It’s that time of the year! Performance appraisals, work appraisals, whatever you call it, it’s time for it. We were notified of this at work and there were some mixed feelings about it. From what I could gather, this is the first time our school is doing it so it was a brand new thing for teachers and management.
So let me tell you where I’m coming from, for my opinion on work appraisals. I think I’m able to see it from both teachers and management point of view since I’m a teacher now and I have a Bachelors in Commerce with a concentration in Human Resources. I personally don’t have a problem with a performance appraisal, but I can see where some people may have an issue.
- Reflection. It’s a chance to reflect on how you did in the past year. For us at work, we’re supposed to do it after every lesson but let’s be honest, ain’t nobody got time for that. After class we’re scrambling to find time for lunch, photocopying for our next class, or meeting with students and answering their questions. Also, it helps me have a larger view of how I’ve been doing the entire year, instead of a week-by-week basis.
- Goal setting. Setting goals for yourself is never a bad thing. There’s a problem if you say that you’re the perfect employee and you have nothing to improve on. Things are always changing and it’s good to keep up to date with it all. Of course, you should set SMART goals as well.
- Accountability. Being in a unionized environment, it’s easy to get comfortable and just do the bare minimum. With appraisals, we stay aligned with company goals for excellence and should motivate us to be our best.
- Judgement. Let’s be honest, no one likes being judged. Even the best teachers feel a bit uncomfortable when other people evaluate their performance, no matter if their performance is good or bad.
- Bias. In a private company, this could possibly be an issue. Especially if the appraisal is done one way only, just the opinion of the supervisor. Hopefully, you’re able to evaluate yourself and then have a chance to compare it with your supervisor’s evaluation and have a dialogue about it.
I think appraisals are a good thing. Yes it can be a bit uncomfortable, but it’ll be good for personal and career development. As long as you’re doing your job and can show it in numbers or confirmed feedback from customers/others, then I don’t think you’ll have anything to worry about.
*These are just my opinions and by no means reflect everyones. If you have some other points to add to a pros/cons list, then please leave them in the comments below.