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Performance management is one of the four foundations of the McFreedom System™. Performance reviews are all about improving the performance of the team, by improving the performance of each individual in it.
No one should ever feel anxious going into a performance review, because nothing should ever be a surprise. If a manager is managing effectively, ongoing, day to day appreciative and constructive feedback, will have made it clear to the individual exactly where they stand.
So a review will be a formal summary of this ongoing informal feedback, either recognising excellence or identifying areas for improvement and agreeing the way forward.
Performance reviews are all about enabling progress - inspiring and motivating your team to strive for continuous improvement. So where does the fear come from?
Maybe it’s from seeing performance reviews as confrontational - I’m going to tell the individual everything they’ve done wrong, and they are going to be defensive and argue back.
Or maybe it’s because we’ve avoided giving ongoing feedback; we haven’t corrected a behaviour that’s now going to come across as a much bigger deal than it needed to be, because our feedback will be a surprise to them.
Maybe it’s because we haven’t actually been monitoring or measuring the individual’s performance, and our feedback will be very flaky and subjective, as a result.
Or maybe it’s because we’ve had no training in performance management, and know that we’ll be ‘winging’ it.
Want to remove the fear? Here’s our top 5 tips for stress-free reviews:
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