We’re mixing things up this quarter and doing quarterly check-ins instead of quarterly performance reviews. OK, so they are pretty much the same thing but we tweaked the naming to reflect that this is a conversation with your manager/direct report, it isn’t tied to an immediate raise/promotion, and is important for aligning goals. I’ve talked about performance reviews several times before. Here are the questions we ask now:
- What did you accomplish this quarter? (List top 5-10 accomplishments)
- What 5-10 goals will you focus on next quarter?
- How can you improve?
- How are you embracing the company values? (Please provide specific examples.)
The quarterly check-ins are frequent enough to remember what you accomplished and infrequent enough to not be burdensome. My recommendation is to do something similar to facilitate communication and feedback on a regular basis.
What else? What other ideas do you have about check-ins/performance reviews?