A Guide To Performance Reviews For Remote Employees

by Srikant Chellappa Apr 13,2016

The People Strategy Leaders Podcast

with Srikant Chellappa, CEO

Most companies these days allow their employees to work from home. There are many reasons why employees feel more comfortable to work from home than working at an office. For some it is about working without distraction or pressure, for some it is about avoiding traffic and the list goes on.

Though working from home seems so simple and easy, remote employees and their managers face many challenges. One of such challenges is evaluating the performance of remote employees.

Here is a beginners’ guide to performance reviews for remote employees.

1. Set Objectives

As a manager, setting objectives for your remote employees is your primary responsibility. Setting goals and objectives can be a very tough task. Click here to know how to do set goals and objectives for your employees.

2. Open lines of communication

Unlike other employees, remote employees do not get to communicate frequently with their managers. But make sure that you keep the lines of communication open between you and your remote employees.

3. Plan ahead and organize

You should be prepared ahead for any challenges that your remote employees are going to face. In many cases there are technical problems that prevent the remote employees from performing as they are expected to. Give them right tools and resources.

Also Read: How To Engage Employees Who Work From Home?

4. Frequent checks

Frequent checks for your employees’ progress is important. Plan scheduled visits and personally talk to them. Don’t make them feel remote. They should feel connected to the organization even if they aren’t physically present. Have a performance review software that can help you track your employees’ performance.

5. Self-evaluation

Encourage them to self-evaluate. Ask them to list the areas that they think they are good at and the areas that they think need to be improved. Also, ask them to assess the performance of their team. By doing this, you are giving them an opportunity to know where they stand. Also, share your opinion about their feedback.

6. Trust

Trust your remote employees and exhibit the trust when you talk to them. Most employers feel that the remote employees do not dedicate themselves to work completely. This mindset cannot help you build a team spirit. Allow them to take decisions sometimes.

Evaluate them based on the outcome and not on their behavior.

Want to know how Engagedly can help you evaluate your remote employees better? Request a demo today to find out!

Srikant Chellappa
CEO & Co-Founder of Engagedly

Srikant Chellappa is the Co-Founder and CEO at Engagedly and is a passionate entrepreneur and people leader. He is an author, producer/director of 6 feature films, a music album with his band Manchester Underground, and is the host of The People Strategy Leaders Podcast. He is currently working on his next book, Ikigai at the Workplace, which is slated for release in the fall of 2024.

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