In this first episode of a new series called “Jam Session Scenarios”, I sit with a panel of seasoned leaders - Ted Cowles, Dean DiGiacomo, and Matt Melloy. We review a few common scenarios, and a few twists and turns, as it relates to performance reviews.
Align with each employee on the definition of ‘achieves’ and ‘exceeds’
Remind employees ‘achieves’ is a great mark! Too often our employees feel ‘achieves’ is not doing well in the role
Benchmark performance and be consistent across all your employees by providing specific examples of how to achieve/exceed
There should be no surprises if you're having continuous coaching and feedback discussions throughout the year
Using high-performing employees as benchmarks is a delicate balance
Keep an open mind - there could be times where you were provided with concrete examples that you may have missed or forgotten about that justifies a higher rating