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6 Ways To Be Effective In Performance Reviews

Performance reviews will always take place in June of each year. In this meeting the employee is given the opportunity to provide feedback on his performance. You have discussion together to improve not only the performance, but also the collaboration.

The end of year review (in December) measured the performance in the past. In June, the performance Now and in the Future is discussed.

How will you be successful as a manager in those review sessions?

1. Be prepared

Do not underestimate the impact of the performance review. The employee has waited at least six months for this meeting. He wants a thorough report on his performance. Be clear, well prepared and provide time for the employee to clarify his feedback and ambitions.

2. Do not postpone the meeting

Meet the deadline to complete all performance appraisals in June. This also includes the report of the reviews!

3. Discuss the agenda, objectives & expectations of the conversation

The baseline for the conversation is the job profile. The agenda of a performance review should consist of the following components at least:

  • Introduction
  • Pre-Discussion Phase: The employee can highlight the topics he wants to discuss.
  • Discussion Phase: The manager and employee will discuss solutions and opportunities. Clear agreements and actions should be discussed. (The role of you as manager is to clarify ambitions, skills and abilities of the employee).
  • Discussion Phase (manager): You give your feedback about the performance of the employee. In addition, you should also discuss skills and/or knowledge the employee needs to improve in order to execute the job role or rotate to another position.
  • Discussion Phase (employee): The employee responds to the points discussed.
  • Completion: The agreements are summarised and formulated into clear objectives.

4. Have a procedure in place for if an employee disagrees with the feedback

The performance review session is a two-way conversation. If an employee disagrees with the feedback, please be clear on how the employee should indicate this and how it will be processed in the performance review report.

5. Get to the point

Be clear, speak as concisely as possible about their performance backed up with examples of recent events.

6. Put all agreements in writing

No written performance review report will have a negative impact on the motivation of employees. The employee will feel respected as their imput is captured. Additionally, the report is an essential document in the employee’s file as of non-performance or promotion.

Good luck in all your meetings!

Marieke Stoop

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