As Director of Human Resources for People, people who need people. com, I have created the following training proposal which will include common problems that occur when managers complete performance reviews and suggestions for supervisors on how to eliminate or reduce these problems. The common problems I have identified when conducting my research for this training are as follows: O The "halo effect" which as the name implies causes supervisors to only see the "angel" in an employee and blinds them by ignoring smaller problem areas that require growth and development. (San Joaquin County Human Resources Division, 2002) O The "comparing employees effect" evaluates one employee to another employee without considering the different tasks they are required to perform. (Neely, G. ) O The "central tendency effect" is when supervisors rate their employees as meeting standards on each task they are being evaluated on.
They don't want to provide documentation when the employee is not performing to expectations. They don't want to be the "bad guy" and choose to not "upset" the employee with negative feedback. (Neely, G. ) O The "pitchfork effect" is evaluating the employee on a recent event whether positive or negative, rather than evaluating them for the entire time of the evaluation.
(San Joaquin County Human Resources Division, 2002) O The "labeling effect" is a preconceived perception of the employee. (San Joaquin County Human Resources Division, 2002) O The "mirroring effect" is when supervisors favor employees that remind them of themselves and have difficulty assessing and valuing the differences others bring to the workplace. (San Joaquin County Human Resources Division, 2002) The following solutions are what I am proposing to eliminate or reduce these problems: O On the "halo effect," produce continuous documentation over the duration of the evaluation, which will assist supervisors in writing the employee's evaluation. O On "comparing employees," write their evaluations at different times, which will give the supervisor time to center on one employee at a time.
O For the "central tendency effect," supervisors need to identify problem areas with identifiable solutions and the leadership to resolve these problem areas. By providing information that is constructive, the supervisor is helping the person become an improved person. O On the "pitchfork effect," supervisors need to remember that they are evaluating the employee for the entire time frame indicated on the evaluation. Constant records of performance, helps the supervisor stay away from focusing on a particular event.
O For the "labeling effect," supervisors need to be aware of their insights and preconceived notions, and stay away from them when preparing an evaluation. O On the "mirroring effect," it is important for the supervisor to consider the individual work performance of each employee and avoid preferential treatment. Employee evaluations serve as an important mechanism to measure an employee's performance on the job. We as supervisors owe it to the employee to provide constructive feedback on their strengths and weaknesses.
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