Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Why Managers fear giving Performance Evaluations?

Most managers (if not all) dread when the time comes to giving performance evaluations to their employees. This begs the question why? This should not be such a fearful process. After all aren't managers also supposed to be coaches? Isn't this the time for employee growth and development? Shouldn't performance evaluation be the time where managers can be proud of their coaching skills?
       Well, there is only one explanation of why this happens. These managers don't give the direct feedback to the employees all year round and wait for the yearly performance evaluation. Talking about performance evaluation of the employee only once a year is not the way to go about it. Some companies have started doing mid-year evaluations. Even if companies don't mandate a mid-year performance evaluation, managers should make it a habit to give feedback to the employee throughout the course of the working year.

     The feedback should not come as a surprise to the employee at the performance evaluation time. If the feedback is a surprise, that would certainly make the process difficult and dreadful. Coaching the employees is one of the most rewarding skills for a manager and they should make it work for both themselves as well as the employees.

Aditi Chopra is an experienced leader in the software industry.
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