Small Business is our Business

The August 2013 issue of Manager’s Legal Bulletin had an extremely informative article on the mistakes managers make when evaluating staff.  The most common mistakes—-

*Rating all employees as average.  Don’t do this.  Employees perceive this as an “easy and lazy way out” for managers .  This will also anger top performers and encourage poor performers  to maintain the status quo.

*Failure to explain the reasons for the ratings.  Always provide concrete examples that back up your ratings.

*Putting too much emphasis on how employees stack up against one another.  Don’t.  Base your evaluations on performance standards and expectations.

*Evaluations based only on recent performance.  Reviews should cover an entire 12 month period and address progress over that time period.

*Letting personal feelings influence the evaluation.

Pretty sound advice.

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