Never have liked official and corporate-wide evaluation and feedback systems. Here is why.
Company A has a policy of constant and regular feedback for its employees. Managers ask co workers to evaluate other co workers, you know, to “help” them get better, yadayadayada. They CANNOT only have positive things to say, either, they MUST find at least one area of development need.
So, the conversations go something like this: ”But isn’t there one thing about Bill that you do not like?” ”No, not really, he is easy to work with, and does a great job.” ”Not even one little thing?” ”No, I like what he does and how he does it.”
“Surely, there is one thing. Does it upset you that he is always early to meetings?” ”No, that is good.”
“But doesn’t that show he is trying to show the rest of you up, you know, to make points with the boss?” ”No, I don’t think so.”
“Don’t you think that others might see his always being early to meetings as a sign he has his eyes set on a higher position.” ”I don’t think so, no.”
“But don’t you see how someone MIGHT think that way?” ”I guess so, yes.”
“Bill, people are concerned that you are too much on the lookout for your own career. That you are always bucking for a promotion. And that you are a brown-noser.”
Riddle me this. Do you think Bill is more motivated today as a result of this feedback? Or less. Don’t bother telling me this does not happen. It happens every day.