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Book Review: Get Rid of the Performance Review!

Book Review: Get Rid of the Performance Review!

by Frank Roche on April 6, 2010

in Books, KnowHR, Performance

There are just a small number of books that every HR practitioner and manager should read. Get Rid of the Performance Review! is one of those.

Authors Samuel A. Culbert, who is a Professor of Management at UCLA Anderson School of Management, and Lawrence Rout, who is a senior editor at the Wall Street Journal, make an incredibly compelling case to defenestrate performance reviews. They write about how much damage performance reviews do to company performance. They say this:

It all comes down to two lies:

  • First, pay and performance are not linked and the workplace is unfortunately a meritocracy.
  • Second, the performance review is not really about the employee and is mainly about everybody else from the boss, the bigger bosses and HR.

Honestly, people in HR should read this book and weep. I agree with Culbert and Rout who argue that a lot of performance management systems are in place to make HR appear more powerful. And they write about the destructive forces that Jack Welch’s “Rank-and-Yank” system wreaked on companies — including GE.

And managers should read Get Rid of the Performance Review! because everything they think about performance assessment is wrong. I’m not going out on a limb to say that. Managers don’t know. And the HR people who taught them are wrong, too. Don’t hate me because I’m right. Go buy the book. It’ll change your mind.

How much do you hate performance reviews? Here’s a quiz to find out. Let me know what you think. Do you love performance reviews? Hate them? Feel like you are going to throw up in your mouth when you have to get or give one?

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