OK, so maybe I overdid it with my rant last week about the annual performance review.
Perhaps there is a way to make this (horrendous and widely despised) system work.
I’ve been thinking long and hard, and here’s what I’ve come up with.
The Best Performance Review Ever
Boss, walking down the hallway: Amiel, it’s time for your annual review
Amiel, stops to chat: Awesome, when can we schedule it?
Boss: It won’t take very long. How about we do it right now?
Amiel: Now works great. Did you want to get a conference room?
Boss: No need
Amiel: How about we at least step off to the side of the hallway?
Boss: No need. This will be fast. You ready?
Boss: Two things. First, you know that thing we’ve been talking about every week since your last review. That thing you’ve been getting really better at?
Boss: Keep doing that
Amiel: Will do
Boss: And you know that other thing I’ve been giving you feedback about every day?
Amiel: How could I forget?
Boss: Keep working on that
Amiel: Got it. Anything else?
Boss: No, that’s it
Amiel: What? No ranking against my peers?
Amiel: Not even a rating?
Amiel: Alright. Thanks, boss.
Boss: Thank you.