Creating a Performance Evaluation Process That Actually Encourages Great Performance
I recently gave a speech to a very large audience of state and federal employees. The room was filled with young and old, and I was talking about the differences between the generations. At one point I said that one thing all generations had in common in the workplace is that we all hate the evaluation process. This got a quick round of applause. Then I said, “I think we should do away with performance evaluations” and this got a standing ovation!
When you think about it, how many of us like to sit down and evaluate another person? Most managers and supervisors dread doing this and end up putting it off or doing it poorly. Employees don’t like it either and often feel that the comments or scores are arbitrary and de-motivating.