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7 Tips for preparing for a performance review

by , 25 February 2016
Performance review sessions are extremely important as they have the potential to increase productivity by as much as 20% on average.

But even though that's the case, it still doesn't take away the fact that YOU have to be the one conduct the review.

And you don't do it correctly, you will end up wasting the time of not only yourself, but also your team and the employee concerned, which in turn could possibly even lead to a DECREASE in performance.

That's why it's highly advised for you to prepare thoroughly for your performance review sessions.

Having said that, here are 7 useful tips for when preparing an effective performance review session...

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Tip#1: Review employee records

Of course, here you should check that the information on the job requirements, as well the job description, is up-to-date.

But you could also include biographical information as well as past career experience for your review.

Other useful bits of information you could review include personality profiles, aptitude test results.

Tip#2: Know the employee's competencies

Know the skills and competencies required for the position and how these match up with the employee concerned.

Tip#3: Know the employee's objectives

Go over the notes from the previous review (if there was one) and refresh your memory on the objectives you agreed on.

Tip#4: Assess the employee's achievements in your workplace

Look into how the employee has achieved as set against the objectives agreed on, and see where she can improve.

Here you could weigh up factors such as quantity, quality, time and cost.

Tip#5: Be clear on what performance standards you expect

Decide on what performance standards will be set for the next review IN ADVANCE and make them clearly known to the employee on the day of the review.

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