Category Archives: Review

Kiss once-a-year performance reviews good-bye

If you work in the corporate world, you’re likely starting to feel a little prickly sensation on the back of your neck. And that’s because, after reading that headline up there, you’re beginning to think about the ominous–not to mention … Continue reading

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Intel's 'Hard Knocks' Performance Reviews

Mike Rogoway of the Oregonian writes today about the employee evaluation process at Intel, a Portland area employer of some 16,000 in the area alone. These evaluations, or Focals, drive reward and punishment at the area employer. Bonuses to probation, … Continue reading

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Performance Review Hard Luck Story: Number 237

Here is a new “performance review hard luck story” for the files, courtesy of JoJo’s World: During my stay here for 2.5 months, my supervisor kept on changing. My leave approval and performance assessment is done by different bosses and … Continue reading

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How to write a better performance review

As I was doing a little Kumquat research, I just happened to stumble upon this article, entitled “How to write a better performance review.” It’s nearly a decade old. The problem? It still smells as fresh as a daisy in … Continue reading

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How are we doing?

Any time is a good time for feedback. So, Amy, Toby, and Rick were wondering how you felt about our performance. Any input is great, but you can also feel free to drop that feedback into these buckets: The Good … Continue reading

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Firing an employee is a sensitive thing. You don’t actually hear about a lot of people getting fired these days — layoffs, “RIFs” and other corporate double-speak for letting people go is more typical. Actually firing a person is (in … Continue reading

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The No Asshole Rule

I love flying. If only because it let’s me catch up on all the reading I’ve been meaning to do. As per Amy’s “Assholes 101” post, I’ve been stuck trying to finish The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace … Continue reading

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Getting honest feedback, not as easy as it seems

Everybody loves positive feedback. But, sometimes, positive isn’t necessarily honest. Or it’s honest, by simply dodging the real issues. Q: How did I do on my project? A: Have you been working out? You look great! Lifehacker points us (“Learn … Continue reading

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Reviews, scheduled or ad hoc? Yes

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: You need to be reading David Maister’s blog. It always gets me thinking. And, quite often, he hits on a topic that causes the folks here to descend upon … Continue reading

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Friday pop quiz: Performance reviews

In terms of performance reviews, would you prefer: More reviews of your performance with more qualitative feedback? More reviews of your performance with more quantitative feedback? Any performance review with honest critical feedback, constructive or otherwise? All of the above? … Continue reading

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