Thursday, December 16, 2010


It's that time of year again.  The end times.  The last grains of sand in the ol' year-long hour glass are getting ready to slip on through to the other side.  There are many signs of these end times but none so clear a harbinger than the year end evaluations at work.

Now the truest evaluation comes in the form of a bi-weekly paycheck.  This is the most objective measure of value that the company gives.  You might be doing a fantastic job but the real worth of that service rendered is calculated by the market factors... so objective a force it gives business its reputation for being nothing personal.  I find the insincerity of this form of evaluation to be the sincerest form of evaluation.

Performance review.  Now we're stepping into waters that are often clear as mud.  Especially when it comes to self-evaluation.  How well did I do on a scale of one to five?  Do these answers have any bearing on my paycheck factors?  In working for a company that prides itself in humility, would giving yourself a perfect score actually seem anti-humble and become a mark against you?  Would giving yourself a lower score in false humility actually score some points?

I don't know.  The president's has a 47% approval rating with 53% strongly disapproval rating.  Ouch.  What would he give himself?  Would we fair any better if others were polled about our jobs?

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