Guess what? Appraisals at work today (or is the politically correct term now ‘performance development reviews’?) and everyone’s getting very excited. But why, I ask myself.
I work in the university sector, which means
that no matter how well anyone scores in their appraisal, that score has no
effect whatsoever on their pay. Ordinarily a university employee moves one
increment up the pay scale once a year, no matter what.
What a wonderful incentive
for the highest performers! But even that little joy is currently denied, given
that we've been subject to a pay freeze for the past three years.
The evaluation categories on the appraisal forms
at my work are: outstanding; very good; good; not fully meeting requirements;
unacceptable. Yet it is an unwritten rule that no manager should ever award
‘outstanding’ to any of his/her employees. So, no matter how well you perform,
your performance is never judged outstanding.
Interesting logic there. And another great
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