A company’s workforce is one of the great advantages a business can have. The people of an organization are the ones who get the work done and help businesses accomplish missions and objectives. As such, employee evaluations can let managers gauge how well employees are developing their professional potential and contributing to significant organizational achievements.
Defining Employee Evaluations
According to the University of California at Berkeley, employee evaluations are assessments of how an employee performs in the workplace, and how their productive efforts contribute to the overall success of a company. Many companies provide their workforce with codes of conduct that outline expected standards for performance, behavior and productivity. Based on what is described in the code of conduct, a manager will compare the outcomes of an employee evaluation to see if an employee fits with the organization’s standards.
Many organizations maintain a commitment to an ethical work environment. As such, managers assess employees during their evaluations to see how the employee exemplifies ethical behaviors. This assessment includes examining their professional construct and noting if they conduct business professionally and legally. Employee evaluations allow managers to score how well, or poorly, an employee exhibits ethical behavior.
Setting goals is a fundamental part of employee management. Managers who set clear, measurable goals allow employees to fully understand what’s expected of them in the workplace. Some managers encourage employees to set goals and objectives for themselves, as this gives employees a sense of ownership for the work they do. According to Time Management Guide, there is a link between goal-setting and increased motivation in business management.
During an employee evaluation process it is common for managers to analyze an employee’s objectives, and compare those objectives against how the employee actually performed. Did the employee meet their targeted goals? Did they exceed their goals? Time Management Guide explains that this kind of information can be valuable to managers, as it can exhibit how committed and motivated an employee is to their work.
Looking for Quality
Part of the employee evaluation process includes reviewing the quality of the employee’s work. Managers can assess the quality of an employee’s performance by reviewing their products, services or projects, looking at if the employee completed assignments on time and determining if the employee consistently performed at the same level of quality.
Employee evaluations may analyze how well an employee communicates. Being an effective communicator, according to Study Guides and Strategies, can be based on an employee’s speaking and listening skills. Managers can gauge how well an employee communicates based on conversations and assignments that the employee was a part of. The reason communication is analyzed during employee evaluations is because communication is a fundamental part of the business world. Having strong communication skills can have many benefits. Through communication tactics, companies can build relationships and strategic alliances or enhance marketing campaigns.
Kyra Sheahan has been a writer for various publications since 2008. Her work has been featured in "The Desert Leaf" and "Kentucky Doc Magazine," covering health and wellness, environmental conservatism and DIY crafts. Sheahan holds an M.B.A. with an emphasis in finance.