Title: Tips for talking to your employees. Introduction: Let them know how much they’re valued, share your vision for the future of the team, and create pathways for employees to pursue professional goals. (Image: Cartoon people talking.)
Let’s get talking. Thoughtful conversations about performance can be a great opportunity to let employees know how much they’re valued, share your vision for the future of the team, and create pathways for employees to pursue professional goals.
1. Don’t dread it. Talking to your employees about performance is a great opportunity to tell your staff how much you value their contribution in the workplace. It’s a chance to offer support to employees who have clear professional goals. (Image: Cartoon of a computer screen and coffee mug.)
2. Be prepared. Show your employees how much you care by being prepared. Take time to review what employees have written about themselves, add your own perspective, and identify specific example in advance of your conversation to highlight when you meet face-to-face. (Image: Cartoon of projection screen displaying a pie chart.)
3. Give due praise and credit. Don’t miss an opportunity to praise strong performers. Credit performance, specific achievements, professional attributes and more. If you’re not the type to speak your appreciation out loud on a regular basis, then take this time to tell your staff how much you value and appreciate them.
4. Coach and cultivate. Even star performers have opportunities for growth. A good supervisor looks for chances to coach and cultivate, and doesn’t shy away from dealing with issues. While poor performance or inappropriate behaviors should be dealt with immediately, the annual review process can reinforce corrective measures and restate expectations. (Image: Cartoon of plant sprouting from pot.)
5. Get on the same page. During a performance review, a supervisor should strive to listen, to be heard and to reach a mutual understanding of one another’s views. Take time to discuss goals and set expectations for checking in throughout the next year. (Image: Cartoon of an award certificate.)
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