Yesterday, I met an young engineer who recently resigned from one of India’s premier IT company. After working in the industry for almost 4 years now, he is now pursuing higher education in the US. If all goes well, he will be joining a college situated near Niagara falls in August.After the initial pleasantries, the conversation turned to the reason for higher education. Then he replied, “I resigned primarily for the bad ratings I got during the appraisal. That made me think and finally, I decided to pursue higher education!”.
According to me, appraisal process is always difficult for both sides. No matter how fair you try to be, it always ends up ruffling feathers. The young engineer continued, “I was rated along with my neighbors”. Seeing my puzzled look, he elaborated, “Neighbors meaning my teammates who sits near me at the office! The saddest part is that I mentored all of them! And my ratings are lower than theirs. With the current rating, I will never get a promotion this year! So I resigned!”.
I have been listening to many people on the topic of appraisal. Everybody hates appraisal. Even during the appraisal season, the apprehension and negativity are always on the high. It reaches to a point that everyone wants to get over it as soon as possible!
If the appraisal process is counterproductive, why to have it in the first place? Does it help eliminate the bad performers? If so, do other countries have this elaborate and frustrating cycle? What happens if there are no appraisal?
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