Writing employee reviews is always a daunting task for supervisors, for many legitimate reasons: Judging others’ work often appears exceptionally perception-driven (vs. fact-driven), and providing honest feedback is potentially confrontational. Plus, if you overinflate grades, you create a record that may not withstand legal scrutiny if you later want to terminate or discipline the employee.
In reality, it doesn’t need to be that way. One simple way to reinvent the employee performance evaluation is to shift the responsibility for the initial assessment back to your employees, says Paul Falcone, an HR executive and best-selling author.
If you ask workers to grade themselves, you’ll find (more than likely) that they’re harder on themselves than you’d ever be! And this, more than any other exercise throughout the year, may place you and your supervisors in the roles of career mentors and coaches rather than unilateral decision-makers and disciplinarians.
Find out what three core questions you should include on employee evaluation forms when seeking self-evaluation from your staff in 10 Secrets to an Effective Performance Review: Examples and tips on writing employee reviews, performance evaluation, sample performance review and employee evaluation forms.