You're obliged to do performance reviews. That's why you need an extremely easy to use, highly efficient system.
The first performance review software is now available in South Africa.
This software will help you determine quickly and accurately:
Your employees' skill levels;
How every employee contributes to the overall business performance;
The training and skill-enhancing requirements for every one of your employees;
How to properly motivate your employees;
The required disciplinary measures.
These are the two biggest performance coaching mistakes employers make…
Mistake#1: Ineffective questions
The first stage of performance coaching is to gather information of the situation. And to do that, the employer would start by asking questions.
However, the type of questions you ask, and the way in which you ask them can make all the difference.
Asking an employer close-ended and direct and probing questions can make an employee feel very uncomfortable and even more demotivated, which can defeat the whole point of performance coaching.
Develop your ability to ask effective questions, so you can:
· Get your employees to relax, open up and talk to you;
· Help your employees find answers for themselves;
· Encourage thinking, as well as learning;
· Make use of your employees' ideas, opinions and recommendations, etc.
When asking questions:
· Ask mostly open-ended questions;
· Ask a few closed questions, but only when you need to direct the conversation;
· Avoid questions that are probing;
· Avoid asking 'Why?', because it has the potential to incite defensive behaviour. Instead, try phrasing as such: 'Why do you say so/What are your reasons for that?' etc.
MISTAKE#2: Not listening
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Many employers don't really listen to what's being said, and they don't even try to understand things from the employee's point of view.
This is not a good thing if you're trying to make the most out of performance coaching.
Focus on listening very well. Try to understand where the employee is coming from, as doing this can greatly enhance trust, openness and mutual respect between the two of you.
Active listening has the following three characteristics:
· It doesn't judge what is being said;
· It clarifies on information you're not sure of; and
· It responds in ways that encourage further communication;
*Do you want to learn more on performance coaching?
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