January 30, 2023

Why Performance Reviews Are Important

What’s the deal with performance reviews?

As a business owner, you already know the importance of recruiting the best staff. As a leader, you want your team to perform at their best level. Many of you may also use performance reviews to conduct quarterly or annual evaluations of staff work, efficiency, and morale. If you aren’t sure what exactly performance reviews are- don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Performance reviews are routine evaluations where the performance of a team member is documented and presented to them.  This review can either be done in the form of a physical document given to the employee or a discussion given during a one-on-one meeting. Performance reviews can be given daily, weekly, quarterly or even, annually.

You may be wondering why they are so important…

Performance reviews serve a variety of purposes. They benefit both the employer and the employee so it is best practice to put a review process into place if you don’t already have one. Think of these like customer satisfaction surveys often presented by stores you may shop at or given online after receiving support from a company. Surveys are a good way to let people know what areas they are doing awesome in and which areas can be improved. To get the best performance out of someone, you must first let them know their expectations. Prior to giving a performance review, it is a fair practice that you give the employee a set of expected tasks or skills that you wish to be completed or learned.

So, why give reviews?

Now, what?

Ideally, the feedback an employee receives regarding his or her strengths and weaknesses will be invaluable to showing how the staff member can put his or her interests and talents to the best use to benefit your company. Employee performance reviews are an easy way to ensure you and your employee are on the same page. In addition, by letting someone know where they can improve you are providing feedback that can improve performance dramatically.

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