Performance Reviews: A Mixed Bag
As both a boss and a subordinate, you’ve seen both sides of the annual performance review. Sometimes it goes well, sometimes not. But what’s the real value of these annual activities?
Some people argue that performance reviews should be scrapped completely; others find them helpful. Recent articles that address the performance review issue include:
- A September Training Magazine article by Jeffery Sugerman and Mark Scullard. They write about a study they conducted in which 90 percent of people surveyed said they were glad the review was included as part of their job.
- Also in September, Samuel Culbert wrote Why Corporate Leaders Won’t Abolish Performance Reviews for The Conversation, a Harvard Business Review (HBR) blog that he advocates.
- In a June HBR blog post, Maxim Sytch and D. Scott DeRue weighed in with Ditch Performance Reviews? How About Learn to do Them Well?
CCL has long held the position that we need feedback — honest, often and ongoing. Annual reviews can be a part of that if they are meaningful and managed well.