My mini-piece for BusinessWeek.com on why performance reviews are a waste of time just went live along with a counter-piece arguing for them by Bob Rogers.
I first blogged about this back in 2008 listing the top 10 reasons why formal annual performance reviews are actively damaging to motivation and happiness at work, including:
- Everyone hates them
- They become an excuse for not talking the rest of the year
- They focus too much on the quantifiable
I argue that formal review meetings are just a crutch for bad managers who can’t figure out how to give their people regular timely constructive feedback on their performance.
What do you think? Do you see performance reviews as an essential tool? Or are they just another annoyance keeping you from doing your job?