The thought of conducting a performance review can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether it’s your first appraisal or your hundredth, everyone could use a little help to ensure the process is both positive and productive for you and your team.
Follow these nine key steps to engage and motivate your team for effective evaluations year-round.
Make employee performance appraisals a priority. Start by choosing a place and time that suit both you and your staff member, and stick to that meeting. Schedule enough time so that you’re not rushing through the review.
Make sure your employee has access to their review well in advance of your meeting, so that they have time to go over it and prepare questions. During the review, try to focus on specific examples about their performance and stay away from vague statements.
Don’t wait for a formal sit-down review to either pat an individual team member on the back for a job well done or to discuss their poor work attitude. Effective leadership means addressing areas needing improvement and giving positive feedback on a regular basis.
Honesty is truly the best policy. While it’s not always easy to have a candid conversation, being transparent can make a huge difference in improving your team’s performance.
It’s important to set goals together. Remember to take the time to review the previous year’s goals and discuss what worked, what didn’t, and why. Then encourage your staff members to create goals they truly want to work on.
Take an interest in your team’s professional development. As their leader, you can coach and mentor them, and provide opportunities to take on new challenges and help them map out a development plan.
Today’s employees are craving constant feedback. The days of a single, annual performance review are long gone. Hold several reviews – maybe semi-annually or quarterly – to discuss performance and career development throughout the year.
Use performance review time to find out what your employees think about you. This will help your employees feel appreciated and give you the tools to make you a better leader.
Moving away from a paper-based process to an online tool can simplify the review process, promote fairness and consistency, encourage real-time feedback and help better manage and retain talent.
While making sure that an employee is doing well in their role, it is more important to ensure that they are enjoying their experience in the organization overall. Holding a productive performance review can come down to the internal tools and processes we use. Sprigg offers a simplified performance management solution which makes it easy for you to ensure that your employees are doing well in terms of performance but also that they feel completely supported and recognized by the organization.
If you are interested in learning more about how Sprigg can help you to improve the employee experience of your company, request a free demo with us today!