It’s a gift……
So at most companies now its performance review time right? Even here is my little slice of hell they are trying to review…..the emphasis on trying. They are trying. In more ways than one. Anyway, that’s not what I’m talking about here, I’m trying to lay off the swearing and if I start talking about the dickish behaviour that the people here are currently exhibiting I’ll surely end up in the crap.
Instead, I thought I’d share with you my performance review….because we are open like that aren’t we? We get along? We trust one another?
I started this blog in March 2009, so I’m a relative newbie to the scene. The first post was on 31 March and on 11 April I got my first comment. I can’t tell you how exciting that was! So? I don’t get out much ok. Want to make something of it?
That means I have been going for nearly a year now. This is my appraisal of my year…….
1. I’m still here and I’m still writing. A lot of the blogs that I was reading when I started out seem to have died a death. So I’m taking this as a positive. Let’s hope that is not the kiss of death!
2. I’ve interacted with a lot of nice people over the year, people with the same views as me, people with different views to me, people from all over the world. People I respect, people I think have potential and a few people who I think are talking out of their arses
3. Technically, I moved from blogger to wordpress and managed not to fuck it up totally. I’m not sure I did everything right and there are still improvements I want to make, but then hey I’m an HR Director not a tech geek
4. I think I’ve made a few people laugh along the way, maybe caused people to think? I never wanted to be a serious HR blog, there are far too many of those already, nor did I want to be exclusively about HR. Hopefully I’ve achieved that balance
Areas for Development (aka weaknesses):
1. My spelling and grammar are bollocks. I never realised how needy I was in this area. I have a PA, that covers my back…but it hardly feels sensible to ask her to type my blog posts! The educational mantra when I grew up was not to teach grammar but that it would come naturally. You know what? That’s crap. It doesn’t
2. My swearing is an abomination. This is supposed to be my non-swearing week, but I know that so far in this post I’ve done a couple. By the way, I type these things straight out stream of consciousness style and don’t edit – hence the inability to not swear and also the inability to write properly (see 1 above)
3. The lack of a community of British/European HR bloggers. Not that I don’t love my American friends (you know you all rock) but every time I write about something specifically English (see yesterdays post) the comments fall off a cliff
4. My use of Twitter. So I’ve had an account for……forever, but only started using it properly over the last few weeks. Much of the stuff that passes my eyes, confuses the crap out of me and I have no idea what the etiquette is. Still, ladybird steps and all that, at least I’m there?
So that is my appraisal, but I’m all into 360 feedback (despite it being the devil’s spawn). What do you think? What could I do more of, less of? I don’t want smoke blown up my arse. I want your feedback.