When you use a 1-page performance review process you build a stronger, committed and more efficient team
You have probably been using the same system for performance appraisals for many years, and on some level, it has probably worked for you, but would the answer be the same if you asked the members of your team?
There is a great deal of science about the performance review process, however this is only relevant when you take seriously the value of the performance review to your business.
In a nutshell you need to follow the process and make it non-negotiable time in your business calendar.
Here are some steps to help you along the way:
1) Use a simple appraisal form – we have all been there, when you are handed a 10-page document to fill in. It’s time consuming, overcomplicated and unnecessary. A one page form will help you focus on the issues that really matter
2) Give the performance review your full and wholehearted attention. Don’t allow the meeting to be interrupted in anyway and ensure the person realises that for this time you are focused on them. The value that comes from this one to one time cannot be measured.
3) Make the performance review diary time that cannot be changed, reduced or cancelled. This can be very disheartening if it happens, a team member will feel how unimportant to you (the manager) the performance review really is.
4) Make sure the performance review reflects the culture of your company.