Employee Performance: Manage and Prosper

A performance discussion for those who manage others

I have been thinking a lot about performance management lately-namely, how can managers get it done faster, better, and more effectively? I run into complaints about all areas of performance feedback: how to do it, what to say, how to have time for it, etc.

I get them so often that I’ve put together a quick discussion you can have with your managers to help them do it well. The best part? There is no “I don’t have time for this” excuse, because the lesson takes less than a minute to deliver. Here we go:

30 Second Public Service Message for Managers

Performance feedback is critically important for your people to do their jobs well. It needs to be all these:

  • On time
  • Honest
  • Accurate

Keep The Golden Rule in mind. Address their performance (good or bad) like you would want your own to be addressed.

Bonus tip: if you think there may be a surprise for the employee, call me.

And that, my friends, is the 30 second lesson on performance!

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12 thoughts on “Employee Performance: Manage and Prosper

  1. Michael Brisciana

    Right to the point, Ben — nicely said. One other thought I wanted to share regarding performance management …

    … in our organization, we talk about “predictability and supportiveness.” That is, does the manager communicate the expectations clearly and consistently (“early and often”)? And, do they provide appropriate support (time, energy, resources, etc.) that helps employees succeed — and that also help employees know you WANT them to succeed.

    Performance management isn’t complex … you just have to REALLY WANT to do it well, because it takes time, energy, and commitment.


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