The New Performance EvaluationTodays evaluation process, or more specifically, the actual performance review, should not be ananxiety causing, once a year meeting between employee and manager. If your organizationcontinues to employ the old school philosophy and practice of employee evaluations, its time toshift your thinking and processes.IntroductionThe evaluation process, which includes one or several face-to-face meetings between employeeand supervisor, must be part of a larger, well defined agreement of goals, expectations, andregular, ongoing feedback. Ensuring regular conversations and feedback with staff, creates anopen, two-way, and relaxed environment to work in, and to provide feedback and evaluation. Asmanagers, we need to coach and care for our staff by providing them with clear direction,expectations, goals, and feedback.Creating a Performance CultureThe evaluation process as a whole, or what is often called the performance management system,should serve as a motivator to employees, and not something to worry about. The performancereview process should provide direction and set goals for employees so they know whatsexpected of them and can perform independently. This kind of planning allows employees to worktoward personal and professional goals and encourages success beyond expectation.If designed correctly, the performance review will: • Improve communication. • Allow employees to be part of their professional development plans. • Increase productivity. • Identify performance issues and train to correct them. • Determine goals and create action plans to improve employee skills.Recognizing the performance review as a two-way street between manager and employeemeans each has a responsibility toward it, and a specific role within it, for it to be successful.The employee must: • Take an honest approach in completing a self-assessment of success and failures, strengths and weaknesses of their performance, and identification of their goals, and objectives.The manager, and the organization, needs to: • Support a culture of growth, self-improvement, learning, and risk-taking, while providing coaching where there are gaps, recognition of successes, and ongoing listening of issues, concerns, or challenges.This is why learning and development departments must align with HR. The performance reviewsystem is where identification of learning programs, skill development, and knowledge needs
comes from. Based on the identification by employees of their areas of weakness, or where theywant to know more, or gain strengths, is the breeding ground for new programs.Performance Planning is Win/WinOrganizational success means individual success, and individual success means organizationalsuccess. Consider the following win/win opportunities through a well defined, managedperformance review system:To read more about how to create and implement a “modern day” performance review, callRuth Kustoff@ 860.256.7879 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how modifyingyour performance review processes can improve employee morale and retention. Thank you.