How Do You Handle Employee Disagreements Over Performance Evaluations?


    How Do You Handle Employee Disagreements Over Performance Evaluations?

    When an employee disagrees with their performance evaluation, it's a delicate situation that requires tact and understanding. We've gathered insights from four human resources managers, including a Professional Development Consultant and a Head of Human Resources, on how to handle such scenarios. Their strategies range from facilitating skill development workshops to creating space for open communication, offering a comprehensive guide for navigating these challenging conversations.

    • Facilitate Skill Development Workshops
    • Engage in Respectful Dialogue
    • Encourage Transparent Discussions
    • Create Space for Open Communication

    Facilitate Skill Development Workshops

    At a contract role I worked, an employee believed their evaluation didn't reflect their professional growth. We arranged for them to attend skill-development workshops aligned with their career aspirations. We then set new performance goals based on the skills acquired. The employee felt their development was valued, and it led to improved morale and also a notable increase in their productivity and quality of work.

    Vanessa Anello
    Vanessa AnelloProfessional Development Consultant, Workforce Charm, LLC

    Engage in Respectful Dialogue

    If, in this case, I decided to engage the employee in an open, respectful conversation and to listen carefully to what he had to say, while providing clear explanations for the feedback given, we took a close look at his performance compared to the objectives set at the beginning of the year and discussed each point in detail to make sure that our perception didn't overlook any gaps or achievements. By talking about the feedback transparently and respectfully, I felt we both arrived at a mutual understanding and open agreement for the evaluation. The employee felt more appreciated, and, taking an active part in the process, he agreed with the outcomes, and we could together define a clear action plan going forward, including additional counseling and support from our team, along with regular check-ins to follow up on progress. Overall, at the end of the meeting, the employee was more motivated and committed to his own development and success in the company.

    Sunaree Komolchomalee
    Sunaree KomolchomaleeHead of Human Resources, Cupid Digital PR Agency

    Encourage Transparent Discussions

    At Polar Engraving, I encountered an employee who disagreed with their performance evaluation and felt their contributions were undervalued. I scheduled a private meeting to discuss their concerns in detail. We reviewed their goals, metrics, and specific examples of their work, which allowed us to pinpoint where our perspectives diverged.

    I encouraged open dialogue, allowing employees to present their achievements and areas where they felt overlooked. This transparent approach helped clarify misunderstandings and provided a platform for the employees to voice their frustrations. Remaining objective and focused on factual evidence was crucial. Together, we identified areas for improvement and set clear, measurable goals for the future.

    The result was a mutual understanding and a revised performance plan. The employee felt heard and motivated to meet the new objectives. This approach resolved the initial disagreement and strengthened trust and communication within the team.

    Patrick Calman
    Patrick CalmanCEO, Polar Engraving

    Create Space for Open Communication

    I once had a team member, Sarah, who was visibly upset after receiving her performance review. While her technical skills were excellent, her collaboration and communication scores were lower than expected. She felt the evaluation didn't accurately reflect her contributions and was frustrated that her perspective hadn't been fully considered.

    My first step was to acknowledge her feelings and create a safe space for open communication. I assured her that her perspective mattered and that I was genuinely interested in understanding her point of view. We scheduled a follow-up meeting where she could elaborate on her concerns without interruption.

    During the meeting, I actively listened to her feedback, asked clarifying questions, and took detailed notes. I made sure to acknowledge her achievements and express my appreciation for her hard work. We then reviewed specific examples from the evaluation, discussing her perception of those situations and exploring alternative interpretations.

    This open dialogue led to a deeper understanding of her work style and the challenges she faced. Together, we developed a plan for improvement that focused on enhancing her communication and collaboration skills. This included specific, measurable goals, regular check-ins, and additional training resources.

    Over the next few months, I witnessed a remarkable transformation in Sarah. She became more proactive in communicating with her colleagues, actively sought feedback, and took initiative in collaborative projects. Her confidence grew, and her overall performance improved significantly. In the following performance review, her scores reflected this positive change, and she expressed her appreciation for the open and supportive approach we had taken.

    Alex Cornici
    Alex CorniciDirector of Marketing, Awesome Hibachi