Performance Review Tips Part 1 – Tools for HR and Managers

HR professionals

It’s review season for many folks in the business world. That means it’s the time of year when important decisions need to be made with careful consideration. In order to help support you as you undertake this very important process, we’ve found some great content on the web that should help make things go a bit more smoothly. Get ready for some humor, along with tips for employees in their self-evaluations, and in this first part of the series we’ll provide links to tools and tips for HR folks and managers.

To set the tone, take a moment to watch Conan O’Brien as he conducts his staff performance reviews. Let’s just say, this is not the way you want to discuss your employee’s performance reviews, albeit very amusing to watch.

First, if you are a small or medium-sized company you might not have started a formal review process yet. To help you get started, here are some websites –, and – that have a number of forms you can use as-is or customize to fit your organization’s needs.

Next, there is the discussion of how to effectively talk with your people. It’s not easy giving feedback, so you want to make sure it is constructive and not demeaning. Here’s a helpful article about the 14 Things You Should Never Tell Your Employees During a Performance Review.

In place of the standard annual performance review, many of the most innovative companies have been moving toward ongoing, regularly scheduled reviews that provide more frequent and consistent feedback. This helps to make adjustments throughout the year that can have a big impact on the bottom line.

One of the ways technology companies are adopting this new method is by using agile processes. Discover how to implement agile in this blog, The Benefits of Adopting Agile Performance Management, that we published last fall. And guess what? There’s an app for that! Here’s an article from Slate that talks about some of the technology that can support the process.

To make sure things go smoothly, it makes sense to have all of your managers well trained on the process and art of performance management. The Business Training Institute can help make this a successful endeavor with customizable workshops for your company including:

  • Performance Management
  • Positive Approaches to Resolving Performance Problems
  • Super Manager: Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work For
  • Coaching for Development: Help Employees Reach Their Full Potential
  • Developing  Your Direct Reports
  • Effective Listening Skills
  • Managing Teams
  • Navigating Difficult Conversations: Deliver Your Message with Poise, Empathy, and Resolve

Performance review time is a great opportunity for managers and employees to evaluate and make strategic adjustments for improved business processes and productivity. Taking the time to evolve outdated methods benefits not only managers and employees, but the overall business and customers as well. It’s a win-win situation in today’s business market.


Last Updated February 27, 2017