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5 ways to ruin an evaluation

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Receiving an annual review is a big deal to employees. Though you may dread it, respect your employees and put some effort into it. Give your best evaluations by avoiding these mistakes:

  1. Requiring self-evaluations. Employees who perform poorly are unlikely to rate themselves accordingly. Stellar employees may feel that they need to be humble. Avoid disconnects by completing the evaluation yourself.
  2. Making general statements. Be specific about employees’ performance, and back up your statements with examples.
  3. Mentioning only recent items. Remember that an annual review spans an entire year. Don’t stop short and focus only on the last few months. Take time to consider their successes and shortcomings all year.
  4. Comparing two employees. Never mention other employees during a review. Focus only on the employee in front of you. Find examples to use that are not related to coworkers.
  5. Asking the wrong questions. Make your questions specific to the employee, not about your industry or organization in general. Ask them if they have what they need to do their job and what you can do to offer more support.

— Adapted from “10 Ways to Ruin an Employee Evaluation,” Jeff Haden, www.cbsnews.com.

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