Have you ever thought of asking your employees to rate their performance? You would be surprised how this simple exercise could motivate them to do over and above your expectations. The employee self-evaluation is one of the best methods to engage employees in the process of looking at performance and setting both job and career goals.
This unique method ensures that employees prepare thoughtfully for their performance development planning or appraisal performance review.
This self-evaluation opens up the conversation between an employee and the manager during the performance evaluation meeting. The act of self-evaluation and the concurrent introspection causes an employee to review goals, assess progress and thoughtfully consider areas for job and career growth.
It provides a useful opportunity for your employees to seriously consider their level of performance and contribution. This is especially important when you want to encourage your employees to set stretch goals. Self-reflection on the possibilities can enhance their capability to aim further, higher, and smarter. It is not the same as you as their manager expecting more from them. It is far superior for performance when it is the employee raising the expectations.
The employee self-evaluation encourages employees to think about and plan for their future with your organization. They can target their next opportunity, possible promotions, different jobs they'd like to try, and cross-training they'd like to obtain. The self-evaluation is also an opportunity for employees to think about their career growth within your company.
Does your company use a traditional performance appraisal meeting? Or, does your company pursue a forward-thinking performance management process?
Whatever method your company uses to encourage employee performance development, consider making an employee self-evaluation an integral component in the process. Your employees will appreciate the opportunity for input and you, as a manager will receive further insight into what motivates and excites the employee.