I have successfully made it through my first batch of performance reviews. I completed the sixth of six yesterday. Most were positively directed with growth opportunties and goals. A couple needed re-enfocrcement (i.e. I had to think really hard about the core statement).
Thanks Michael and Mark for your help!
The toughest part about doing this was when I started probing to find out some possible reasons behind some performance issues. The employee directly stated a major personal problem (which I cannot state for HIPAA reasons). It explained a lot, but it was tough to think on my feet with a bomb like that dropped on me. Fortunately we have an employee assistance program. I quickly and descretely talked to my friendly HR person and she gave me some info that I could pass on. Geez I hope this works out for the better.
I know I didn't offer a lot of info, but has anyone else had to deal with anything similar?