Annual Performance Reviews


Leadership Tip of the Month by Ron Jasniowski


Many managers and employees dread annual performance reviews. Consequently annual reviews often aren't viewed as the opportunity of mutual benefit as they really are. Here are some tips to assist you with making your next performance review a positive and meaningful experience:

1.  Select a neutral location. You build respect with your employees if they see that you have confidence to be free from always being in a dominant position.

2.  Little should be new (no surprises). Both managers and employees fear surprises more than anything else about annual performance reviews. Never wait for months to discuss something that should have been addressed earlier.

3.  No employee discipline. Employee discipline needs to be addressed very near the time the negative behavior was exhibited. However you should gently recommend one or two character traits for the employee to work on for improving their performance.

4.  Convey you have their best interest at heart. Investing in your employees’ success upfront will reap long-term dividends which will free your time to do tasks that are more profitable than addressing personnel problems. Sincerely communicate that you are willing to invest in helping your employee become successful in their job. Also let them know how they can gain your favor. Employees want to know how they are performing and how to please their manager.

5.  When you are reviewed ... ask which character trait(s) would help you improve your performance. It is far better for us to learn our blind spots sooner than later so we don't unknowingly suffer the consequences for years.

Future issues will provide you with more details on how to help you reach the next level of leadership success.


You may want  to print this and discuss Annual Performance Reviews at your next leadership team meeting.


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