Being honest, encouraging discussions and planning ahead are some exemplary ways of conducting an employee performance review. A productive employee review acknowledges the notable performances of workers and corrects any deficiencies to ensure maximum productivity in the workplace.
The employer or manager must be truthful with employees during reviews. He must confront any employee for any past actions that were detrimental to the workplace. To avoid bias, the employer must focus on the issues, keep an open mind and avoid making assumptions based on past reviews and the employee's personality. He must structure his criticisms in a constructive way so the employee doesn't perceive them as mere complaints.
Employee performance reviews should open up a discussion between the manager and employee. The former must let the latter share his career ambitions at every review to help him reflect about his job. The manager must ask astute, open-ended questions to encourage the employee to talk. These questions help the employee in setting goals that correspond to the company objectives. A long, dynamic discussion helps keep the employee engaged and motivated.
Both manager and employee must be ready for the performance review. The manager must commit to schedule and gather enough information about the employee's performance to ensure a lengthy discussion during the day of the review.