Performance Reviews

This is a topic that tends to provoke strong feelings among employees. Reviews are meant to 'grade' an employee's job performance, professional skills, and a host of other metrics designed to subjectively render a critique of that employee's overall value to the company. Inherently, nearly all reviews are fatally flawed. Even done with the best intentions, reviews tend to rank employees. There will always be those that are top performers and those that aren't. In any case, no matter how large or small a company is, the review process ultimately demotivates and discourages employees.