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Four Employee Performance Tips

Updated: Jan 14, 2023


Recognizing performance and acknowledging contributions throughout the year helps give employees a sense of meaning or purpose in their work. Here are four tips to help with employee performance:

Provide Regular Informal Feedback

Providing regular feedback allows employees to address issues before they escalate. Feedback should be relevant and valuable to the employee. Studies show to give feedback weekly as opposed to a daily basis.

Before offering feedback, it's helpful to consider these three questions:

  1. Is this a defining moment for a project or the employee's role?

  2. Are they developing a new skill that requires historical knowledge or specific execution? (For example, presenting a new project to the board)

  3. Do you want to check in? (For example, your team is working on a significant project with their peers, and there are many moving pieces.)

How you answer these questions will tell you if you should be offering feedback.

Use SMART Goal Criteria:

Setting employee performance objectives with thoughtfulness can help your whole organization's bottom line and staff. It is key to developing a fair and motivating performance review process and keeping your top employees.

An example of a Smart Goal follows:

"Host five customer education webinars by January 30th, with 50+ attendees and 75%+ satisfied/very satisfied rate for each webinar."

  1. Specific: "Host five customer education webinars."

  2. Measurable: "50+ attendees and 75%+ satisfied rate for each webinar."

  3. Achievable: Let's assume that last year, the company hosted three webinars with an average attendance of 45 people and an average satisfaction rate of 70%.

  4. Relevant: It's tied to the company's goal of gaining more customers

  5. Time-bound: The goal needs to be achieved "by January 30th."

Develop The Capacity To Perform

Employees should be provided growth opportunities to develop new skills, have higher responsibilities, and improve work processes. So when you think of tools, you probably think of technical skills and software/ programs, but you should also think about soft skills. Soft skills such as communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and empathy are qualities of top employees. Research shows that employees don't want to remain static. Make sure your employees have the tools to succeed!

Reward Performance

Employees who have worked hard and put in additional effort should be recognized, appreciated, and compensated through monetary and non-monetary incentives.

Rewarding behavior directly aligned with accomplishing a strategic goal may be tied to an employee's passion and purpose and are associated with an employee's accomplishments. As stated before, rewards give employees a sense of meaning or purpose in their work.

If your business needs guidance on employee performance or the performance review process, we can help.

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