Performance Appraisal in Team Management

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    © Copyright Carter McNamara, MBA, PhD, Authenticity Consulting, LLC. Adapted
    from the Field Guide to Leadership and Supervision in Business and
    Field Guide to Leadership and Supervision for Nonprofit Staff.

    Strongly Suggested Pre-Reading

    Team Performance Management: Performance Planning Phase

    Approaches to Doing Team Performance Appraisal

    As in our description of team performance planning, we will continue with our example of the IT Department. So at this point in our example, a performance plan has already been developed for the team.

    9. Conduct ongoing observations and measurements to track performance.
    The team’s supervisor would monitor the percentage of uptime of the computers.

    • In a progressive approach, this would also occur, and any indications that performance was not at the preferred level (as collaboratively decided by the supervisor, team, and internal customers) would promptly be discussed with the team.
    • In a more traditional approach, an objective assessment tool would be used to evaluate the performance of the team. Here are a variety of online assessment tools. The progressive approach might combine an online tool with the supervisor’s monitoring.

    10. Exchange ongoing feedback about performance. Feedback is information relevant to how well results are being achieved. Useful feedback is timely, feasible, and understood. Ideally, feedback addresses the key activities to improve or reinforce performance. Usually, the larger the number of sources sharing feedback, the more accurate the depiction of the team’s activities. In our example, the team’s supervisor and the lead member of the team, as well as key contacts in the internal customers’ areas, would regularly share feedback about the quality of uptime.

    11. Conduct a performance appraisal (sometimes called a performance review).
    A performance appraisal (or review) includes documentation of desired results, standards of performance, progress toward achieving the results, how well they were achieved, examples indicating achievement, suggestions to improve performance, and how those suggestions can be followed. Traditionally, there is an annual meeting to discuss the appraisal.

    In our example, the appraisal should include input from the supervisor of the team and key personnel from the internal customers served by the IT Department.

    • In a progressive approach, performance review documentation and meetings would occur more than once a year in order to remain relevant to any changes in the goals of the organization, customers, and team. Any review meetings would not include any surprises for team members, as any concerns about performance would have been addressed as soon as they occurred.

    12. If performance meets or exceeds the desired performance standards, then reward the team for their performance. In our example, the team members may get a letter of recognition, increased compensation, or a promotion.

    Next, see Team Performance Management: Development Planning Phase.

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