Bosses dread it.
Direct reports dread it even more.
It’s often unhelpful, always stressful and happens every year.
It’s annual performance reviews.
The idea of offering feedback to your team comes from a good place, a great place actually. In a perfect world, you would have a comfortable conversation about how the past year had gone, what your direct report feels they accomplished and where they would like to improve.
You would have a concise but thorough document outlining their important projects, where they had demonstrated leadership and how they could plan for the coming year.
If only it were that easy.
But here are some tips on how to give a good performance review: