How to Make Performance Evaluations Really Work

If no one is going to teach managers how to write performance assessments, they're going to have to pick it up on their own. The quicker, the better. The guidelines below can provide a framework for improving employee evaluations in any work setting:

• Review evaluations written by other experienced managers to see what works and what doesn't. 
Keep notes throughout the evaluation period. Don't rely on recall at the end. 
• Seek input from other observers when appropriate. 
• Base written evaluations on multiple, first-hand observations. 
• Know what you're looking for. Evaluate the right things. Concentrate exclusively on factors directly related to job performance. 
• Be complete. Include the good, the bad and the ugly. Don't be afraid to criticize. Don't forget to praise. 
• Focus on improvement. Use the evaluation to set goals for better performance. 
• Supplement periodic written evaluations with frequent verbal feedback. Negative written evaluation should never come as a surprise. 
Be as specific as possible. Use examples. 
• Relate evaluations to previous reviews. Are things better? Worse? The same? 
• Allow plenty of time to prepare evaluations properly. Don't work under pressure. 
• Be willing to change an evaluation if new information becomes available. 

Good supervisors are never satisfied with the assessments they write. There is always room for improvement.
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