As believers we are exhorted to be honest with one another (Col. 3:9). God’s Word does not provide exceptions, just the qualification of speaking the truth in love (Eph. 4:15). Hence, we need to be truthful when executing staff evaluations.
Ways We Can Lie in Staff Evaluations:
- Coming to the evaluation with the wrong motivation and stating a different purpose is dishonest. For example, you might begin the evaluation session with how this is intended to be constructive when in reality you are using it as a time to vent on them, not to build them up.
- Beginning the evaluation with lots of praise you don’t really mean just to soften the blow when you get to the negatives is actually manipulative and deceiving.
- Failing to put much thought into the evaluation by giving across the board average ratings or giving all top ratings to make the person feel good lacks truthfulness. These kinds of evaluations neither help nor show love for the person.
- Letting personal biases cloud the truthfulness of the evaluation wherein you project your problem onto them often happens unintentionally but nonetheless usually lacks truth.
- Basing the evaluation solely on what has been reported to you by someone else can lead to a one-sided review which rarely yields the truth of a situation. The objective should always be to arrive at the truth which means you must allow for two-way conversation during a staff evaluation.
- Ending the evaluation on a positive note, like everything is well, when you intend to take negative action or inwardly are holding things against the person is actually a lie.
Bible Verses about being Truthful that can be Applied to Staff Evaluations:
The LORD detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him. (Prov. 11:1)
The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy. (Prov. 12:22)
Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue. (Prov. 28:23)
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. (Eph. 4:15)
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. (Eph. 4:25)
Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (Col. 3:9-10)
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. (1 Jn. 3:18)
These are merely a sampling of verses from God’s Word that deal with truthfulness. If we can’t be honest in staff evaluations, perhaps we would be better not providing these performance reviews. However, if we have been honest throughout the year, what needs to be said in an evaluation should merely be an extension of honest feedback already provided.