How To Give An Unbiased Performance Review

by Srikant Chellappa Apr 9,2016

The People Strategy Leaders Podcast

with Srikant Chellappa, CEO

We all know how important it is to give an accurate performance review. Your performance reviews can either encourage your employees or completely destroy their self-confidence. But managers are human and they tend to have favorites in their team.

Here’s an article for all the managers out there who have favorites and want to give unbiased performance reviews to their team.

  1. Set Goals For Yourself

Before you set goals for the individuals in your team, make sure you set them for the entire team first. This is important because establishing goals for individuals becomes easy when the goals for the entire team are defined already.

The goals of your team are your goals. This fact makes you set goals and evaluate the performance of your team without any bias. You will evaluate the performance of your team for what they actually contributed to fulfilling the goals of the team.

  1. Enlighten Your Team Of Organizational Goals

Keep in mind that the goals that you define for your team should be aligned with the organizational goals. Educate and enlighten your team about the organizational goals and how they can contribute to them. Keep the goals SMART. (Know more about SMART goals here).

Now that your team knows how their individual performance can contribute to the organizational success and that their individual goals are defined, it is easier for you to keep track of their performance and evaluate it without any bias.

  1. Collaborate With Your Team

As a manager, it is important to collaborate with your team. Do not just define their goals; involve them. Get their input on goals. Don’t make it a one-sided process, discuss with the individuals of your team and take their suggestions on setting up goals for them individually as well as for the entire team.

This collaboration with your teammates will make you understand them better and know where they need improvement. This can help you evaluate their performance without any bias

  1. Observe And Collect Adequate Data

This is one of the most important things that supervisors tend to miss. Having observational data on your team members helps you make more accurate evaluations of performance.

Keep the observational data current and do it frequently. This helps you manage performance reviews effectively and evaluate them without bias.

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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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