Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Employee Evaluation

Employee Evaluation forms?

While most companies have some sort of formal employee evaluation program that requires a form to be filled out, the most important evaluation that an employee receives is how he is addressed on a regular basis.

How you interact with your employees on a daily basis is much more important to your employee's motivation than what you write on your employee evaluation form. As a manager, you may know that it is not how you get treated but what gets written on the evaluation form that gets you the raise, but employees don't generally think like that. If they did, they would be managers.

Employees are more interested in feeling good about their selves and their work on a daily basis. They need to feel like what they do matters to someone. Despite what they may say, most employees want to feel like they are doing a good service for their employer. They want to feel proud of their work.

So as you observe your employees doing their work, take a moment to recognize them for good performance in what ever area you can find good work. If they are making a mistake, by all means correct it, but make sure you also recognize their good behavior as well.

Words of affirmation is a term often used in marriage relationships, but the concept works well in an employee - employer relationship as well. As much as possible, give genuine credit where credit is due for good work.

Don't be insincere however. Employees know instantly when they are being smoozed. Just give them praise for a job well done and you will see more jobs being well done.


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