Why Do Performance Evaluations?

DATE: November 30th, 2018

Properly prepared performance evaluations are good for the employee and especially you as a manager!

Here’s why:

They positively affect employee’s performance by:

  • Identifying ongoing performance problems;
  • Addressing new problems as they emerge;
  • Reinforcing positive behavior by providing positive feedback on what was done correctly;
  • Increasing employees’ self-awareness;
  • Encouraging improvement;
  • Increasing employee motivation; and
  • Rewarding achievements with monetary or non-monetary recognition.

They enhance managers’/supervisors’ professional development because they:

  • Force them to regularly review routine tasks, skills needed and working conditions;
  • Evaluate productivity and help managers and supervisors to gain control over the conditions that affect productivity; and
  • Relate employee performance to the objectives of the department and the goals of the district.

Performance evaluations provide written evidence supporting personnel decisions in the event they are challenged. As discussed below, evaluations often play a significant part in defeating an employee’s claims of retaliation and discrimination. In addition, they provide a warning to employees and an opportunity to improve performance.

Well-prepared performance evaluations give employees notice of performance deficiencies, which enables management to defend disciplinary personnel decisions. As an example, consider a district that wants to discipline an employee for tardiness. Assume further that that the supervisor (employer) never communicated its concerns to the employee. The employer’s efforts will likely fail because its documentation reflects satisfactory performance.

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