The performance review process can be stressful and unpleasant for both employers and staff members. Giving and receiving feedback is often a challenging process that can put everyone on edge. However, the performance review process should be a time when employees can make sure they are making the most of their human resources and be inspired to work on their weaknesses and enhance their professional development.
To make sure the performance review process goes as smoothly and efficiently as possible:
- Create a culture where feedback is provided throughout the year: A performance review is typically offered on a set schedule, such as once per quarter or once per year. By the time the performance review process comes around, most managers have forgotten details of what they wanted to bring up and most employees are nervous about what the process will entail. By making sure regular constructive feedback and support are provided throughout the year, the performance review won’t be such a big deal for either party. Plus, when feedback is given in real-time, problems can be corrected right away.
- Take the time to really listen: In far too many cases, employees get defensive or start making excuses. Don’t do this. Take time to carefully consider recommendations and suggestions made in the performance review to ensure you can make improvements going forward. Often, outsiders are better able to evaluate strengths and weaknesses than individuals, so don’t waste the opportunity to get feedback from someone who has observed your efforts.
- Make sure feedback and criticism are constructive: If an employer is preparing a performance review, it is important to ensure criticisms and negative comments are included in the review for a reason, not just to pick on the employee. Ideally, if there are areas where improvement is needed, the reviewer should provide specific details about the process recommended to improve.
Performance reviews go better when employees and employers are a good fit. High Profile can help companies and job seekers ensure the right candidate is hired in the right position. To find out more about how our staffing professionals can maximize the chances that performance reviews will go smoothly since candidates will be competent and qualified, give us a call today.