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How to Get More from Your Employee Review Process

December 17th, 2019

The end of the year is a busy time for many managers, as you’re wrapping up projects and working on future budgets. It’s also the time when you’re conducting performance reviews, adding even more hustle and bustle to your daily calendar.

However, these are necessary for many reasons. So don’t consider skipping out on them or simply going through the motions. When you conduct thorough reviews with each of your team members, you can:

  • Better define goals and expectations.
  • Identify those employees who have leadership potential.
  • Offer ways in which you’d like to see employees improve.
  • Give recognition and praise in areas where an employee has performed well.
  • Answer questions, address concerns, and help employees overcome any challenges they’re facing in the workplace.

In the end, these reviews are really about helping employees to develop, achieve more success in the year ahead, and contribute to a stronger, healthier team overall. To help you make the most of these vital conversations, here are a few tips from the Spokane, WA recruiters at Provisional Recruiting to consider:

Prepare ahead of time.

Don’t walk into an employee review and just wing it. You owe your employee some insightful and authentic feedback and you can’t give it if you don’t prepare ahead of time. So make sure you know what you’re going to talk about, have examples ready of performance issues if you need them, and outline what goals and expectations you have for them in the future.

Make it a conversation.

When it comes to an employee review, it’s not the time to go point-by-point through every mistake they’ve made during the year. This is a bigger picture conversation about strengths and weaknesses, where they can improve and where you see them developing and contributing in the year ahead.

Also, remember it’s a conversation, not a monologue. So ask them to share their thoughts, opinions and insights during the meeting. This also helps to ensure they understand what you’re telling them and you’re both on the same page.

Commit to more feedback in the year ahead.

If you only give your employees feedback once a year, then you’re missing out on important opportunities to help them grow and develop. So in the year ahead, commit to giving them more feedback, both positive and negative, and keeping your door open to them so they’re comfortable coming to you for advice and with questions. The most effective approach to improving performance is through regular feedback. So get in the habit of it.

Are you planning to hire in 2020?

Let the team at Provisional Recruiting help. While you focus on your employee review process, our team of experienced Spokane, WA recruiters can handle every aspect of recruiting, screening, interviewing and vetting, all so you make a great hiring choice in the New Year. Contact us today to learn more or get started.