Some Tempe businesses are using another type of review to improve the process: The peer review. A peer review is conducted by one employee about another. Managers can ask multiple employees to fill out a peer review for one employee or can ask all employees on the team to fill them out for each other.
There are a number of advantages to the peer review, but there are also some disadvantages. Here are a few to consider:
Though managers may be in charge of everyone on the team and everything that they do, managers can’t be in all places at all times. There is plenty that managers won’t see or know about employees that are up for review.
Employees know a lot more about the work that members of their team do since they work with them every day.
Employees can provide more comprehensive feedback about the work that their team members are doing. In many cases, co-workers can bring to light strengths that managers might not know about some of the members of the team.
When employees provide good feedback about their team members, it can also improve working relationships. Employees who get good peer reviews will feel more confident and more motivated to work harder for the good of the team.
Finally, peer reviews can make Tempe team members more accountable to each other. Employees know that if they don’t do their best work or make a real effort to communicate well with their team members that they won’t get a good review, which can jeopardize their promotion opportunities or their raises.
Peer reviews can cause some issues if they are not handled properly. The biggest disadvantage of the peer review is that employees may not be honest. They may sugarcoat their feedback because they don’t want to hurt their co-workers’ feelings or because they feel that management won’t maintain their confidence. They may even provide more positive feedback in the hopes that other employees will do the same for them on their reviews.
Some employees can let their personal issues cloud their feedback. They may criticize a team member’s work because they don’t like that employee personally or have some other issue. The upside here is that management can learn about conflict that may be simmering under the surface and address it before it gets out of hand.
The best thing to do is use the peer review in conjunction with a traditional management review. That way, you can get a more balanced perspective on the performance of all team members.
Investing in Tempe corporate team building can also help you create a strong team, which will be better able to provide honest and productive feedback during the peer review process. Direct Affect offers Arizona team building exercises to help your employees learn how to better communicate with one another and to build a greater sense of team spirit. We conduct team building exercises onsite or at an outside location. We can even create a retreat that is custom-designed for your Tempe team. Call us today to learn more about how Tempe corporate team building exercises can strengthen your team.
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