Eric Jacobson

What Your Employee Wants To Hear You Ask During A Performance Review

In Effective Communications, Employee Retention, General Leadership Skills, Leadership, Leadership Books, Leadership Education, Leadership Skills, Leadership Training, Listening Skills, Management, Motivating Employees, Performance Appraisals on May 12, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Here are five important questions you, as a manager and leader, should ask during employee performance reviews:

  1. What have I done to help – or hinder – your job performance?
  2. What can I do in the next review period to help you achieve/improve?
  3. What conditions here enable you – or make it hard – to do your best work?
  4. What do you want most from your job?
  5. How can I help you reach your career goals?

I speculate that most employees have never heard most of these questions from their supervisors on a consistent basis during performance reviews.

Thanks to Sharon Armstrong and Barbara Mitchell for these questions — just some of their great advice from their book, The Essential HR Handbook.

  1. I’ve always believed that performance reviews are a two-way street. And, if they are done properly, both the leader and the follower come away understanding how they can be more successful, as well as how they can deliver a better outcome for each of them and the organization.

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