Positive Performance Appraisals – ‘Three Keepers and a Polisher’

Positive Performance Appraisal

It’s strange. The ‘performance appraisal’, something that is ultimately aimed at improving the standards, capabilities, and productivity of the workforce can, if not done properly, do the exact opposite, leaving staff negative, angry, and disengaged.

This morning, as always, I was listening to ABC Radio Brisbane on my way into work and a school teacher called in to talk about the way in which she appraised her pupils. Much in line with what most people (although unfortunately not all people) now acknowledge as the best way to critique (and improve on) performance without making the person feel stupid, useless, and demotivated, she spoke of their motto ‘Three Keepers and a Polisher’ – i.e. “Here’s three things you’re doing perfectly, great job, please keep doing them, and here’s something I want you to try to improve on”.

So simple and easy to implement and yet so effective!