4 Performance Review Mistakes That Make You Look Dumb

by Srikant Chellappa Apr 8,2015

The People Strategy Leaders Podcast

with Srikant Chellappa, CEO

Performance review, whether you love it or hate it, is there to stay. Most employees deny the validity of them because they presume that the process act as an excuse for managers to put their salary increments on hold.

How can a performance review ever help an organization if its employees do not believe in them?

Do you want to change the mindset of your employees and restore their faith? Well, here is a list of the dumbest possible mistakes you should avoid.

1. Not Informing employees in advance about the ‘Big Day

This is one of the dumbest mistakes a manager could make. A performance review meeting requires prior preparation both by the manager and the employee. You cannot go to your office one day and announce a surprise performance review meeting. So, inform your employees in advance about the ‘Judgement Day. So that it can help both the employees and the organization.

2. Focusing only on negatives in a Performance Review

Never assume that employees don’t need to hear about the things that they do well. Don’t always focus on their negatives. Give them meaningful feedback where you appreciate them for their good work and point out their mistakes, giving them a chance to correct them.

Also Read: The Ultimate Checklist for Performance Appraisals!

3. Talking too much

You should encourage your employees to speak up about their performance, instead of being a boss who talks too much and doesn’t allow the employee to provide his perspective. If you don’t allow the employees to provide self-evaluation and go on with your assumptions about their performance, the very purpose of performance reviews will be lost.

4. Absence of goals and plans

It is not only about reviewing the past performance of employees. It is more about setting goals for the future and helping employees improve themselves based on the past reviews. Having no goals or follow-up plans after a performance review is as useless as not having a performance review at all.

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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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