Performance Evaluations

Performance evaluation

This time of year, it is very common for companies to schedule performance appraisals for employees.  There may be a policy that governs how these evaluations are conducted, and there are likely standardized sheets used to guide those evaluating.  This process sometimes becomes such a part of the routine that it is shortcut or ignored.  Keep these things in mind working through the process:

  1. Education for those doing the evaluation is a must.  This includes reasons for evaluation and how it should be conducted.
  2. Communication is essential, both in obtaining input about employees and letting employees know the results.
  3. Consistency is necessary.  The same scale should apply so that evaluation means something with how the employees are viewed and how they are managed.
  4. The information in the forms matters.  We are all familiar with situations where an employee has been a chronic problem for years but performance appraisals are glowing.  That really helps a former employee with a claim alleging pre-textual termination.
  5. Honest and accurate evaluations can assist in many areas, whether it is in review of a business unit or department, function of supervisors, or investment of resources.  They can lead to better work from employees or can inform decisions about taking adverse employment action.
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About Andrew (Andy) Wampler

For over a decade, I have provided legal services to businesses and individuals in Northeast Tennessee. I spend time litigating breaches of contract, medical malpractice, and commercial disputes and have worked on a number of transactions. I also advise businesses, working much of my time on healthcare and employment matters.

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