Many people are of the opinion that annual performance reviews are a waste of everyone’s time. Given that I’ve never gone through a performance review, I’m still on the fence. However, the argument that they are a waste of time is a strong one.

Anyone opposed to performance reviews would likely tell one of that one of the main reasons for their opposition is due to the formality of the process. Many companies have turned the performance review into a formal process where both staff and managers have to fill out lengthy, detailed questionnaires with ticky boxes and ratings.

During the actual performance review, the focus is then on the results of the questionnaire. The problem with this is that it actually takes away from the valuable conversations you could be having about what really is important.

In the end it becomes an exercise in ticking boxes, circling numbers and filling in blanks.

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