Have you ever noticed that your employees start treating you better the week before evaluations? This can be a good thing if it is done for the right reasons. However, it is not good if your employees are responding out of fear or dread. Employee evaluations should be used to promote growth. By using your managerial skills, you can help facilitate improvement.
Here are the key areas that should be included when developing evaluations for supervisors to use with their employees.
Cultivate individual growth.
Evaluations should be used to cultivate the individual growth of employees. Providing challenges to your employees can do this. Give them the opportunity and tools to evaluate themselves. When people identify shortcomings themselves, there will have a better understanding of what it is they are trying to achieve.
Sometimes when you point out employee faults they can become defensive or even be in denial. When given the chance to examine themselves, they might actually find something they want to improve. If they know your goal is to help them improve, they may want your assistance in improving their personal growth.
Identify strengths and weaknesses.
Always help your employees identify their strengths. Give them opportunities to use their strongest skills. If possible, provide them with the tools to become experts in their fields. When identifying employee weaknesses, present it as an opportunity for growth.
It is important to help employees understand that having weaknesses does not make them weak. However, not acknowledging weaknesses can lead to bigger problems down the road. If employees understand that you are on their side, and are willing to help them get better, rather than punish them, they will be more open to your correction.
Build a learning environment.
Have training courses or tools available for your employees, and allow them to have training days. Many supervisors expect their employees to improve, without providing them with any vehicles for improvement. This is an unrealistic expectation that can rarely be met. If you want your employees to learn, it is important to build a learning environment.
Job shadowing or mentoring can also help improve your employee’s learning curve. There are several types of tools that can be used; it is up to you to help your employees to choose what is right for them.
Employees can only meet your expectations if they know what they are. When designing employee evaluations it is important to keep this in mind. Specifically outline your expectations and provide your employees with what they need in order to meet those expectations.
And of course, evaluations have to be done periodically, as often as needed, rather than just once a year. This avoids unpleasant surprises and allows for appropriate corrective action at the right time.
Developing effective evaluations for supervisors can be challenging. However, if it is done properly everyone can benefit.