Performance reviews are an important channel for employees. They get the opportunity to hear honest feedback from their managers, and learn about their successes and areas of improvement. One study has found, however, that female employees are more likely to receive kinder feedback than their male counterparts.
In addition to the gender factor in play, this could also be due to managers preferring to focus on successes during reviews. “We tend to gloss over failure in the year-end review in a misdirected attempt to avoid disengagement and end the year on a positive note,” said Wesley Connor, global vice president of learning & development at Randstad.
To ensure employees receive fair and accurate feedback that they can use to improve their work performance, Connor suggested that managers should focus on “what was learned by not hitting a performance goal” and “distilling the learning and helping the employee identify how this new insight will shape their behavior moving forward.”
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