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April 5, 2011 9:45 AM Subscribe
What reason do I have to fill out my annual performance review?
posted by Nomyte to Work & Money (31 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I work as a research assistant for a university research center. I don't want to fill out my annual performance review.
Why I don't want to fill out my annual performance review:
- Filling out the form is time-consuming.
- This is an extremely busy time of the year for me.
- The form requires me to keep track of every administrative report I've written in the past year.
- I find the process and the outcome meaningless and trivial.
Why I think the review process is meaningless:
- In the past, before I was hired, annual reviews were tied to merit raises. Merit raises were cumulative and could apparently make a difference. There have not been merit raises (or even cost-of-living raises) in over three years, and there will not be for years to come.
- As a possible outcome, since there is no longer a financial carrot, almost everyone has started receiving inflated performance grades. I suspect my overall grade of "exceptional" is basically meaningless.
- The person who evaluates my performance has very little contact with me. She is only nominally my supervisor. I see her approximately four times per year. She has very little meaningful feedback for me.
- We are not eligible for promotions of any kind. Hence, reviews can't be used as a basis for requests for advancement.
- The review focuses on my administrative, paper-pushing duties. They are not the main focus of my job, and I don't plan on using them to impress potential future employers.
- The actual researchers I work with are quite happy with my performance and have said that they will gladly write me letters of recommendation if required.
All I can see is a string of cons. Help me identify if there are any pros.