Part 1 of the Performance Reviews Series gave an overview of what they are and the various formats they can take. In this blog, Isobel looks at how to successfully embed performance reviews into a business and ensure that they have a positive impact, rather than being seen as just a tick box exercise!
By Isobel Hallam
The format of the performance review needs to fit with the style of your business and your culture and values. If your values are people-focused and encourage regular, open communication, there is no point enforcing an annual written performance review as it won’t motivate the people you have in the business!
Also, who says they have to take place annually? My problem with annual performance reviews is that they are loooong and duuuuull and require you to remember situations that happened right at the beginning of the year! If, like me, you have the memory of a goldfish, you’ll find that key achievements are missed off the appraisal form, simply because you’ve either forgotten about them or you’ve been there, got the T-shirt and moved on to bigger and better things!
Performance development is a continuous process, so why not continually review it? It doesn’t have to be a long drawn out process, or even particularly formal, but this way, feedback is regular, achievements are recognised and congratulated and mistakes are picked up on sooner rather than later.
It’s important to launch the performance review process, rather than simply dive in head first. This way, expectations are clearly defined, and everyone has received the same training as to how to complete a performance appraisal.
It might be that someone raises something at this stage that causes you to alter the process or the questions slightly.
By piloting the process for a defined period, you can get real-time feedback and adjust the process afterwards to improve its efficiency.
Once you’ve sought, responded to, and taken feedback on board and everyone (the majority) is happy that the process in place is the correct one for the company, you should find:
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