Simple, Positive Performance Appraisals – Three ‘Keepers’ and a ‘Polisher’

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Judith Kors

By: Judith Kors – July 2015

Here’s a nice simple one to take home at the end of the day (…and week…and month)…

It’s strange. The ‘performance appraisal’, something that is ultimately aimed at improving the standards, capabilities, and productivity of the workforce can, if not done properly, do the exact opposite, leaving staff negative, angry, and disengaged.

A while back on ABC Radio Brisbane, a school teacher called in to talk about the way in which she appraised her pupils. Much in line with what most people (although unfortunately not all people) now acknowledge as the best way to critique (and improve on) performance without making the person feel stupid, useless, and demotivated, she spoke of their motto ‘Three Keepers and a Polisher’ – i.e. “Here’s three things you’re doing perfectly, great job, please keep doing them, and here’s something I want you to try to improve on”.

So simple and easy to implement and yet so effective – something to pass on to your organisation’s managers perhaps?

Have a great weekend!

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