When an employee has only been in a role for a short time, it can be difficult to know what to bring up in their first performance appraisal. However using this as an opportunity to clarify expectations and provide feedback can yield great results.
Here is what you should be covering in that first session:
Go over what goals were set at the start of their employment and discuss whether or not these are being achieved.
Find out how the employee found their first month of working at the company. While it is still fresh in their mind it is important to go over any problems they encountered and discuss what could change.
Employees will not learn if they don’t hear honest feedback. Go over what they performed well and where they should be aiming to improve.
They are new to the business and it is expected there may be some speed bumps along the way in their first month. It’s best to use the session as a coaching session, as well as an evaluation.
Using feedback from each other you will be able to develop new goals for the next month. Discuss what you might be able to change, or do differently, and come up with a new strategy if necessary.
Provide them with recognition for the work they have done. Being told they are doing well this early on will be great motivation for them to continue working hard.
This first appraisal is really important to set them on the right track for the rest of their time at the business. Be sure to give constructive feedback and it will ensure they know what to do for future successes, giving you a more efficient workforce.