The Worst Flaws of Performance Reviews [New Report]

by Dora Wang on Mar 1, 2016 1:00:00 PM

The phrase "annual performance review" can be enough to send a chill down any employee's spine. But is it really all that bad as the clichés indicate?

We asked 100 employees and 100 managers for their real opinions on performance reviews — the good, the bad, and the ugly.

When it comes to reasons that they dislike performance reviews, here's what they said:

 

Reasons Employees and Managers Don't Like Performance Reviews by TINYpulse

 

As we can see, employees and their managers are pretty much on the same page when it comes to their opinions on performance reviews. Here are the major themes in their responses:

1. The timing is terrible

There’s a clear message that performance reviews are not a good way to spend people’s time in the workplace. Not only do they take too much time, but they also come too late to do any good.

2. There are missing pieces

Performance reviews aren’t necessarily worthless, but the current process is definitely incomplete. Employees are getting rated but not given proper feedback and follow-up on that rating. What’s worse is that reviews are skewed toward what went wrong and what happened most recently. And employees can’t even fix the oversight because their voices aren’t heard in the review process.

3. They aren’t fair

Employees and managers alike agree that workers are getting the short end of the stick. Heck, more managers than employees say that they can be biased. Employees can beblindsided by unexpected criticism or getting told that they failed goals they didn’t even know they were expected to meet.

Check out the complete report to see what else employees and managers had to say about performance reviews, including what needs to be changed to salvage the process.

 

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The Truth Behind Performance Reviews by TINYpulse

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This post was written by Dora Wang

Dora is an employee engagement researcher for TINYpulse and managing editor of TINYinstitute. Having grown up in Texas, she is now firmly settled in Seattle, where she spends her free time reading comic books, wrangling her three cats, and (of course) rooting for the Seahawks.

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