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. It’s during these discussions with employees that weaknesses can be identified and firm plans can be put in place for improvement.
Plans for improvement can be a variety of things: establishing mentor relationships, signing up for a class that needs to be taken, or resource tools being made available. The plan, once decided upon, can then be given check points for successful completion.
Employers who address employee weaknesses and put firm plans in place to help an employee increase or improve his or her skills are the type of employers everyone wants to work for! A company helping an employee improve ultimately helps the company accomplish its goals. Hence, a win-win.