Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Performance Reviews are not about Reviewing Performance
Annual performance reviews are not about reviewing, rewarding or appreciating every employees relative performance. This is impossible as basically every employee thinks they have performed relatively above average. Rather, they are about shaking out the marginal employees who would quit in the next year if they don't get some status recognition, deciding if the company really wants to keep those employees, and if so giving them a plum. Everyone else gets turnips.