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How To Navigate Healthcare Performance Reviews

How To Navigate Healthcare Performance Reviews

Imagine you’re about to receive a performance review - how does it feel? Do you feel that even though you’re doing a great job, it will turn out negatively anyway? Performance reviews are a crucial part to the landscape of any career and organization.

A performance review done well gives you feedback to work off of as well as a glimpse into your potential career trajectory going forward. They can also highlight some things that you need to work on in a constructive manner, such as doing something better or working differently for the organization. A good performance review is hallmark for helping everyone on the team feel included and valued.


In many organizations, performance reviews are performed annually. But leadership and employees should be doing them at least semi-annually to have effective communication and expectations going forward. The downside to performance reviews is that they are entirely subjective. This makes them prone to influences from outside sources and unconscious bias from the reviewer(s). The truth is, many leaders will reach different conclusions and give different evaluations for the exact same individual under performance review. 

As healthcare providers and people in the world, you all have different strengths and weaknesses. But the job functions you carry out within your role at an organization may be completely and utterly different from someone in the same role within another organization.

Check out this chart portraying the ever-changing landscape that is healthcare performance reviews:

Performance Review Statistical Graph

You’ll notice that the most common thing they changed was the duration of the performance review, followed by the increased frequency of feedback. These tend to coincide with one another because with an increased frequency of feedback being given, is there really a need to keep the performance evaluation longer?

With this increased frequency in healthcare performance reviews, you also have more opportunities for a bad performance review, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Let’s talk about how to handle a poor performance review.

How To Handle A Poor Performance Review

You might be feeling on top of the world, like you’re headed into work and rocking your bosses socks off every single day. Your performance review is coming up and you just know that they’ll have to find something to tell you to improve on, but as a whole, you think you’re killing it. It is a little ridiculous to assume you can’t improve, after all. But, you weren’t quite ready for what the boss is about to slam down on the table for you. If you have an inkling of what it may be, make sure you’ve done your due diligence in advance and you’re able to give quantifiable justification for that misgiving. However, in the majority of cases, it’s not actually as bad as you might think and you do have options.

The first solution isn’t something I’d necessarily recommend, but it’s to quit your job, if it’s the right choice for you. But if you do intend to make this decision please make sure it is well thought out. There are multiple avenues for finding a new job position in healthcare, and niche healthcare job board sites such as Healthcare Consultant should make finding your new position significantly easier. But don’t make any rash decisions, take your poor performance review feedback and consider why it is actually so poor. Are you no longer providing effort? Are you just showing up to work out of habit? Are you unhappy with your job? This poor performance review could be the wakeup call you needed to get back on the right path to success. Always sleep on big decisions before you make them, and think about them critically. Maybe you need additional education or you’re afraid to ask questions at your job? Maybe this feedback was just what you needed to step up to the next level and improve in the areas you’re lacking. Start by being cooperative and asking questions in your meeting with management, with them telling you how to correct this, you’ll be well on your way to the top.

By making a plan for yourself and your poor performance review, you’ll be able to take that advice and break it into pieces. By breaking it into pieces you’ll be able to create actionable steps for improving your performance on the job. Remember, it’s a marathon, and not a sprint.