A performance appraisal enables you to assess, in an objective and fair manner, the progress and performance of your employees. You also have the chance to speak with them individually to learn about their concerns or worries at work. During a performance appraisal, you will review whether targets have been met, and set new goals to be achieved.
Most managers tend to dread giving performance appraisals; however, it is a necessary task that all companies should employ to ensure long-term employee retention and high productivity rates.
It is important that you are skilled in the ‘art’ of performance reviews as a poorly structure review can have a far more detrimental effect on your staff than if you had never given one!
The question is – just how good are you are giving performance reviews?
#1 Do you take time to learn each employees' role in the company?
#2 Have you got an up to date report on each employee and their progress?
#3 Do you provide regular feedback to your staff?
#4 Have you established a system whereby employees know that the reviews will take place twice yearly for example?
#5 Do you use a tailored report sheet that you take notes down on during a review?
#6 Do you follow the same guidelines for each employee?
#7 Have your performance reviews helped boost overall productivity in the company?
#8 Do your employees look forward to their reviews?
#9 Have you received positive feedback from your staff about your performance review methods?
#10 Has your performance reviews enabled you to developer a more solid working relationship with your staff?
If you answered yes to these questions, you can rest assured that you are a pro at giving performance appraisals. Not only do you get the best from your staff, but you use your reviews to better connect with them on a professional level.
If you struggled to answer yes to most of these questions, you may simply need to brush up on your performance review skills. You need to be confident in your approach and have the meeting planned out from start to finish. You also must take notes on a regular basis to help you tailor each review according to the individual employee.
Remember: A performance review is there to help your employees improve, rather than to catch out those who have done badly.