Preparing for the Review

Both you and the employee play an important role in creating a productive performance review process. Here are some suggestions to get the employee involved:

  • Schedule a mutually convenient time and place for the performance review discussion. Allow enough time and ensure privacy.
  • Explain that you would like the discussion to be a dialog, with input from both of you included in the final written document.
  • Give the employee some options about how to prepare for the discussion. For example:
  • Ask the employee to prepare a self-appraisal using the same form you will use for your draft. The employee can address accomplishments and things that could be done better. Explain that you will be doing the same and that you may exchange these documents a few hours before your meeting
  • Give the employee a list of questions to consider to evaluate his own performance. Sample questions might be:
  • What have been your major accomplishments?
  • What could you have done better?
  • What could I do as your supervisor to help you do your job better?
  • Would you like to see your responsibilities change? If so, how?

Prepare the review document, including as much information as possible - 

  • Job description
  • Professional development over the review period
  • Performance standards and objectives
  • Previous assessment
  • Letters of commendation and/or criticism
  • Input provided by key clients and colleagues
  • Samples of work
  • Records of disciplinary action

Consider the question: “What can I do to help the employee do the job better and achieve developmental goals?”

Rating Scales and Sample Review Forms

In preparing for the review conversation, you will be completing a form which generally involves rating an employee’s work using a rating scale.
Managers and supervisors of non-represented staff should use the Achieve Together form.