How to effectively write about team member's strengths?
End of cycle review requires managers to spend quality time reviewing the overall performance of their team members. Managers are expected summarise team members' impact or contribution, strengths, growth areas and future experiences.
Strengths are the positive behaviours demonstrated by the employee in achieving the desired impact during the previous performance summary cycle.
A few guidelines for managers on how to articulate a team member's strengths are:
- Consistent with Impact - When summarising an employee's strengths, managers must note that these strengths should be consistent with the impact achieved by the employee during the performance summary cycle. For example, if the positive behaviour displayed is "commitment", the manager should not refer to "integrity" as the behaviour.
- Clearly demonstrable - The employee should have clearly demonstrated the positive behaviours during the performance review cycle.
- Substantive - In addition to the clear demonstration, the positive behaviours must be substantive i.e. important, meaningful and considerable.
- Peer validation - Managers should collect feedback from the colleagues with which the employee has collaborated in his or achievements. A validation by peers lends credibility to the impact summary.