are an essential part of . When handled effectively, reviews can be a tremendous help in closing the gap between what your employees do and what you need them to do. But a number of things can get in the way of an effective review. The design of the evaluation forms, a heavy workload that leaves little time for "extra" activities like reviews, the challenge of getting employees to accept what you have to say—these factors and others can complicate the review process.
The key word here, though, is "can." There are ways to sidestep most complications and make the review process work the way it should. The following guidelines can help.
Clarify the purpose of the review
Many, perhaps even most, employees don't clearly understand how their work is evaluated or what's really at stake. They then tend to hold back during review sessions. When pressed, they may become defensive or angry—or even more ...(register to read more)