HOW TO EVALUATE BEST STAFF OF THE MONTH
There are many criteria to evaluate how a person fits in the organization and, at Clarity Wave we’ve narrowed it down to seven key dimensions that make up a well-rounded individual:
- Work Commitment
- Personal Performance
This dimension measures how the person is perceived in terms of their communication skills, competence, clarity and integrity. A highly credible employee is usually very dependable. They show up on time, do what they say and say what they do. They are honest and straightforward with their coworkers.
A respectful person is not one who always agrees with everyone but rather someone who values the opinions of their coworkers even when they don’t agree with them. Someone with a high level of respect makes a constant effort not to discriminate or offend others for their decisions or lifestyle. They are always appreciative, polite, considerate and recognize the value in other people’s points of view.
Being a person with a high level of fellowship doesn’t mean being friends with everyone in the office and hanging out with them during happy hour every Tuesday. It means working every day to create a healthy and warm work environment. The best companies to work for usually exhibit a high level of humanity that can only be made possible when there’s a sense of camaraderie and affinity.
Identity is that feeling of belonging that team members get when they are 100% committed to their job and their company’s success. People with a high level of identity are usually the best brand ambassadors. They promote their company, not only to its clients but also to any prospective employee. They feel proud to be part of something bigger than themselves and they wear the company’s colors every day.
An employee who treats everyone with a sense of fairness usually helps create a workplace in which politicking and back-door deal-making is seldom the way to get things done. People in supervisory positions are usually easier to evaluate on this dimension however, every single person can follow the Golden Rule and make sure they never do unto others what they don’t want done unto them. People who avoid favoritism or show any kind of bias when dealing with their coworkers are usually considered to have a high degree of equality.
People who come in to work, not because they have to, but because they are passionate about what they do have the highest level of commitment to their job. These employees will usually do little things like turning off the lights when the conference room is empty or picking up a piece of trash even when no one else is watching them. They come in early and leave late and, for the most part, have positive and optimistic conversations with their teammates.
Note that this dimension of emotional intelligence has nothing to do with measurable KPI’s but rather how others perceive your professional development within the organization. This dimension closely evaluates how things are done and the co-workers’ perception regarding the employee’s overall attitude. Since goals are usually known only to the employee’s supervisors, the perception of the rest of the team regarding the person’s performance can be very telling.
Setting Up Rules to Select the Employee of the Month
When creating a program like this you must make sure the rules are clear. Here are some things to consider:
- Does an employee need to have been working for a minimum period of time at the company before being eligible to win?
- Can an employee win back-to-back titles or should there be a break between wins?
- Are part-time employees just as eligible as full time ones?
Mix it Up
Depending on the goals of the company you can very well rotate the different dimensions each month and focus on one in particular. For example, one month could be all about Personal Performance and the winner would be selected by picking the person with the highest score in that dimension. On month two you could shift the focus to Credibility, Identity or any of the other dimensions.