Employee self-assessments are part of the annual reviews that businesses find useful in maintaining a strong workforce. An employee self-assessment is part of the larger assessment process, during which a review of an employee's work over the course of a year is implemented. The manager plays a large role in this review and is typically responsible for how the employee self-assessments are made.
An employee self-assessment in only one part of the larger employee review process. The reason that employee self-assessments can be so effective is that they serve the function of forcing an employee to honestly assess strengths and weaknesses during the performance of job functions. Most employers understand that only when an employee understands the ways in which performance has been lacking can he work toward improvement.
The employee self-assessment takes place annually as part of the annual employee review process. The usual time frame for conducting an annual review is within a couple of months. When an annual review process drags out for more than two or three months, the impact and benefits of the review process are diminished. Human resource departments understand that consistency in the time frame for annual reviews is important to making the review process more efficient.
Employee self-assessments are composed of several features. They tend to have an employee rate the employee's performance over the past year in specific areas such as communication, achievement of goals and time management. An employee self-assessment can also have the employee set goals for the upcoming year. Employee self-assessments also give the employee an opportunity to make general comments.
Some companies overdo the annual ritual of the employee review. When the employee self-assessment is thrown into the mix, the results can be wasted time. It can be the case that employees spend an entire month fretting about and fine-tuning the self-assessment. The employee review process, including employee self-assessments, are most effective when they are given the correct amount of importance and time.
Some employers often have the misconception that employees will not be honest with their self-assessments. If this was the case, employee self-assessments would not be such a popular part of the annual review process for a growing number of businesses. Human resource departments understand that giving an employee responsibility will motivate that employee to perform better on the job.
When employees know they will be giving themselves self-assessments as part of the annual review process, employees will generally be more attuned to doing their jobs better. It's a strategy of empowerment that has worked well for many Fortune 500 companies.
Doug Hewitt has been writing for over 20 years and has a Master of Arts from University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He authored the book "The Practical Guide to Weekend Parenting," which includes health and fitness hints for parents. He and his wife, Robin, are coauthors of the "Free College Resource Book."