2 minute read – Posted by – January 28, 2021

How to make performance reviews objective for engineers

Ask the Expert with Ashleigh Myerscough — Episode 24

Ashleigh Myerscough, Senior Performance Coach at 7Geese answers your questions about human resources and people management during the pandemic. 


Q: How can we make performance reviews objective for engineers? 

AM: With any employees, regardless of their position, we want to make sure that we’re evaluating based on the role they were hired for and how well they’ve reached the outcomes of that role. 

We must establish the review criteria with the team so there is perceived fairness. We also want to make sure they’ve got that feeling of autonomy and feel that they’ve got input into their role in success, and control over their outcomes. 

Ask them what meeting expectations in this role mean to them. Get specific about what behaviors are displayed when we say that we’re meeting expectations. 

Evaluate all forms of contribution

We also want to make sure that we’re capturing the work that engineers contribute in multiple forms. We’re looking at outcomes achieved as a team and as an individual, the specific outputs that your individual team member produced. 

We also want to look at contributions to culture as well. Engineers tend to work on more of a team basis so a great way to be able to pinpoint individual growth opportunities is to look at several areas: 

  • Outcomes achieved
  • Outputs produced
  • Contributions to the bigger culture, and core values
  • The feedback that they have received and actions are taken as a result

To learn more about how we do this at 7Geese, using 7Geese, reach out for a tour

Ashleigh Myerscough

Senior Performance Coach at 7Geese