Writing your performance review

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Writing your performance review
In this post, you can ref useful information about writing your performance review. You can ref more materials for writing your performance review such as: performance review methods, performance review forms… at the end of this post.
I. Contents of writing your performance review

From year to year, HR groups often make small changes or improvements to their employee performance review process and forms; I know we do here at Halogen. And sometimes they reengineer the process all together to better follow best practices.
If you don’t know already, find out if your organization’s process has changed, what all the steps and tasks are, and what forms to use. That way you’ll have a good understanding of what’s expected of everyone, and what information you’ll need to write your performance reviews.
If your HR team offers any training for managers, sign up for it.

2. Refresh your skills at giving feedback, coaching and developing employees and setting goals

Giving feedback, coaching employees, identifying learning needs, writing goals — these are not easy tasks. Even experienced managers struggle sometimes. And we’re continually learning new ways to do all of these more effectively.
So before you sit down to write your employee performance reviews, spend some time further developing your own management skills. If you don’t have time to sign up for a course, there are lots of online resources available that can help you. (I’ve linked to a few resources above. There’s also this great employee feedback and coaching template you can download).

3. Gather information about your employees’ performance

However your organization conducts the performance review cycle (be it monthly, quarterly, annually, what have you), remember that the performance review is exactly that — a review. You need to consider your employees’ performance over the entire timeframe of the review cycle; not how they’ve performed recently.
Now’s the time to comb through the notes and reports you’ve been making about your employees’ performance since their last review. Look for emails from others that give feedback or recognize contributions. Collect up any awards and course certificates.

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