Employee anxiety and confusion prior to being evaluated can be extremely costly both in lost productivity and bottom-line results. When employees become stressed and worried to the point of anxiety and confusion, this is a losing proposition for both the employee and the company.
Employee evaluations, when done correctly, are the best time to make sure your employees know — based on objective criteria — what level of minimal performance is acceptable and what is considered outstanding. Knowing what is expected and what will be measured (and how it is measured) is a proven strategy for reducing anxiety and confusion.
Will some employees still be stressed? Maybe. Research shows that those who are the most stressed are generally the ones not performing at the acceptable level. In cases where an employee is not performing at the desired level, it’s during evaluation time that plans can be laid out with specific goals for achieving improvement.