I am currently in the process of our company's Annual Review cycle. My reviews have been written and I am ready to schedule times and conduct meetings. I am taking the MT suggestion of delivering a copy of the review to the directs prior to the meeting (this has not been done before as my time as a manager, nor has any manager of mine done it this way). I am really excited to have review meetings in which my directs can read through and carefully consider my review and bring me their thoughts, questions, and future goals instead of the uncomfortable "read it while the boss watches" situation!!!
Most of my associates are non-salary. This means that I can not give them a take home assignment to complete without paying them. Given that I work in retail where labor costs and hours are watched to the point of diminishing returns, and also that state law requires a two hour shift, I can't just give hourly associates take home work. Especially associates already scheduled to work 40 hours as that would cause the dreaded overtime.
Other options would include giving them the review the morning of the meeting or before they leave for work the day prior to the meeting. I am not sure I like either of those options but perhaps one hour before they leave the day before the meeting would be best? No work is going to be done either way once that associate has their review in hand.
Any thoughts on the best approach?