Employers commonly ask whether they should use performance evaluations or coaching to improve employee performance. The answer is both. They each have different purposes, but they aren’t mutually exclusive.
Coaching focuses on helping employees advance their career development over time. It helps employees do their current jobs more effectively so they can be star performers. Coaching focuses on continuous improvement throughout the entire performance management cycle.
Performance evaluations, often done annually, document the employee’s performance goals and development goals. They assess performance for the prior review period and set objectives for the period going forward.
If you coach your employees regularly, there should be no surprises when it comes to performance evaluation time. In fact, the regular coaching can take performance management to the next level. Instead of striving after satisfactory performance, you’re aiming to help make solid performers even better.
To learn more about coaching and performance evaluations – and how to make both work for you -- watch the free, 1-hour webinar, "Performance Evaluations & Coaching."