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How To Stop Dreading Employee Reviews

How To Stop Dreading Employee Reviews
We know employees dread employee reviews–but we're pretty sure most employers and bosses dislike them as well. We've both recently been through our last round of employee reviews, and the modifications we've made along the way have taken the hand wringing out of the whole process. How can we get the most our of employee reviews while keeping them stress-free (for both employees and employers)?

In many organizations, employee reviews have become a formulaic formality. The employee sits down with their supervisor once a week, once a month or once a quarter. They go over a written evaluation, talk about what could be improved and move on. But for entrepreneurs and small business owners, this corporate formula doesn't always fit.

For business owners who talk to their team every day while working through projects, the formal review might not be necessary. Still, we've seen that we all perform better when we receive some sort of feedback, employees and employers alike. So, we need to scale our employee review processes to make them work for us.

This episode, we share our own employee review processes and how we've adapted them over time. What tactics can help us deliver employee reviews that are more efficient and less awkward? How can business owners maintain open, two-way feedback and communicate that their doors are open?



Phoenix is just like an employee review: It's bold in delivering honest flavor, but packs in some sweetness to round it all out. Old Forester Statesman Bourbon Whiskey and Prosecco are a new combination that we ended up falling in love with. Add in ginger syrup and a dash of honey, and you've got the perfect, simple whiskey drink to complement any employee feedback conversation.


  • 1 oz. Old Forester Statesman Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1 oz. Prosecco
  • Ginger syrup
  • A dash of honey


  1. In a shaker, mix the ginger syrup, honey and whiskey together with a good amount of ice so that it is completely chilled.
  2. Strain into a glass.
  3. Add Prosecco to top off the glass, and garnish with basil.

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