As the annual performance appraisal season approaches, we wanted to start a conversation about bad performance review experiences.
We asked, and you certainly answered. Some of these stories had us speechless so we wanted to share them with everyone here.
There’s a reason why we at Reflektive call our goals product “Goal Management”, because one of the most important aspects of goal setting is making sure that the goals are consistently being calibrated and assessed. Goals without specific reason have no meaning, and like this story mentions, lead to no productive yield.
The good news is that modern performance management has been steadily gaining popularity in the past few years. The bad news is this entry. It’s possible that this employee’s organization decided to nix the performance review (as many do), but the lack of explanation and reasoning behind the decision clearly left this employee confused and lost. Simply purchasing a performance management system will not solve your people problems. Successful software solutions require communication from the managers and the C-suite.
In this next entry, we can see exactly how meaningless processes can have the opposite effect on engagement and motivation than intended.
When employees know that there is nothing to gain from filling out reviews, they have no motivation to write genuine reflections of their work. The last sentence of this entry proves the unfortunate outcome of failing to communicate performance reviews’ purpose to employees beforehand. If you fail to show employees the value, they will become much less likely to put in the effort in the future.
Though all of these stories are equally horrifying, we wanted to announce the winning entry for our #MyWorstPerformanceReview contest that was selected by our HR-pro panel of judges.
The winning entry perfectly describes how employees feel during reviews when expectations aren’t set beforehand.
Clear expectations and communication empowers employees to do their best work, but 1-on-1 meetings are ineffective if managers are not comfortable sharing feedback with their employees.
Thank you for sharing your stories with us. At Reflektive, we’re on a mission to help managers and employees work better together. Learn more about our people management solutions and request a demo today.
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