Last Updated Apr 29, 2009 10:25 AM EDT
So it's no wonder we all breathe a sigh of relief when the discussion ends. Time to get back to work!
Um, not so fast, says Cynthia M. Phoel. In her Harvard Business Publishing post Feedback that Works, Phoel argues that the end of the review is not the end of the job. Managers must follow through on changes identified with the employee.
"Your employees' ability to make that leap requires ongoing support," she writes. "Thus, follow-through is vital. Ask, 'Now what are the next steps you will take, and how can I support your progress?' Plan to meet again in a month."I would add that the follow-up meeting isn't just for gauging progress, but also to provide your staffer an opportunity to respond with new thoughts or suggestions realized in the intervening 30 days. I suggest setting the follow-up meeting before the review takes place, so that all parties understand it will be part of the process.
Are formal follow-ups a routine part of your review procedure? Do they work?