Monday, August 21, 2006

Make those reviews encouraging

"Jeroboam stood out during the construction as strong and able. When Solomon observed what a good worker he was, he put the young man in charge of the entire workforce of the tribe of Joseph." 1 Kings 11:28 (MSG)

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. ~ Mother Teresa

Everyone needs to know and feel they are doing a good job. The tool many employers use is the review. It makes time for an employer to evaluate the worker's performance, apply a reward (a raise, promotion, bonus), and/or make needed adjustments to improve job performance.

A wise employer/manager uses it as a time of encouragement even if the employee is not working up to his potential. He will praise the strengths of the worker and discuss how those strengths might make his job performance improve.

A wise employee uses the review as a way to encourage his employer. This is not meant as "brown nosing" or earning "brownie points." It should be a truthful expression, one which tells the employer/manager that what he is doing that is helpful to the employees or the business.

Encouraging one another makes for a stronger work force and better business.

(copyright 2006 Karen Robbins)

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