We all know that formal performance review discussions between managers and employees are just one component of an effective performance management process. The performance review discussion can be a powerful tool in building the employee-manager relationship when it is part of a continuous performance management strategy.
Are Performance Reviews Like Air Travel?
Performance review discussions may not be any manager’s favorite activity but they are very important to their employees. The postponed, delayed or canceled performance review meeting is like a canceled flight. We wait at the airport for what seems like forever only to have our hopes dashed each time the flight is postponed. We really don’t believe that the delays are due to weather or air traffic. All we care about is getting to our final destination. When a manager postpones an employee’s performance review it sends a clear message about the manager’s priorities. Delaying these important discussions can impact employee engagement, motivation and trust. Postponement can lead to the employee feeling uncertain as to their status and leads to resentment.
Why Do Managers Avoid Performance Reviews?
Delaying the performance review discussion typically has little to do with a manager’s workload. Avoidance is likely due to one or more of the following reasons.
Poor Role Modeling From Leadership
Once A Year Mindset
Lack of Confidence
Technology Can Limit the Performance Review "Stack Up"
While technology alone cannot alleviate the cause of this problem and ensure effective performance management, it can provide managers with tools to make tracking performance easier. Solutions like viaPeople's Performance Management system can support managers in tracking and evaluating performance, as well as put important performance information in the hands of leaders for talent decision making. Click to read more about how to get reviews done on time and how technology can help your managers.