Thinking Out Loud

Evaluations Should Be Subjective — Not Objective

The recent article I wrote for Fast Company on performance evaluations (click here) has generated a lot of thoughtful feedback..  It’s a hot and provocative topic.  The folks I know in HR are constantly looking for better evaluation programs and getting eye rolls whenever the topic is discussed with employees.  It seems to be universally dreaded and most importantly, it’s rarely helpful.  If anything, it should be helpful, otherwise why do it?

There is something we want from it, and it could be meaningful if it was tied to the real work people are doing, discussed with a manager in an engaged collaborative manner, and resulted in improved skills.

Check out the article and please share your thoughts with me.

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