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Annual Performance Reviews Don’t Work

Annual Performance Reviews Don’t Work

by Frank Roche on October 17, 2008

in Performance

[Photo credit: Walsh]

What if you were on a diet but only were allowed to weigh yourself once a year? How likely would you be to stick with it?

If your answer was, “Not a chance,” why is it okay to have once-a-year performance reviews? Does anyone actually think that one uncomfortable hour once a year is any substitute for effective leadership? Seriously? Why waste the time?

If you really want your performance management system to work it has to have two essentials:

  1. It has to be a system
  2. It needs to provide continuous feedback

If you’re doing anything else, it’s just a game to make the lawyers and rule makers happy. Bad HR is about blindly going where everyone has gone before.

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