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Performance review practices can affect their value in business

Q&A with Kristin Simpsen

published in The Oklahoman | February 12, 2014

Labor and employment attorney Kristin Simpsen was interviewed by The Oklahoman about the value and benefits of an effective employee performance evaluation system.

Not only will good evaluations identify areas of improvement for employees, she said, but they will also ensure that employees are assigned tasks that meet their skill levels.

“Additionally, a successful system will give employees a sense of challenge and ownership in their work that is brought about by goals to improve and advance in the future. A good system will motivate and challenge employees and give employers and employees the opportunity to have a continuous dialogue about development and progress.”

As important as good evaluations are, though, the contents of such should never be a surprise to the employee, said Simpsen. “Employers should ensure that managers and supervisors are providing feedback to employees on a regular basis. Performance appraisals should simply be a means of memorializing that feedback.”