Q & A – How can I get managers to complete performance appraisals on time?

Q: How can I get managers to complete performance appraisals on time?

A: The most effective way to ensure the timeliness of completing performance appraisals is to make this activity (as well as the ongoing performance management process) one of the primary job requirements for supervisors.  Holding them accountable in their own performance goals for completing appraisals effectively and on time should be built into the process itself as part of supervisors’ expectations. One option is to emphasize the year around aspect of ongoing performance management.  Design your process around regular, frequent interaction rather than a once a year event.  Automating the process with calendar reminders and due dates may also help to keep managers on track.  Reinforce the idea that communication on a consistent basis is an integral part of performance management, a completed form is a tool to facilitate communication not a primary goal.