Available for Interviews: Dr. Kelly Waltman
Kelly Waltman, PhD, is the Founder and CEO of SLR Leadership Consultion, LLC. She is also the author of Elevate Connection: Cutivate and Engaged, Inspired, Productive and Profitable Team Culture.
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on Performance Reviews:
While a more formal annual review has its place in reviewing progress and in facilitating promotions and pay raise considerations, I advise strongly against relying on the annual appraisal process as your primary method of relaying feedback for employee performance.
- Some of the top concerns with annual reviews include the following: Key accomplishments earlier in the year are often forgotten, inadequate rating scales, and lack of opportunity for meaningful feedback
If your company is continuing the practice of annual reviews, here are some key suggestions:
- Schedule quarterly interim reviews, keep a monthly log of employee achievements/progress (whether in a notebook or file), and an email folder for each employee, and supplement standard forms with meaningful guidance and feedback.
- Don’t avoid difficult conversations and critical feedback throughout the year and then use the annual appraisal as the opportunity to give the individual a laundry list of complaints.
- Make sure nothing in your review is a surprise to the individual. If you are providing regular, ongoing feedback, nothing should surprise the employee. You wouldn’t want to be blindsided by criticism and you shouldn’t do that to your employees.
Interview: Dr. Kelly Waltman
Kelly Waltman, PhD, is the Founder and CEO of SLR Leadership Consultion, LLC. She is also the author of Elevate Connection: Cutivate and Engaged, Inspired, Productive and Profitable Team Culture. Located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, SLR Leadership Consulting offers individual- and team-based coaching and professional development services with an emphasis on workplace culture, communication, and getting comfortable with feedback.
With over twenty years of experience developing and delivering curricula, Dr. Waltman has a passion for helping individuals learn and grow. From the classroom to the boardroom, she has designed content for groups of all sizes. She also brings over a decade of managerial and leadership experience to her work—holding director-level positions with previous employers, and serving as a board member for local non-profit organizations.
In addition to her work with SLR Leadership Consulting, Dr. Waltman founded She Leads and Reads, a monthly book club, and content curation site focused on personal and professional development books.
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