Surprises are for birthday parties.
Don’t make the performance appraisal a surprise for anyone. Feedback needs to happen all year and that means both positive, reinforcing feedback, and constructive feedback for change.
Early in my career as a manager my director once said to me, “The only time your people hear from you is when they do something wrong.” Ouch. I never forgot it. I now praise as much as I offer critique.
How you say something is as important as what you say.
Christie Ward, CSP, provides employee training and executive coaching to individuals and teams who want to up their game. Christie’s professional development programs get proven results.