Why do appraisals? Because you don’t know if you don’t ask! Basically a conversation, appraisals are great way to help you get the best out of your employees and see your business grow. Useful for finding out information and giving feedback, appraisals are also a great opportunity for employees to reflect on their goals, objectives and contributions.
What can you find out?
- There may be expertise or knowledge within your team that you didn’t know about
- Some employees may not be happy with their role, have misconceptions about their jobs and abilities, or how they are doing in their role ? maybe they are struggling
- You may find out that there are gaps in their knowledge
- Maybe they are really happy and performing well!
This knowledge allows you to sort out problems and make sure that individuals are the right people for the right jobs. Appraisals can help you make changes to your business, such as:
- If someone is more suited to a different role, re-structuring will make a more effective use of your resources
- You can organise training that is needed to increase efficiency
- You may need to change work patterns, recruit or provide different equipment or tools.
Getting your employees’ views allows you to find out what they need and gives them a sense of being in control of their job. Without talking to the people you work with, you remain oblivious to problems that may be hindering productivity, motivation and ultimately the success of your business.
What you can tell them?
An appraisal is your chance to say ‘well done’ and ask questions that identify why an individual may not be performing at their best. Money is not always the best way to reward people for good work; recognition and praise often work better as they encourage loyalty and focus. Individuals who have received positive feedback about their work are more likely to give 110%. It’s a win-win situation.
When are you next carrying out appraisals with your staff? What preparation will you be doing?
For more tips on appraisals, click here to watch a short video on my website.