The performance review document is a visible part of a larger performance management process. If the process is not in place, simply completing a form is unlikely to change behavior or results.
Evaluate your attitude towards your employees.
- Treat employees as a valuable resource with untapped potential;
- Believe that people want to excel;
- Empower people through counseling, guidance and support; and
- See performance review as a means to develop employee potential.
- Establish your goals.
- Make clear that your purpose is not to judge or criticize but to improve performance.
- When dealing with substandard performance, be specific regarding changes needed and what will be considered acceptable performance.
- Ask for the employee's help in solving the problem.
- Ask the employee questions to better understand the level of performance.
- Don't assume you have all the answers.
- Encourage the employee to work toward solutions.
- Help build solutions.
- Identify ways to create specific improvement.
- Plan to meet in the future to check progress. Create a plan for follow up and stick to it.
- Document plans and agreements.