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How to Give Yearly Peer Performance Reviews at Work

Peer performance reviews can be a great way to identify and resolve problems in the workplace, but only if they're administered correctly.


  • Step 1: Make goals clear Communicate your goals for the peer performance review clearly. Make sure everyone at work understands why they are being reviewed and what you hope to get out of the process.
  • Step 2: Format reviews Provide clearly formatted, specific questions for employees to answer about their peers. Get review formats online, from a performance review software, or have them custom-made for your company.
  • Step 3: Establish metrics Establish a metric -- a systematic way to measure your employees. Metrics are a way to measure how well employees are reaching company goals numerically.
  • Step 4: Review everyone Administer the performance reviews to everyone at every level of your company. Peer reviews should be done among employees who work together.
  • Step 5: Keep reviews anonymous Keep the reviews anonymous so employees aren't discouraged from answering honestly about their peers.
  • TIP: Encourage employees to offer advice to help their peers improve their work.
  • Step 6: Work with employee Set up a process to work with your employees to address the issues brought up by their peers in the performance reviews, and make plans to resolve those issues. Make sure all plans have a realistic deadline. Be sure to mention any praise given by the employee's peers as well to help create a feeling of good will about the review process.
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You Will Need

  • Clear goals
  • Metric
  • Performance review templates or software

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