The very mention of performance reviews is enough to induce groans in most employees, and who can blame them? No one likes getting negative feedback, and everyone likes hard-earned pay raises. However, there’s no reason why managers can’t make performance reviews a positive experience on both sides of the table. The overarching goal of performance reviews should always be an outcome that benefits both the staff and the larger organisation.
Setting career goals is not an easy process because, by definition, you’re attempting to influence something that hasn’t happened yet. You could be talking about the far future, and you don’t know how the work landscape will look in two weeks, never mind two years.
What does the arrival of summer mean for you this year? Is it just an opportunity to start soaking up the sun, or are you hoping to transform your life with a brand-new career?
It’s funny how fast the months seem to pass isn’t it? I was chatting to a candidate we placed earlier this year, and I was surprised to realise that it was way back in February that they started in their new role.