Thursday, September 17, 2009
Employee Performance Reviews: inherently messed up?
As a manager, I have always committed to getting employee performance reviews right. In an industry where the "resources" walk out to the parking lot every day, it just makes sense for the business. For me, while there's no escaping evaluating the individuals, it's been more the respect owed to them and helping them get to where they want to go in their careers. An employee who feels good about things is the one who helps the business get to where it needs to go. Because I agonized over them, my hope is that anyone I wrote a review for will remember an evaluation that reflected a lot of care and thought. Yes, even the ones I had to write next to an ocean while on vacation. Where possible, I tried for these things:
- Participating with the company leadership to set high-level goals and values
- Working with my teams to set local supportive goals
- Working with the individual team members to set their personal and work goals