Performance reviews can be very intimidating -- studies have shown it can even put your brain in “flight or fight” mode. However, performance reviews need not produce such reactions -- mostly because you should already know what’s going to be in your performance review.
A 1:1 meeting is an ongoing feedback strategy to keep both the manager and the employee updated on the employee’s progress, an opportunity to develop employees’ skills, and gives the employee a chance to discuss workplace challenges with their manager.
When you think of annual reviews you received early in your career, were they positive or negative experiences? Were your bosses able to give effective employee feedback that allowed you to improve? If not, what might you do different for your employees?