Should Annual Performance Reviews Go the Way of the Dodo Bird?

By Michael Laperche posted 08-24-2016 02:34 PM


I don't know about you, but, I really dislike both giving and receiving annual performance reviews.  It would be like raising children and only providing feedback to them once a year.  It is as silly as the performance evaluation below from 1/1/1000 - 12/31/1000. . . .  What is your take?



Period covered (month/day/year): from January 1, 1000 – December 31, 1000 

Little John                                                                                             Yeomanry                 

Employee Name                                                                                   Department

This provides an opportunity to reflect upon actual work and ensure good communication between employee and supervisor. Use of this form is optional, but may be required by a dean, vice chancellor, or department. Below is a sample for your use as a template. 

  1. accomplishments related to each job function
  2. accomplishments related to established goals and/or performance expectations
  3. future goals and/or performance expectations
  4. training and development needs, if any
  5. support of the 9 Goals of Risk Management 

It's once again time to reflect on my past year's accomplishments.  This is my fifth year as a member of the Merry Band.  

Stealing from the Rich:  As you know, 50% of my position is devoted to this job function.  I'm pleased to report that I was able to increase highway robberies by 29% (five more than last year's record of 17).  I also developed a one-time plan to tell the wicked Earl John that the Sheriff of Nottingham intended to keep King Richard's ransom.  My plan was carried out last November, resulting in a loss to the Sheriff of 10,000 pieces of gold.  We also planned to begin conducting train robberies in February 1001, but when we met in March, we decided to defer this plan pending the invention of the steam locomotive. 

Giving to the Poor:  In the other 50% of my position, I made need-based grants to 47 individuals whom we encountered on the road through Sherwood Forest (my assigned area).  However, while filling in for Friar Tuck (who was on sabbatical at the Cordon Bleu), I also gave purses of silver to 4 millwrights and 3 cordwainers within his area.  

Established Goals:  Our Merry Band set a goal of enrolling four stout yeopersons by the end of fiscal 1000-1001.  I'm happy to report that I was the one who spotted George o' the Green and Dame Softly looking for work at the Scarborough Fair and as a result of the negotiations with our Personnel Committee, they will probably join our band in July. 

Future Goals:  I believe that I could be more effective at Giving to the Poor if I could begin working an alternate work schedule, so as to catch the early morning and suppertime passers-by on the Sherwood Forest Road.  If we are able to agree on an alternate work schedule, I believe I can increase my need-based grants by 10% during FY 1001-1002. 

Training and Development:  I am interested in increasing my technology skills and would like to attend "English Longbow for Fun and Profit."  I will need the first three Fridays of December 1001 to attend the classes, and one hour per day during these weeks to practice on the Archery Field. 

EEO/AA Opportunities:  I do not have supervisory responsibilities, but in our campfire discussions I have spoken often about a nation that is neither Saxon nor Norman, but English.

 Little John                                                     July 17, 100


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