August is our annual performance review month. I thought this would be a good time to share some of my thoughts on the process of reviewing performance.
I will start with a story....
A manager sits down with an employee for their annual performance review. The two have met one-on-one every two to three weeks for 30 minutes throughout the year. The recurring meeting was set up by the manager with all of her direct reports. The conversations in the one-on-one meetings have been pretty benign with nothing significant resulting from them. All appears good.
The annual ritual
The annual performance review should be a summary of what both you and your employee already know. It should be a very quick conversation about the past (the known) and focus more on the future (the unknown).
Remember: Work is not like tee-ball. People don't get a trophy just for showing up.