It is that time of year that everyone in my world relishes; that time of year that we each anticipate with a certain amount of eagerness and dread. it is... once again... time to do our annual review!
Yes, it is performance review time.
In my world this process is a bit odd and can cause great amounts of consternation.
Why? In most arenas, the performance review is a time to toot your horn and document, for the record, just how wonderfully you have performed throughout the year. it is important because it is what raises and salary adjustments and bonuses are based upon. In my arenas, it is an important time of the year.
And that is what we would all like to believe about my work place.
Today we were told - salary adjustments and bonus discussions are happening now. Your initial performance review (employee comments) are due next week.
What? You mean they determine salary adjustments etc without the reviews in hand?
So... I might ask, what is the point of the review?
In fact, that is the question that we all ask each year. If management already knows what they are going to do and who is going to get what, why do we spend the time and money to document our wonderful performances throughout the past year?
There is no answer; there is never an answer.
"Keep it short and sweet." the team tells us "We don't want to read novels."
Ten minutes later the Executive Assistant arrives and says that we need to take this opportunity to toot our horns and make ourselves look really good on paper.
I am sure that I rolled my eyes. That might be how it is supposed to work - she, like the rest of us, would really like for it to work that way. But it doesn't. She knows that what we write on the reviews is rarely read and doesn't matter much at all.
The best came when the team declared their interest in finding out what people set for their future objectives.
Really? Since when? I am not sure just who we were trying to impress or convince, but the history of this group would indicate otherwise. Not only are our future objectives ignored, but most of the team has not reviewed the different résumés and skill sets of their employees. It just doesn't matter.
Is there anywhere out there where performance reviews make a difference? Where success is not based upon favoritism and is based upon ability and skill set? Do employers actually look at skill sets and future objectives... and take them into consideration during the upcoming year?