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Do you really need to give employees performance evaluations?

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This story appears in the February 1998 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Q: How often should I do employee performance reviews?

A: As often as you can--but at least once annually. Reviews aren't just busywork, although that's often how they're treated. Done right, reviews tell employees where they're succeeding, where they're falling short, and what they need to do to put more money in their paychecks. Fancy forms aren't required; what is required is thought--about the worker, his or her job, and the opportunities that lie ahead. Reviews are scorecards in the game of business, and without a scorecard, there's no telling where the players stand.

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