Posted by Tim Stobbs on March 21, 2014
I wonder some days if I just don’t have a problem accepting praise or perhaps I just lack the ability to give enough credit for my own work. In either case I did better on my last year performance evaluation than I thought and got a nice 5% raise yesterday.
Yet perhaps what was most interesting part of the discussion on my work was the fact the company is starting to move past just evaluating results of people’s work (ie: what they did), but also the context on how they do their work.
I think everyone has run into someone who on the surface does great work, but is a pain in the ass to work with. Some people tend to put up with the attitude because of the great work. Well apparently the new direction in our performance reviews going forward is going to assess both the what and how. So in the future the ass to work with will get less of raise.
On the surface I like the idea, but I have to admit to being concerned on who evaluates this but I found out our performance rank last year was vetted on all the department managers and the director prior to approval. So a person can’t just kiss up to one person and get a higher result, you actually need to be a generally good person to work with (or somehow kiss up to a hell of a lot of people). Of course the group evaluation helps keep things in balance, but things can still go sideways for a person who doesn’t do much work with other groups. Yet I suppose there is no perfect tool to judge performance of an individual.
In the end, part of the reason I did better than I thought on my performance evaluation was the fact I’m apparently a nice guy to work with. The group was partly evaluating the ‘how people work’ prior to it becoming the official direction going forward. Which to me is funny, since it isn’t like I try to be that nice, but rather respect people and be honest about things. Last time I looked I looked I work with adults so the respect is fairly easy to give and perhaps it is my failing in life that avoid lying to people. I tend to tell people what they need to hear not what they want to hear. So while I expect my honesty to get me into trouble at times…and it does…overall it seems to balance out.
Oh for the record I’m not a saint to work with….I have my bad days just like everyone else and my problem areas. I hate repetitive data entry and will avoid doing it, my first draft of anything is horrible, and my work after 3pm usually sucks. Also when I have a really bad day I can be almost mean to people.
So what do you think about evaluating people for what they get done and how they do it? Does it work or just cause even more problems?