I remember the dread as the date for my appraisal loomed large. When I worked for a large US Computer manufacturer my quarterly bonus was linked to how well I got ‘graded’ in my appraisal.
I would lie awake at night worrying about it and waken up nervous in a panic.
When the day arrived I would wait in my cubicle sweating – looking at my team members go in ahead of me. It was like first confession all over again.
I heard feed back on my sales performance against target, see how many calls I had made, how made customer care issues were originated by me. I sat there apprehensive and armed with potential excuses, that luckily I did not need.
I got a more than average appraisal which I think related to a doubling of my pay cheque.
Now I have feedback that Charlie no longer like cucumber slices in his lunch bag, that I forgot to pack his swimming goggles and that I was late picking up Aoife one time before Christmas.
I don’t get the positive feedback that I was used to and the monetary kick-back that went with it – but neither do I get the anxiety, the stress and the sleepless nights.
So let’s here it for zero appraisals!!!