee’s progress and growth and adjust accordingly.
Performance reviews should be delivered on time. A late appraisal sends a message to the employee that their work is not valued and the review is not as important as other pressing deadlines. Making an employee feel undervalued is not great way to start off a review. Also, it is important to focus on recent events and not to regularly bring up issues from the past unless they are still occurring or unresolved.
There are several areas where consistency may become a problem in a performance review. A big one is allowing the managers comments to conflict with what the actual review document has stated. Another inconsistency is faulting only one employee for a problem that many employees are demonstrating. If it is to be listed for one, it must be listed for all.
Avoid personal labels and stereotypes when completing a performance review. Let only the employee’s performance determine their appraisal. This is the best outcome for the manager, employee and the company as a whole.
A good performance review cannot be one-sided. If the manager does all the talking and does not seek the input of the employee, the review will always unbalanced. Encouraging discussion with an employee will allow for questions, a better sense of their point of view, and better teamwork.
It becomes difficult to judge an employee based on their performance if there has been no standard given or end result to reach for. Goals are an essential part of the performance review process. Without goals, the employer and employee cannot be on the same page in terms of expectations. Also, goals give the employee something to strive for.