For the first time, I am now directly responsible for conducting performance appraisals/reviews. Beyond a discussion regarding planned goals and their achievement (or lack thereof), what I put down can have an impact on people's finances. The individuals on my team have completed their self-evaluations - detailing if they hit their planned targets, challenges/constraints that prevented them from hitting targets, a rating for each target (from 0 "significantly missed target" to 5 "significantly exceeds target"). and an overall rating (same 0-5 scoring). Any words of wisdom on how I can ensure my feedback adds value? Beyond the common sense stuff such as being honest, to the point, constructive, etc., I mean. More importantly, any thoughts how to boost one team member's confidence while helping another one see the reality that s/he isn't as "good" as s/he thinks s/he is? When I've done these from strictly from an auditing perspective, it seemed easier. There were defined criteria for auditors to develop and grow their skills, and the reviews were a chance to discuss what was on track, exceeding expectations, and/or needed coaching. While there are defined goals, not that I had a say in them 100% of the time, it seems a bit more complicated on this level than when reviewing auditors. On a side note, my organization does not do 360 feedback (i.e.,obtaining feedback from direct reports, supervisors, peers, stakeholders), but I voluntarily sent one out and used the feedback to help my own self-reflection when it was time to do my evaluation as well as start the process for planning development goals for next year. One of the comments was that it was unfair of me to hold people to the same standard to which I hold myself - self-evaluations are a good example. My own included, for each goal, highlights/results, challenges, and future steps. My team has given me one sentence explanations on target achievement/miss. And I cannot send back for them for more information, so that avenue of collecting more information is closed.