It is appraisal time…Once a year employees see for the first and last time comments and feedback about their performance!!
Performance appraisal is supposed to be an ongoing process throughout the year. If you as a manager really want your company and your employees to benefit the most from their appraisal, then you have to have regular meetings throughout the year. Those meetings are intended to discuss the employees’ performance, achievements, plusses and minuses, and you have to:
- Take care not to be too positive nor too negative. Do not praise too much to the extent that could make the employee stop trying to become better. And do not be too critical and show him as an all negative person. Balance between encouraging and motivating to do better.
- Always keep track of all the tasks handled by your team and how they handled it with all your notes on them. You must use those notes in your regular meetings to discuss all positives and negatives on due time.
- If you have a recurring comment on the performance of one of your team you have to discuss it with him and help him resolve it. Do not wait for the appraisal to tell him/her that he has a weakness.
- You have to listen as well. Do not just spend the meetings talking; listen to be able to help if needed.
- When you criticize you have to explain how you can help. Or give hints and tips of how this employee can help himself enhance his performance. If you criticize only, your meetings will be pointless. Have an objective in mind and work to achieve it out of those meetings.
- Establish and explain clearly a full Policy for reward and punishment.
- Establish and explain clearly a full policy of performance level expectations. Explain clearly to your staff how they will be evaluated and what is expected out of them to give them a chance to perform well.
If you succeed in doing all the above, then you can really execute a true performance appraisal system that is both fair and a true reflection of performance.
Without all the above your appraisal is just an act that you put to fake that you are executing your work in a professional way!