When giving a job evaluation to an employee, make sure to avoid too much negative commentary, reiterate what good the employee does for the company, cover the entire year or the span of time since the last evaluation and let the employee know how they can improve. There's no reason for employees to dread receiving a job evaluation as long as it helps more than it hinders morale and productivity.
- Avoid consistently negative evaluations
- Reiterate the employee's positive contributions
- Give a full evaluation
- Offer tips for improvement
The term constructive criticism differs from negative commentary. While all employees are weak in some areas, don't make the employee feel worse about it by being mean or degrading.
Job evaluations aren't just for constructive criticism, they are also the time to praise employees for the good work that they've done, the Illinois Education Association or IEA notes. If the employee had a lot of successes over the year, such as working on a major project or landing work with another client, bring these up. It will boost the confidence of the employee.
An employer may opt to give job evaluations on a yearly basis or more frequently on a quarterly basis. Make sure to cover all of the time between the last evaluation and the current one. Of course, don't just wait for these evaluations to have chats with employees either, Business News Daily suggests. If an employee does something great for the company, or similarly makes a big mistake, let them known immediately.
The entire point of a job evaluation is so the employee can learn what they are doing right and wrong and improve upon their weak points. In order to make a job evaluation worthwhile, highlight how the employee can be better at their job, Business News Daily recommends.