Giving kudos to superstars in your Finance department has probably become second nature at this point — but what about constructive criticism?
Asking top performers to aim higher can pay dividends — when it’s done correctly. Here’s how:
- Start by recognizing achievements. Open up by letting the employee know how much you appreciate his or her dedication and achievements.
- Concentrate on current issues and plans for improvement. Even the best staffers have room for improvement.
Example: a super-talented accountant with aspirations to move up – but doesn’t socialize with her co-workers. Let her know that management positions require strong soft skills – and she needs to improve a bit in this area.
- Come up with a game plan together. Once you’ve established improvement areas, set target goals for the future, as well as ways to get around challenges in the way.