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Past Year – What Have You Learned?

Past Year - What Have You Learned?

Look back at this past year – what have you learned? Take some time now to reflect on how it’s gone and what you might do differently or better as a result. Look at the goals you set – both business and personal and think about how well they met the objective behind them.

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Helpful Evaluations Support Your Employees

Helpful Evaluations Support Your Employees

Create helpful evaluations to share with your employees as part of your annual review process. Write the evaluation before you meet with the employee. Decide if you need to update it based on the review conversation. Once you have edited the evaluation provide a copy to the employee.

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End Of Year Status Check – A Case Study

End Of Year Status Check - A Case Study

In 2015, some very large companies announced they weren’t going to do end-of-year reviews any more. One small company decided these headlines were the excuse they needed to stop doing end-of-year reviews. A couple of years later, when I started working with them, the impact of their decision was being felt.

They use SMART goals and they check-in with their team several times a year, both of which are great. The challenge they had when I stated working with them was trying to raise the bar overall. That’s what I’ll share with you in this article.

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Mid-year Review – Stop and Take Stock

Mid-year Review – Stop and Take Stock

It’s mid-year review time! We’re half the way through the year, so stop for a moment to take stock of how your team are doing. Hopefully you set them SMART goals earlier in the year. And hopefully you’ve provided feedback and guidance to your team along the way. But now is an excellent time to have a semi-formal review with your team to make sure they are on track to achieve their goals. If their goals align with your business goals, their success is your success.

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Review Time – Give Feedback And Update Goals As Needed

Review Time – Give Feedback And Update Goals As Needed

Review time! Many of us started the year well by setting some – hopefully SMART – goals. Hopefully you, like me, are now well on your way to achieving those goals.


Now we’re a few months into the year it’s a great time to review those goals (if you haven’t already) to see how we’re doing. Are we on track? Do we need to make adjustments to get back on track or to stay on track? Or are we doing well? If we’re doing well we should give ourselves a pat on the back and resolve to keep up the good work for the rest of the year.

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The Final Review – A Case Study

The final review at the end of the year can be a productive meeting or a battle of egos. It’s a great opportunity for feedback and to discuss changes that could be made that will benefit everyone. If we don’t learn from our mistakes it won’t end well (my tenuous link to the photo!).

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Lessons Learned As You Reflect On Another Year

Lessons Learned As You Reflect On Another Year

What are your ‘lessons learned’ as you reflect on the past year? The end of the year is a time we typically look back on the goals we set at the start of the year. Hopefully they were SMART goals and you know if you achieved them or not. The end of the year is also a traditional time to step back and look at the bigger picture of the year overall.

If you look back at this past year – both business and personal – what do you think went well and what didn’t? Now is a good time of year to take a few minutes and quietly reflect and write some positives and negatives down, before we get caught up in the festive season. It doesn’t need to be tied to specific goals, think broader and bigger.

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Review – Don’t Make It Too Spicy

Review – Don’t Make It Too Spicy

When the subject of the end-of-year performance review comes up, many people say their experiences over the years have not been good.

Those people who have had a good experience with their end-of-year review are people who were not surprised by the outcome presented in the review, because they had clear goals to work towards, and received ongoing feedback along the way. They were also people who received a well-written accurate and balanced evaluation that was tied to their goals.

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Evaluation – Write A ‘Good’ One

Evaluation – Write A ‘Good’ One

Create a well-written evaluation to share with your employees as part of your annual review process. In it, reflect on the goals that you agreed with them at the start of the year.

Be clear about the strengths that the employee has demonstrated. Equally, be clear about any areas of weakness that have shown up, where there is an opportunity for improvement. Mention any development needs that have emerged, and above all write it in a fair, balanced and constructive way.

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Midyear Review Time – You’re Halfway There!

Midyear Review Time – You’re Halfway There!

It’s midyear review time! We’re half the way through the year, which is an excellent time to take stock of how we’re doing. Hopefully we all started the year with some SMART goals. You should now be well on your way to achieving those goals. If you’re not, you still have half a year left to get yourself back on track.

Now is the time to do a midyear review. If you’re doing well, give yourself a pat on the back. Take the time to congratulate yourself and feel good about what you’ve achieved so far. Are the goals for the rest of the year still relevant? Adjust them or create new ones if required.

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