Q & D Results: Performance Reviews

A recent Quick & Dirty Survey asked, “Do you have staff performance reviews? If yes, how often?”

50% of respondents answered YES

50% of respondents answered NO

Most YES respondents said they have performance reviews annually. Here are some of the YES responses:

  • “We have annual ‘January Meetings’ where I take each staff member out to lunch individually, talk about the various work assignments that make the business tick, where that staff member can/does help. It is as much a performance review of the business as a whole as it is a staff performance review, and I learn a lot from it.”
  • “We do them at the end of the employee’s first year, when management deems one necessary, and at the employee’s request.”
  • “We do a review at the end of a staff person’s probation period. And then… um, well – often that’s it. *cringe*”
  • “Yes, we do staff reviews but very rarely. I usually just comment if something comes up, either a compliment, or a suggestion for improvement. Rarely, rarely do I actually reprimand.”

And some of the NO respondents answered:

  • “No formal staff reviews. We do try to address issues as they come up. And we do write a lot of recommendations for temporary help after they’ve moved on.”
  • “I’d love to, but it’s not how we roll.”
  • “We address problems as they come up, and give atta girls and atta boys as soon as they’re earned.”

Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay