10 Questions About Your Performance Reviews

by Frank Roche on January 31, 2012

in Performance

Many of you are filling out performance reviews. You evaluate yourself, then your boss disregards what you wrote and does whatever he feels like doing. Didn’t wear enough white shirts this year? That’s a deduction for “Professional Development.” Didn’t meet one of your goals because your boss changed the priorities? Doesn’t matter, you get dinged for “Not Meeting Expectations.” Disagreed about how a project should be rolled out? You get demerits for lack of “Teamwork.”

I have many questions about performance reviews. Here are 10 of them.

10 Questions About Your Performance Reviews

  1. What evidence do you have that your performance management process gets results?
  2. If you dropped your performance management process completely, would business grind to a halt?
  3. How many of your people think your performance management process is fair?
  4. How do you account for bad managers who rate good people poorly?
  5. How can you get employee engagement when you rate your people?
  6. What ever made you think that forced rankings were fair?
  7. If you were in charge, would you design a system like you have?
  8. What’s the theoretical basis for performance reviews?
  9. Have you ever known someone who got a good rating but really needed to be fired?
  10. Have you calculated how much money you could save if you didn’t do performance management?

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