Sending Out Review Copies Before Annual Review Meeting

It’s annual review time around my organization again, so I’ve just sent out my review meeting notices and copies of my employee’s reviews. I prefer to send them out in advance so they’ve actually had a chance to read them before the meeting. Otherwise they spend the first few minutes scanning the review as fast as possible.

Sometimes though you have a review or two that isn’t likely to be that much fun to give and in that case I picked up this tip from Dick Grote:

“If the person you’re appraising is a marginal performer with a bad rating, wait until the beginning of the meeting to hand over the appraisal. This increases your control of the situation.”

— pg. 117 of Performance Appraisal Question and Answer Book</p>