Today’s Chicago Sun-Times features a short article on performance reviews. It is based on the findings of Samuel Culbert, a management professor at UCLA and author of Get Rid of Performance Reviews. Culbert says reviews only produce two results: angst and anxiety.” Instead, he challenges managers to be more involved and not just blame those below them for failure. He’s not for coddling underperforming employees, who should be “out the door and on the road.” Culbert believes the right way to manage is not by “checklist,” but by a culture of “joint accountability.”
My experience with 360 degree reviews matches well with the professor’s findings. Beyond that, I believe several of my clients who have been let go from their jobs over the last 12 months were often victims of managers who needed to justify a poor bottom line or make a budget look better. It’s easy to point the finger at someone else. As Culbert says, good managers share accountability.
Follow this link to read the article