So I’ve talked a lot about improving HR right? Because it is a bit of a mission for me and because I’m a bear of very little brain. You know what we should do if we really want to show that we are serious about change? If we want to show that we have the balls for this. We need a symbol, a demonstration of our sincerity and devotion to the cause.
Some people would get a tattoo. Some people would make a pledge. Some people would make an offering.
I want you to ditch your performance reviews.
Yes, that is right. Stop doing them. Offer it up.
We made the whole thing up and we admit. IT STINKS.
The whole concept of annual performance review is just weird and unnatural and quite frankly wrong. The reason we have so many problems with them is because of exactly this. We change the form, we change the language, we change the training, we change the competency model (pause to chuck up) and still it doesn’t work. Why? Because it is a pile of crap.
People aren’t supposed to be put into stupid boxes and rated. To do so is just naive and intellectually stunted. People don’t perform on a cycle. They don’t perform against criteria, they don’t behave in terms of competency frameworks. What the hell are we thinking?
The whole thing is a ridiculous HR construct aimed at trying to control something that doesn’t need controlling. Trying to turn people from people into some sort of weird drone. Because it makes it easier. For us. And that is why the damned things never work. That is why we have created an industry of trying to find this utopian performance management process. When really what we should be doing is dumping the damned things.
I mean really. Who would argue against it? Employees? Managers? HR departments? Be honest, we all hate them.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t have open and honest conversations and appraising performance. Of course we all need to know what we are doing well and what we are doing badly. But that is an informal process between manager and employee. That is all that is needed. The rest I’m afraid is just a waste of time.
It is a big, fat, droopy pile of HR bollocks.