Jul 11, 2016
It’s review time and you need to give your employees meaningful feedback on what they’ve done this year, but for the life of you, you can’t think of what to say. You know they’ve made some great accomplishments and you know you’ve been thinking to yourself that there are areas where you wish your department were stronger, but when the time comes to write it all down your mind goes blank.
Keeping notes on your employees throughout the review cycle can result in more constructive feedback and can lighten the burden for you as the manager to remember everything about how each of your employees performs throughout the year.
When keeping notes on your employees, there are many options that will help personalize it just the way you need.
Keeping It Private. As a supervisor, some of your notes might be for your eyes only. It’s important that all performance notes are kept confidential.
Keep Track of Every Aspect. When you work within a large company keeping track of everything can be difficult. But there are ways to make it simple. Separating each journal entry can help you save time when looking for old entries. For example, categorizing your journals under attendance, attitude, coworker comment, general, or performance related.
Add Notes or Special Attachments. Different situations arise each day and it can be difficult to deal with everything or remember every little detail. That’s why adding performance related notes can help, especially when completing an appraisal. For example, if documenting a disciplinary action, you may want to attach a signed document or your personal thoughts on the situation.
View All Journals. Sometimes it’s nice to see everything laid out in front of you. Or sometimes you are looking for journals created during a specific time frame. Being able to filter journals can help find that journal that’s been eluding you. Whether you show all journals, those that were created since Last Appraisal, or by a specific date range.
With LightWork Talent Management, you can keep notes throughout the review cycle for both your employees and yourself. Want to remember when Michael nailed that presentation, when Carolyn closed that sale in record time, or when your department was finished before all other teams on a project? Need to document performance improvement discussions and keep track of signed employee documents? Employee Journals in LightWork allow you to do all those things and more.