An easy way to make one of your team members feel great
In some organizations employees are asked to confidentially evaluate their peers. I don’t like this idea. I think people will always figure out who said what about them, leading to nothing but trouble.
Bosses should know employee performance inside-out. If they don’t, they should never use employee peers as a crutch. Great bosses pay attention, and truly know the people they lead.
I do use this idea a very different way and it works wonders. Before a scheduled coaching session with one of my team, I will talk to their immediate co-workers, usually one-on-one, but sometimes in a group and ask them simply, “what is great about Ann”. I then make up a list of the best of what each person said.
- Kevin really appreciates how much you care about your customers, for example how you pushed through that improvement for XYZ Company.
- Leanne loves being able to bounce tough situations off you; you are always willing to listen and she especially loves that you appreciate her sense of humour.
- Kristen loves that no matter how busy you are, you always have time to help her and you really seem to care about her success.
- Jason thinks you are a super star at everything you do. Definitely an A player.
I do this as part of a scheduled meeting, but you can do this anytime.
This process makes not just Ann, but Kevin, Leanne, Kristen and Jason all feel good too. Try it!
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