According to Work and Well-Being Survey by the American Psychological Association, less than half (47 percent) of employees said their employers regularly seek input from them. Even fewer (37 percent) said the organization makes changes based on that feedback. No wonder as a result almost half of the people said they do not feel valued at work.
Employee progress reports are a great way to solicit regular feedback.
Employee Progress Reports – Making Better Leaders
A big part of becoming a better manager or team leader is knowing what your employees are doing (or planning) and then giving constant managerial feedback and guidance on that. The times of employee performance appraisals (or any performance management) happening annually or quarterly are over! In order to be effective, your feedback needs to be constant, regular. And remember it's a two-way communication between you and your people.
One of the biggest problems for people who fill in various employee performance reports or status reports is feeling that data is being sucked into a black hole. There is no response from you, the manager. Even such a small thing as notifying the employee you have read his or her report and saying "Good job!" or "Well done!" weekly means a lot for a person. A service like Team Compass allows you to do that in seconds.
As managers, we all lack time. That is no reason for not seek input from employees and give them feedback. We just have to use the right tools that save time, make collecting and giving feedback quick and easy and use a structured process.
Specialized modern tools help you with:
- Standardize on best practice weekly reporting templates for employee progress reports.
- Automate the process of weekly status report reminders, so you as a manager don't have to chase people.
- Making it fast and simple to review and comment each person's plans, progress and problems weekly.
- Seek feedback and communicate to the whole team and company.
- Customize the employee progress report to fit your needs.