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Proper Employee Performance Evaluation

Managers evaluating an employee.

Did you know that if you misspoke or said the wrong thing during an employee evaluation, you could be held liable in a court of law later on? If you terminate one of your employees for poor performance, but they have positive or solid employee reviews in writing with your company on file, then it will come back to haunt you. We’d like to supply you with a few tips on giving proper reviews that will keep you from facing consequences further down the line.

Performance Evaluation Best Practices

Having employee evaluations is very important for you and your company, because you want to give your employees a goal, and have them strive to improve. We don’t want you to avoid evaluations, we just want them to be done correctly so you don’t suffer in the long run.

There are a few key points you’ll want to touch up on while you are evaluating your employees, which include their performance on the job, their upcoming goals for development, their mission and upcoming objectives, and their accomplishments. If there were any problems with your employee, be sure to discuss them, and document them in writing, along with the objectives or solutions being implemented.  

Sometimes, during an evaluation, significantly poor performance can be uncovered, and you’ll need to discipline them.  Be sure that if you’re going to follow-up with progressive discipline, your actions are both fair and justified. You should also use an employee performance appraisal as demonstrated by Inc, just in case, to avoid future lawsuits.  If you need guidelines for evaluating your employees, you can follow Business Management Daily’s 10 Secrets to an Effective Performance Review, or use Entrepreneur’s employee performance evaluation form.

Get Coverage

There are a lot of things to consider during employee evaluations,. To make sure you never make a mistake that can ruin your business, be sure you have the right EPLI coverage. If you have any questions about EPLI, need to make a change in your policy, or be sure you have the coverage you need, you can always reach out to our trusted Insurance Agent, Brian O’Connor, and he’ll be happy to help you out.

Brian P. O’Connor

Licensed Insurance Agent

(860) 805-7001

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