Time for the Annual Moaning and Groaning?

Comments: Today is the 2nd to last one for me! I may not be the most godly person but I am content. Good Job image source = Flickr

Behold The Entrenched — And Reviled — Annual Review

Performance review season is nearing, and if that makes you break out into a cold sweat, you're not alone. Studies show between 60 percent and 90 percent of employees, including managers, dislike the performance evaluation. Some companies are starting to look at alternatives, but the performance review is pretty entrenched. "They're fraudulent, bogus and dishonest," says Samuel Culbert, a management professor at UCLA who does research in dysfunctional management practice. "And second, they're indicative of and they support bad management." Several years ago, Culbert offered his unvarnished views about performance reviews on the pages of The Wall Street Journal and wrote a book on the subject. He blasted them as one-sided forms of employee intimidation and said they breed defensiveness and tension. His piece became a sensation. Thousands of letters poured in. "Most people got worked up about it because for employees, they don't like getting them, and for managers, they don't like giving them," Culbert says.
Comment: Frankly I only look at the salary increase and the bonus amount. I am jaded!


  1. Deming hated them, too, calling them one of the "seven deadly poisons" of industry, and that back in the 1980s or before. Amen, and I'm very glad to have management that actually gives timely feedback....kinda different, to put it mildly.

  2. My review (scheduled for last week) was postponed. Today is "judgement day" (LOL)

  3. Lord willing just about this time next year I will do a blog post about my final review. We are 55 weeks from retirement

  4. I would be tempted to retire just before that final review. :^)

  5. We get bonuses in March .... so best to stay through.


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