Consider reinventing the employee evaluation.
Typical assessments identify weaknesses and ask employees to improve on them. Is that really where you want your staff investing their time - trying to achieve mediocre results in areas of weakness?
We all have weaknesses. No one is good at everything. Granted we all must have minimal competencies. In life we all need to be able to read and perform basic math skills.
But beyond those minimal competencies, our life's pursuit will determine what areas we must develop. A student who becomes a nuclear physicist will need a much different set of skills than a student who becomes the stay-at-home mother of ten children.
All PTs must have good documentation skills for reimbursement. Yet, a therapist who works in industrial rehab will have different set of minimal competencies than a therapist who works at a children's hospital.
Once we have achieved those minimal competencies, our time is better served investing in our strengths than shoring up our weaknesses. Imagine an organization where the staff devoted their time to achieving greatness in their strengths?
When I go to a professional for a service, I'm not interested in someone who can do an adequate job. I want someone who is the best at what they do. Would you rather have a team of mediocre jacks-of-all-trades or would your business fare better with a team of expert masters?
Are you still skeptical about how to handle those pesky weaknesses? That's next week's blog. For this week, just focus on greatness.