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Use these five tips to make employee self-evaluations work

by , 21 May 2015
While many companies talk about the need for a new system when it comes to employee performance and performance management system, you still need to use self-evaluation.

Certain specialists in the HR domain remind us that some companies place an important focus on self-evaluations while other companies only see the process as a simple formality.

"The self-assessment is an essential part of performance evaluation because it's an opportunity for you to assess your own achievements. You own the performance appraisal. You should look across the past year and tell your manager what you've done and areas you'd like to focus on," explained Michelle Roccia, executive vice president of Employee Engagement at WinterWyman, for Cio.com.

But what do you need to know about employee self-evaluations to make them a success?

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Here are five tips to use when implementing the self-evaluations for your employees:

1. Find out what the employee wants in the future
Make him write about his career map to see if he's devoted and interested in growing together with your company. This can be a good opportunity for them to reflect on whether they bring value to the company and for you to figure this out.

2. Communication is key
Open communication goes hand in hand with the self-assessment and you wand to educate your employees to understand why the self-assessments are important and how their actions influence the company on the long run.

"We train our employees on the importance of the self-assessment and the whole performance appraisal process," Roccia explained.

3. Really use the self-evaluation
Self-evaluations should never just be a pile of paperwork on your desk. As the manager, you should come up with a reward system, a promotion offer or other types of bonuses.

4. Make sure you know what your employees want
And more than what they want, try to understand what they need. If one employee writes in his self-assessment that he feels he could improve, you should be able to offer him training, whether it's attending conferences, taking new courses or getting into a new work practice.

5. Make use of various points of view
Once the self-assessments are done, compare them with the performance reviews you've gathered. If they are very different, you should know that you need a better communication with your employees in order to figure out what's the misunderstanding when it comes to expectations.

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