As a manager, use this visual exercise to start the performance review in a comfortable and relaxed manner for your employees.
Find a comfortable room to have the performance review and spread out a Pocket Set on the table.
To begin the conversation, you ask the employee to think about their primary work tasks and what these contribute to the team. Give the employee 2-3 minutes to find three picture cards that can help to answer the following questions: “What makes you happy?” “What kind of challenges makes you less happy at work?” “What kind of new assignments would you like to receive?” You can choose to let the employee answer one question at a time.
Let the employee talk about their three choices without interrupting. Afterwards, you can begin the dialogue.
As the manager, you choose one of the three pictures that you think illustrates one or more of your employee’s strengths.
Then the employee chooses which of the three picture cards that best describe the kind of work assignment that would make them happy in the future.
Make sure to ask how and why, and engage in a constructive dialogue with the employee.