2 Don’ts of Employee Reviews

There are two “don’ts” to keep in mind during employee reviews.

Number One: Avoid Finger Pointing. If you’re pointing your finger at your employees saying you have done this thing that I don’t like, that’s not a review. You’re yelling at them. A review needs to be kind because people don’t respond to finger wagging.

Number Two: Avoid Lack of Relevance. Many of the things that people bring out as either positives or negatives about employee performance aren’t relevant to what they do. For example, when I worked for somebody else, I was once told that a negative part of my review was the fact that my cubicle was messy. It didn’t present the image that this company wanted. So, I said, “If you don’t want my desk to be messy, give me a drawer where I can put things away. The reason why my desk is messy is because I’m not thinking about the way my cubicle looks. I’m thinking about what I have to get done. Talking about my cubicle isn’t relevant at all to my performance.”

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
timkilroy

Building businesses & knocking down walls at https://timkilroy.com, 5 amazing kids, great wife #startups #agencygrowth #ADHD is my superpower. Go Red Sox.