I recently started a new job and made it to the part where your job is a series of checklists and the criteria is simple: meet expectations or needs improvement. (I need creativity). Who knew the grind can be broken down to something that simple? Fortunately, for me… I am meeting expectations. (I am learning that exceeding expectations does not apply in the corporate world). Working in HR, I understand the value of performance reviews — I cycled through them for a little over 3 years now. Cycling to be defined as hours of brainstorming, lots and lots of surveys and power points, assessing what’s important and defining criteria, working on budgets, researching competition in the market to stay ahead. I know both sides of them and that feeling like you’re being ‘graded’ fair is difficult, but a challenge I often look forward to annually. It’s one of those things that always makes you think: What am I really doing? What am I trying to achieve?
How do you measure performance?
For me, performance reviews are not often enough. But I am one of those people that operates and thinks I am always being evaluated – so show up, don’t show off. I know I’m young and I have a lot to learn so walking into work everyday scared of my boss is something I am okay with. I need it. Performance Reviews and culture is important, in any size of an organization. You want to be feel valued as an employee and as an employer you want to make sure people know their work is being monitored. No body, nor work should go unnoticed. Going to work everyday shouldn’t be a task. Yes, the idea of a review makes a lot of sense but I assess what I do daily. I put value into everything I do because I never want to come to a point where I’m unsure of what I’m doing. I hate working towards some imaginary goal. I need to know that I have an end result and something or someone is waiting for me at the end but most importantly, I would hate to be exhausted running circles in the same place. Fear a plateau… that’s enough to push me to always perform and deliver.