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Why should a company do mid-year performance reviews?

Employers use midyear performance reviews as a means to discuss with employees their progress on goals and performance to date.

Conducting a midyear review allows supervisors a formal opportunity to check in with their employees for a few purposes, including the following:

  • Provide positive feedback on work to date or accomplishments and constructive feedback on areas where performance may be lacking.

  • Discover and eliminate possible roadblocks that may hinder employee performance or prevent the employee from achieving the set goals.

  • Adjust goals if organizational or departmental needs have changed.

  • Discuss employee satisfaction and head off issues for valuable staff.

  • Provide time for manager/employee exchange of ideas.

Fundamentally, checking in frequently with direct reports assists in building relationship and a cohesive team. A formal six-month performance appraisal allows for midyear adjustments, preventing surprises at the year-end performance review.


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