Do you cringe and look at your watch and your fully booked calendar when you think ofPerformance Appraisals? You are definitely not alone.
In order to STOP thinking that Performance Appraisals are a waste of time, you need to think about the benefits of evaluations both from your perspective and that of your team.
So, what are some of the benefits of Performance Appraisals?
Here is a simple benefits checklist for you to consider:
- Clarification of purpose – getting staff focused on what needs to be accomplished
- Elimination of non-essential actions – by doing what is necessary, the time wasted on unnecessary actions, drops away
- Up-to-date documentation – if something is not documented, then it never happened
- Reports easily drawn for more senior management – because things are documented, you are able to report accurately and are up-to-date
- Reduction of stress – being up-to-date reduces the questions about what is actually going on and the progress of goals
- Avoidance of miscommunication – everyone knows what needs to be accomplished
- Errors caught more quickly – as everything is current and up-to-date, mistakes are corrected in a more timely manner
- Project planning made easier – you will know when you have the surplus time and talent to achieve other goals
- Team cohesion strengthened – team members know what they are responsible for
- Time management resolved – with goals and time lines to achieve, time is allocated more carefully
- Delegation clarified – proper delegation defines areas of accountability
- Accountability more obvious – because you will hold employee accountable, they are clear about what needs to be done
- Clear lines of communication – if there are issues, both the manager and the subordinate can address them
- Training highlighted – if there is a skill that is lacking, the time can be made for the training or it can be delegated to someone with the skill
- Challenges confronted in a professional manner – because there is a constant flow of dialog, issues are addressed amicably
- Staffing issues identified – this becomes apparent early on and can be rectified quickly – either by changing direction or adding to the team
As you look at some of the benefits listed above and consider the effort necessary to complete performance appraisals, you might start to think that maybe, just maybe, they might be less of a time waster than you first thought.
Shall we say, at this point, that you will consider taking them out of the STOP category and placing them in thePROCEED WITH CAUTION category– in other words, you might consider completing Performance Evaluations?
Let’s look a little further and deeper at the benefits.
Managers using the Performance Appraisal module in Talent Chaser have told us that when they began completing Performance Appraisals, they believed that it was a waste of time. However, as they persisted and started to reap some of the benefits which are listed above, the managers reported that completing Evaluations actually saved them time and effort. Once the managers experienced the benefits, they were more than happy to devote the time necessary.
Do you use a Performance Appraisal system? If so, we would love to hear about your experience.
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