What Do Employees Really Think About Performance Reviews?

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Here’s a secret – employees don’t hate having their performance appraised.

No, indeed! They want to know how they are doing, if their efforts are meeting the needs of colleagues, customers and the company, and where they could do better. But they do hate the annual performance review process.

Let’s be honest – who doesn’t? It’s fraught with anxiety for everyone because so much weight is put on a meeting that happens just once a year with perspective from just one person.

So, what do employees want and how do they suggest fixing it?

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The truth about performance reviews

The latest Workforce Mood Tracker survey looked at just that. Check out the infographic below originally shared on the Globoforce Blog (email newsletter readers may need to click through.)infographic-employee-reviews

You can find more from Derek Irvine on his Recognize This! blog.

Derek Irvine is one of the world’s foremost experts on employee recognition and engagement, helping business leaders set a higher vision and ambition for their company culture. As the Vice President of Client Strategy and Consulting at Globoforce, Derek helps clients — including some of world’s most admired companies such as Proctor and Gamble, Intuit, KPMG, and Thomson Reuters — leverage recognition strategies and best practices to better manage company culture, elevate employee engagement, increase retention, and improve the bottom line. He's also a renowned speaker and co-author of Winning with a Culture of Recognition. Contact him at irvine@globoforce.com.


4 Comments on “What Do Employees Really Think About Performance Reviews?

  1. Good piece, Derek.

    We’re in furious agreement with you. We (including much of the HR community) need to stop whining about doing reviews and reinvent the process so that it is more balanced, inclusive, timely, relevant, and beneficial.

    Bill Catlette
    Contented Cow Partners

    1. I couldn’t state it better Bill. And thank you for sharing Derek what is over looked by many businesses in general and or done without any thought into it.

  2. What a great article! Thanks Derek.

    So often we, as an industry, complain about the mis-use of reviews, or the cases where people take feedback hard etc. yet we must remember that in the most part people want feedback on their performance, and that generally people (70%) see it as an opportunity to develop & grow.

    I’d be very interested in your views on whether 360 degree feedback can be radically improved through a new approach we’ve developed over at http://www.spidergap.com – please contact me if you’d be interested in letting me know what you think.

  3. Absolutely people WANT and NEED feedback. In my humble opinion, the best feedback is “immediate” feedback, both positive and negative.

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