Let’s be honest about performance reviews, nobody likes them and it’s a leadership sucker test.
If I were to walk up to you and tell you I want to give you feedback, your entire body would immediately tense-up. That’s because, in reality nobody wants to hear “Hey, I’ve got some feedback for you.”
Feedback is the ultimate sucker test.
What people really want is to be told how good we are and how much you appreciate us. That’s probably because of a lack of expectation setting. Think of it this way. When you took your current role, did you have any kind of discussion about how your team operates and how you were going to be talking about standards of performance? I’m guessing not. Without some kind of grounded expectation to the contrary, what people are left with a desire to just hear the good stuff.