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Candid Talk About Performance Evaluations

It's evaluation season--does any topic spark more debate between employees and managers?

This story appears in the December 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »
Candid Talk About Performance Evaluations

I Am Not a Child (as told by an employee)
So why am I sitting with my boss, hands folded in my lap and struggling not to roll my eyes as he fidgets with my annual review? It's like this every year. I try to be pleased about the good parts. But in my mind, I'm age 7 all over again as I hear I'm a "3" here or a "5" there, or maybe "satisfactory" or "acceptable," or did he say "superior?" I never understand the relevance of these grades.

I hate the juvenile ritual of the annual evaluation. I am not a child, and I don't want grades or scores in my life anymore. Why does my company persist with it?

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