Employee performance reviews can be stressful for both managers and employees. Considering that one in four employees dreads this time more than any other of their working lives, it’s clear that there’s a lot of anxiety around the topic.
While there are many guidelines out there on how to conduct stress-free performance reviews, some managers get overwhelmed when it comes down to putting it all together and actually writing the review.
So here are the top three tips to keep in mind when you sit down to write.
- The review is a legal document.
Depending on the company culture, the language in a review may tend to drift anywhere between a formal to a more relaxed style. Regardless, it’s important to remember that a performance review is a legal document – meaning, if you head to court for any reason, the review could essentially become available for public consumption.
And what you write on the Review Form says a lot about the thought you put into it, as well as your own level of professionalism. It is as much a reflection of you as it is of your employees.
- Be clear and specific in your writing.