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Evaluating Your Manager

by Kristin Swain, studioD

Companies do employee evaluations at regular intervals, usually once a year. When that time comes, it may be a stressful time for employees, particularly if you are tasked with evaluating your manager. Part of the challenge of providing an evaluation for your boss is that you are asked to be impartial in your comments. Remember that your comments are to be used to help your manager improve his performance so you need to evaluate in a way that is unbiased and constructive.

Employee Treatment

One of the things to consider when evaluating your manager is how he treats his employees. For instance, think about if your manager treats all employees equally or as individuals. How constructive is the feedback that you receive? You should consider how relevant and easy it is to understand the information that he imparts to you as an employee. Don't use this section of your evaluation to air personal grievances between you and your manager. Make sure that you approach the situation from a professional standpoint rather than a personal one.

Personal Performance

For this part of your review, think about how your manager conducts himself on the job. Consider how his actions reflect on the company and how they affect your performance in the workplace. Does he conduct himself in a professional manner? This includes leaving his personal matters out of the office and not discussing your personal life with you unless it is directly related to your work performance. Evaluate your manager's personal skills. Can he communicate effectively with employees and keep the promises that he makes to staff? You also may want to consider noting your manager's self-control, whether or not he's easily angered by small issues or if he can handle the most difficult situations with a calm, level demeanor.

Working Evaluation

When completing your evaluation of your manager, it may help to consider his performance as you would if he were your subordinate. Start with something simple, like punctuality. Move on to how he reacts when someone else approaches him with an opinion or idea. Also think about how he handles his own workload. Does he complete his work on time? Can he delegate? Keep in mind that when you complete your evaluation you only can comment on items that you are privy to.

Keeping Your Job

One concern is what happens if your boss reads your comments from the evaluation. Indulging this fear may lead to a biased review. In a large company you may think anonymity is easier to keep when turning in manager evaluations because there are more employees. A computerized system that allows employees to enter information anonymously for an evaluation will help to allow 360 degree feedback no matter the size.

About the Author

Residing in Los Angeles, Kristin Swain has been a professional writer since 2008. Her experience includes finance, travel, marketing and television. Swain holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Georgia State University.

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