Most professionals dread performance reviews. And who can blame them? Some employees fear being judged and found wanting; others see the process as pointless bureaucracy. Managers spend hours — if not days — agonizing over reviews when many of their employees are just looking for a grade. Its a lot of sound and fury, signifying not much.
Performance reviews can be done right. Theyre a great opportunity to synchronize manager and employee expectations, jointly set goals, and evaluate progress toward those goals. If youre a manager and not doing these things, you might as well skip the review process — and reconsider whether youre fit to be a manager.