Successfully Conducting Employee Performance Appraisals Wendy L. McCoy Director HR & Benefits Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church Agenda Expectations of supervisors and coaches Performance management process
Preparation for meeting with employee Conducting the appraisal & setting goals Addressing poor or ineffective performance Follow-up feedback and coaching Defining acceptable and unacceptable performance
Q&A Performance Expectations Setting performance expectations is the foundation and first step in performance management. By setting performance expectations first, the employee knows what is expected and the supervisor has specific performance criteria to measure quality and productivity. Expectations of Supervisors Conduct (at least) an annual performance evaluation
Create an environment for ongoing dialogue Have the basics before you begin such as, current job description, performance expectations and goals for success Connect the dots.to the Mission and Vision of the local church Performance Management Process Step 3 Step 1 Follow-up coaching
& regular performance check-ups The Basics Job Description Goal Setting Performance Expectations Step 2 Preparing for & conducting the employee meeting Preparation for Employee Meeting
Schedule meeting with employee Ask employee to conduct a self-assessment prior to the meeting Collect data on employees performance (work records, attendance, work product, input from peers and others) Supervisor should complete draft evaluation form prior to meeting Preparation for Employee Meeting
(Continued) Record major accomplishments and document examples of both strengths and areas for improvement Use behavioral examples where you can to avoid hearsay Be prepared to discuss performance of routine tasks and long term goals
Provide specific feedback on how tasks are accomplished (behaviors) Be prepared to discuss current and future goals for employee Conducting the Appraisal (Continued) During the meeting, both supervisor and employee review their responses to the assessment Start with areas of agreement and reinforce the
positive Identify areas for improvement and ask for recommendations to build a plan for improvement Conducting the Appraisal (Continued) Ask the employee to take the lead in reviewing their own performance. Saying things such as, "I see from your selfevaluation, we pretty much agree with this
(positive) point." "What did you find most rewarding this year?" "What would you do differently if you could do it over again?" Conducting the Appraisal (Continued) Make sure you have plenty of specific examples to make your observations clear.
Concentrate exclusively on factors directly related to job performance and use language that paints a picture for the employee. For example: "You usually dont speak in department meetings and you dont ask questions when youre stuck on an assignment, which contributes to a higher rate of errors and missed deadlines" - is better than, "Youre a poor communicator." Conducting the Appraisal (Continued) More examples: Instead of saying, "you're doing a great job," say "your planning and preparation for this meeting was really
great. That helped to make the meeting more productive." Or instead of saying, "you need to improve your time management skills," say,"I noticed you missed the deadline to send information to accounting department; let's discuss what happened and talk about ways to avoid this in the future. Conducting the Appraisal (Continued) Attempt to avoid defensiveness Discuss behaviors not personalities
Avoid terms such as always and never Encourage participation and be supportative Try to end the meeting on a positive note Goal Setting Use your mission and vision to align individual goals
Make sure the goals are SMART Specific - with enough detail to be clear Measurable - use quantitative goals when available, use milestones, use thoughtful judgments Attainable - realistic in terms of employee's control, timeframe, and resources available Reasonable - realistic in terms of what can really be achieved Time-based - with dates set for achieving milestones, Goal Setting Performance objectives are written to describe the measurable results an employee needs to achieve within each key responsibility area. Goals and objectives are nearly synonymous and are often used interchangeably. To differentiate between the
two remember this: The goal is where we want to be. The objectives are the steps needed to get there. Goal Setting (Continued) Three components create a clear objective: Performance what the individual is tasked to do. Criteria the quality or level of performance that will be considered acceptable, often
described in terms of timeframe, accuracy and/ or quality. Conditions conditions under which the performance is expected to occur. Goal Setting (Continued) Three components creating a clear objective are Performance, Criteria and Conditions. Example: The employee will scan accounts payable invoices into electronic filing system weekly taking care to make sure invoices are correctly categorized by vendor name and date of payment.
Addressing ineffective (poor) performance Most performance problems can be resolved through effective communication between supervisors and their employees. A counseling session is an opportunity to clarify expectations and discuss performance problems. Have some specific examples of poor performance so that you can respond to the inevitable, "What do you mean?"
Addressing ineffective (poor) performance (continued) Do not emphasize past poor performance, instead, seek to clarify future good performance. To prepare for a counseling session with an employee, write out and then practice saying what acceptable performance in the job would mean. Listen to yourself. If it doesn't make any sense to you, it won't make any sense to the employee. Be as specific as possible. Follow-up Feedback and Coaching
Be specific about what you observed (focus on behavior, action, results, etc) Explain the impact their actions had on the department / organization Be equally rigorous with positive feedback Seek to understand their perspective or point of view Ratings
Defining acceptable and unacceptable performance Make this your baseline year. You are not required to designate a numeric rating Provide clear written statements indicating the level of performance using the performance factors Set goals and objectives as a basis for future evaluations
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