8 Quick Tips for Successful Annual Employee Evaluations

December 14th, 2011

The annual employee evaluations you do play a significant role in your investment in your biggest asset: your employees. Evaluations are incredibly important because they provide direction to employees. Are they doing a good job? What do they need to improve on? Where do you need them to be in three months, six months or a year? However, many managers and business owners dread the process. It is confrontational and, to make things worse, you have to sit down and do a lot of work to make it happen.

Tips to Make Annual Employee Evals Successful

If you are going to do annual evaluations, do them properly. Here are some tips to help.

  1. Be sure that the tone and underlying goal of the evaluation is to praise employees who are doing a good job to encourage them. While it is important to point out underlying problems, ensure the evaluation has more positives than negatives.
  2. Make performance reviews timely. Trying to correct behavior problems from months ago is not going to provide the employee with any benefit. Set up a time period that works for you and then follow it. You do not want your employees sitting and waiting for their review either.
  3. When there is a problem, use a performance review to improve performance. Invest in employees that need more encouragement and focus by providing a thorough performance review. Employees should never be surprised by a bad review. Be sure that if you do need to use these for improvement, that you do so in a timely fashion so you can measure improvement over three to six months.
  4. Self-evaluations can be a good thing. Here, you are given the ability to sit down with an employee and fill out the evaluation together. The employee is able to rate him or herself based on skill and performance.
  5. Be consistent across the board. When you are talking to more than one employee for a review, it is important to keep the standards the same. Favoritism here can cause problems long term.
  6. Do keep these private. One of the worst things you can do is to talk to an employee about the things he or she needs to work on in front of others. It is degrading and that person will never respect you from that point out. The place where you conduct these reviews needs to be private and avoid interruptions. This shows you care about your employee’s needs.
  7. Give yourself enough time to talk about performance and goals with each employee. Most employees will have comments to talk about, too. Give them time for this. You want your employees to be able to open up to supervisors during these sessions.
  8. Be sure that your employees fully understand that performance evaluations are going to happen, when they will happen and what they mean for the employee. More so, be sure the employees know what to expect during the process. This puts them at ease. Upon hiring them, be sure that the employee knows an evaluation will occur at the 30-day mark (or when you need them to happen.)

Annual evaluations for employees provide information and bring people back to the same page. Ensure that the employee’s annual evaluation is all about his or her performance, not personal concerns.

5 Ways to Get Ready for Your Annual Performance Review

December 8th, 2011

Your annual employee performance review is coming up. Is there anything you can do right now to ensure you get the results you want? Most employers make this a time to discuss both what you think of your job and what they think of the job you are doing. While much of the development of a review is done ahead of this meeting, you still have some say in what happens here. If you take the time to get ready, you could influence your promotions, raises or working environment in the coming months.

Tips to Help You Get Ready

Prior to your annual performance review happening, it pays to have a clear frame of mind. You do not want to head into the meeting unaware of what is going to happen. The following tips can help you to be ready for this important meeting.

  1. Be prepared with information. Don’t go to your review meeting expecting your HR person to provide you with every bit of information. Be sure that you have outlined your accomplishments in the last year. Have a list of things you would like to discuss andf suggestions on how to improve your role, too.
  2. Take a long hard look at yourself. A self-assessment right now will help you to prepare for what your employer has to say. This gives you the ability to know what areas your strengths are in while also knowing where you need to put more work into to be successful. Judge yourself as you believe your boss is going to judge you. You will be mentally prepared for the event.
  3. Know who helped you get to where you are right now. Chances are good you plan to talk about yourself and your own accomplishments at this event, but you also need to consider the other people who helped you out along the way as well. Be able to explain how you worked as a team and how the allocation of resources or tasks benefited you.
  4. Decide what your goals are for the upcoming months and years. One of the questions most asked during an annual performance review is where you would like to be a year from now. Do you want to work towards a promotion? Do you plan to work in a different department? By having these goals outlined for yourself, you can better guide your employer’s decisions about how to manage you. “Hey, Jack wants to work in PR. Let’s get him trained.”
  5. Consider your overall work ethic. Do you need to make improvements here? Do you think you are worth the attention you are or are not getting? During your annual performance review, be sure to stress your strong work ethic or be able to talk about the changes you plan to make going forward.

Your annual performance review may be nothing more than listening to your employer talk. However, many reviews are all about what your thoughts and concerns are as well. You’ll need to prepare by examining where you are right now and where you plan to be. Know where your weaknesses are so you can address them. More so, be ready to claim your accomplishments, too.

Find out more about annual performance reviews by visiting TempStaff’s employee resources portal today!

The Rules of Working as a Temp: Dos and Don’ts

September 15th, 2011

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Joining a temporary staffing agency can be the single-most positive way to find work in today’s uncertain job market. By registering with a reputable staffing agency, you are automatically connected to a wide range of opportunities and companies looking for quality candidates just like you. Think of a staffing agency as a gateway to a better career path.

However, working with a temp agency is a little bit different from taking a job outright – there are some “rules” that you must follow in order to be successful. Be sure to review this handy list of Do’s and Don’ts to make your foray into temp work a success.

Do – Take the time to register with 1-3 top staffing agencies

While it’s not a great idea to register with every single staffing company in town, doing a little bit of research to find the best agencies will make all the difference later on. The best temp staffing companies are those that area companies turn to repeatedly for high quality assignments. A staffing agency is providing a valuable service to job seekers; therefore it’s ok to shop around for the best agencies that can meet your needs. Otherwise, you may end up with poor assignments and infrequent calls for work.

Don’t – Register for work with every staffing company on the block

Getting a job is not a numbers game and not all staffing companies can offer you the types of assignments you want. Focus in on the temp agencies that provide assignments in the areas you wish to work, such as administrative, labor or technical fields. This is how you will increase your chances of getting a job with a company you love and a position you can make a long-term career out of.

Do – Keep in touch with the recruiter at your staffing agency

One of the mistakes that many temp workers make is forgetting to keep in communication with the recruiter at the staffing agency. Each recruiter is assigned to you especially for the purpose of helping you get matched up with a great assignment. Take the time to keep in communication and provide updates for your recruiter by making a call to him or her at least once a week.

Don’t – Badmouth any temp agency or ruin an assignment

Keep in mind that staffing recruiters can and do talk to one another, so if you have a poor experience at one agency this information can travel to other agencies. If you find that you are not getting on well with one particular recruiter, ask to be assigned to a different person, or move on all together with. Never speak negatively or refuse to show up for an assignment as this information will travel to other agencies, and you’ll never get hired again. Be positive, punctual and professional at all times.

Do- Brush up on your skills for free at the temp agency

Feel like your skills are getting a little rusty? No problem! Most staffing agencies offer all kinds of free training opportunities, such as resume and interview support, general work skills training, and internship access. Ask about this when you register for work, and make it a point to take advantage of this service while you look for career opportunities so you’ll be ready when the call comes.

Don’t – Report to the assignment unprepared

One of the biggest no-no’s of temping is showing up late for an assignment or being unprepared for the work itself. Before you accept any temp assignment, get all the details such as what time you should report, what you should wear (including what kind of personal safety attire), and what the working conditions may be. Bring a packed lunch for the day, a notepad a pen, plus your timesheet to be signed by the onsite manager.

Do – Dress for success in your temp assignment

Whenever you get called for a temp assignment, be sure to dress appropriately for the assignment itself. For example, wear business attire for an office job, or slacks and a shirt for a warehouse job. Never show up in flip-flop sandals, beat up jeans, or clothes that are too tight or revealing. Remember, you want to give a great lasting impression, not a last one.

Want more tips for being successful in your temp assignments…or looking for a great new temp job? Contact the career experts at TempStaff today!