Employee Evaluations – Step by Step Success for Child Care Directors (Part 1 of 4)
Do you hear the words “employee evaluation” and get a sick feeling in your stomach … even though you are the one doing the evaluation, not getting it? Most employers do. Evaluating an employee, and then sharing the evaluation with the employee, is not usually an exercise that anyone enjoys. If you are a small business owner with few employees, the emotional experience is escalated.
Evaluating your employees should and can be a very positive experience. Evaluation enables you and your employee to periodically examine work practices, work performance, and future expectations. It can be a powerful tool in growing your business if you use a positive evaluative approach.
These five keys will help you to be more successful with employee evaluation:
- Set the Expectation: Too often an employee evaluation is conducted only when things are not going too well. If an employee is told when he is hired that there will be a periodic review, the expectation is set and the evaluation is not perceived as a reprimand.
- Evaluate Regularly: An employee deserves to know that you will review his work on a regular basis. A new employee should be evaluated after the first month, the third month, the sixth month, and the first year. In general, an employee should be evaluated every six months.
- Use Appropriate Communication: It is a rare employee who can read his employer’s mind. Broad hints don’t work either. An employer must be candid when evaluating an employee, regardless of how uncomfortable the truth may be. Conversation should include positive aspects as well as areas in need of improvement. Be respectful and aware of feelings.
- Provide Training: An employer owes his employee the necessary tools to correct any weaknesses and to continue to improve all skills required in current and future work that will benefit the company. Training may run the gambit from improved interpersonal skills to advanced computer skills. An employer will benefit by investing in an employee.
- Have the Right Attitude: Your attitude toward “employee evaluation” will set the tone for a successful evaluation process. If you are anxious about the process and expect it to be unpleasant, it will be. If you consider this exercise to be valuable to the employee, to the company, and to you as the supervisor, it will be.