Forget Traditional Performance Reviews: 3 Reasons Why You No Longer Need Them

//Forget Traditional Performance Reviews: 3 Reasons Why You No Longer Need Them

Forget Traditional Performance Reviews: 3 Reasons Why You No Longer Need Them

It’s becoming more evident that traditional performance reviews aren’t as effective as they once were. Today’s workers have different values than their predecessors. Construction professionals want more than just a paycheck. They also want professional advancement, flexibility, continuing education, and opportunities to make a difference in the world around them. As construction recruiters, we also see that the way employees are given feedback can sometimes be ineffective. Here are some reasons why you should forget traditional performance reviews if you want to land and retain the best talent for your construction jobs.

Based on Your Opinion

During a performance review, you are basically sharing your opinion about your employees unless you have gathered and documented specific examples throughout the year regarding the contributions of each of your employees. And even if you have, sharing those documented instances can cause your employees to get defensive and feel like they are under attack when their contributions are viewed as unfavorable. The fallout can be very disruptive to workplace harmony in the weeks that follow a performance review. It’s time to leave the blame and shame method in the past and prove that you are on the same team as your employees. Find ways to regularly share positive feedback with your team so that a balance is struck between encouragement and constructive criticism.

Create Unnecessary Anxiety

Employees keep the date of their upcoming reviews in the back of their minds. You can feel the tension in the air as these dates gets closer because your employees will become apprehensive about the potential of either being promoted or demoted. Another downfall of annual reviews is that they are almost always delayed, further distracting your employees from their work. If you really want to foster long-term growth and trust, then provide members of your team with several small doses of feedback versus the all-in-one session.

Ineffective and Inefficient

Imagine being the coach of a team of elite athletes, regardless of the sport, you need to provide them with feedback before, during and after the game to ensure their best performance. There are a number of tools that we now have at our disposal that were not available in the past. You can encourage your employees to use online apps like Snapshot to request regular assessments on a variety of key skills including business acumen, global acumen, technical capability, leadership skills and relationships. TINYpulse Perform is another up-and-coming tool that enables construction estimators to share their goals with you and even rate their performances on specific projects.

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By | 2019-07-11T10:17:47-04:00 July 11th, 2019|Construction Blog|

About the Author:

The Birmingham Group has been serving the construction industry since 1967. Brian Binke took over the firm in 1995 and since that time, he has personally placed over 1200 construction managers and senior leaders, with company revenues ranging from $10 million dollars to the largest ENR 400 companies in the industry. Brian is an industry innovator, with a specialized skillset in construction. His keen understanding of business, the construction industry, and ability to effectively match and recruit top leaders has led to many accolades. He was ranked the #1 International Billing Owner in the construction industry for his own personal production and has been consistently recognized as one of the Top 10 International Billing Owners out of 800 owners worldwide. This includes owners across every industry. In 2013, Brian was awarded the #1 International Billing Owner within the entire network. For over two decades, Brian has been considered one of the most influential thought leaders in the construction industry. His business and construction knowledge are used as a resource for some of the nation’s most prominent publications. In the past year alone, Brian has been quoted in or authored articles for The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, MoneyWatch, Construction Today, ConstructionDive, United Rentals, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, American Express, Builder Magazine, and Human Resource Executive, among others. "I believe companies are a lot like sports teams. The team with the best players usually wins. It is my passion to deliver the absolute best talent to my client companies – the market’s top performers, the talent that every company wants to hire but which seldom seems available. To put it simply, I thrive on helping my clients build their Dream Team." - Brian Binke, The Birmingham Group

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