7 reasons why Appraisals matter to your team
The other week I was having a drink with a good friend of mine – and this is how the conversation went:
‘You don’t know anyone who’s hiring at the moment do you?’
‘Why? I thought you loved your job.’
‘I did, but I’ve been there for 3 years now and I only had one appraisal in all that time. I want to work for a company that actually cares.’
Now, I’ve had conversations like this many many times before and whenever someone comes to me saying they’re ready to move on, chances are the appraisal (or lack of it) is nearly always mentioned.
I have to say, the first time this happened I was kind of surprised. After all, does not having a performance appraisal really matter that much? But the short answer to this is…yes it does.
REASON #1 –It’s a chance to get some feedback
When you’re busy it’s not hard for days to turn into weeks, and weeks into months and before you know it you haven’t really had time to look up. The performance appraisal is the ideal time to see how you’re getting on. Yes there should be no surprises, but it’s nice to sit down away from the busy-ness to just check in and hear how you’re getting on.
REASON #2 – It’s a chance to have an uninterrupted chat with your Boss
It doesn’t matter how many times you say ‘my door is always open’, ‘I talk to my team all the time’ or ‘my team can grab me anytime they need for a chat’ the long and short of it is that they probably won’t, and don’t. The performance appraisal gives them the opportunity to prepare properly, and have an uninterrupted chat that’s dedicated around their performance.
REASON #3 – It’s a chance to talk about development
Chatting about development isn’t something that just pops up into day to day conversation. For a lot of people they really want to be able to talk about it properly in terms of what they need and why. It also shows the person that they’re valued and that the business wants to develop them. Which in itself is a great motivator.
REASON #4 – It’s a chance to make them feel motivated and that they’re on the right track
We all need a bit of TLC from time to time, a bit of praise, and feedback that we’re doing a good job and a chat about what we could do in the future. Doesn’t sound a lot, but means the world.
REASON #5 – It shows that they’re valued
Just the simple act of the Boss taking time out of their busy schedule to spend with someone to talk about them says they are valued (especially if they do it without a sigh and a ‘let’s get this over and done with, shall we?!’)
Reason #6 – It allows them to get things off their chest
Your team might just have things that they want to talk about in private, but aren’t really all that urgent, or that they haven’t really got the confidence to interrupt you about during the day. Things like changing their hours of work, asking for a pay rise, discussing their work load, or the fact that they want to go for a promotion. The appraisal might just be the place that they decide to get something off their chest.
Reason #7 – It gives them time to talk about the future
We all have things that we want to do in the future and the appraisal is a great time to hear what our Boss has in mind for us – as well as a great time to discuss our plans (should we want to.)
As the Boss appraisals can be a massive drain on your time and not the first thing you might want to doing that week, but before the next time have a think about how this really means for your team.