As 2015 comes to a close, it’s always a good idea to evaluate the good, bad, and ugly that occurred throughout the year. After all, if you don’t know what went right – and what areas need improvement – you can’t build on successes and avoid obstacles going forward. With that in mind, here are some tips to help you evaluate 2015, so you can have a great year in 2016 and beyond:
Evaluate your people.
The end of the year is a good time to meet individually with each of your employees and review their performance for the year. Make sure you create an agenda for the meeting and are prepared to discuss both strengths and weaknesses. Also, don’t forget to recognize employees for their achievements. When people feel valued for their contributions, they’ll work hard, stay motivated and inspire those around them.
That said, in general, you shouldn’t be waiting until the year’s end to offer feedback. Going forward in 2016, you should be regularly communicating with your staff about their performance. It doesn’t have to be in a formal setting; you can simply stop by their office for a quick touch-base.
Evaluate your own performance.
Don’t just focus on your employees when it comes to performance. Look at your own accomplishments and failures over the past year and identify the areas that could use some work. Once you do, define a plan to help you boost your performance and leadership abilities.
Learn from mistakes.
Besides your own performance, review projects, tasks and missed opportunities from throughout the year and identify areas that went well – and those that could use improvement. You don’t want to make the same mistakes twice, so it’s important to determine missteps and know how you’re going to avoid them in the future. Don’t forget to review strategies, policies, and procedures that should be re-vamped due to changing work situations.
Also, get your team involved in the process. Ask them how the year went and issues or concerns they have as a result. When your team is involved, they’ll feel more vested in the company and more loyal to it.
Make smart hiring decisions.
One bad hiring decision can cost your company. So when you’re hiring in 2016, make sure you take the time to hire right. Too many times, employers lose an employee and rush to fill an empty seat. But this can be a recipe for disaster. Instead, aim to take your time to source, screen and ultimately recruit the best people for your company.
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