Performance Evaluation – Are they really helping CNA’s?

In every healthcare institution, it is part of their regulations to conduct a performance appraisal. It is a part of every orientation that employees are made aware of an evaluation done every month, quarterly, annually or depending on what the institution had set. Performance Appraisal is a way of employers to evaluate employees of their job performance. This is done to know the status of an employee and see if he is up for a promotion, demotion or salary increase. This is also to know if what the employers should do to improve or further hone the skills and capabilities of their employees such as counseling and training. This is also a way for the employee to know if what areas he should improve or what are his weaknesses and strengths. Performance Appraisal is simply a feedback of the employee’s performance for an allotted time.

However, in the case of Certified Nursing Assistant, do performance evaluation is really helping them? Just like every employees in an institution, health Aide are also required to undergo performance appraisal by their employers, their supervisors, or by their peers. This is the way for them to know their work performance for a period of time. Are this very helpful for them? Yes, it is. Just as what mentioned, performance Appraisal aimed to help employees to do their job much better. This is a chance for them to know which area they are lacking and needs to be improved. This could help them improve their skills and work performance. This is also a way for them to feel appreciated as this could be the chance for their employers to reward them for whatever they are good at. This is also a chance for the health aide to attend trainings and seminars that could further hone their skills as what their management think would be better for them.

However, the effects of performance appraisal would all depend on how the employee perceived it. If he took it as a positive feedback, then he would see it as a chance to improve and to be better for her work. But if he see it as negative, then improvement would be harder for them. They would either take it against their employer or see it as a way to degrade themselves. So positive outlook is very important and see that they are always a work in progress.

It is important then, that Certified Nursing Assistant would see performance evaluation as a way to help them and not the other way around.