Rethinking the Annual Performance Evaluation

Issue 8 and Volume 171.

By Craig A. Haigh We all know the drill. Another year has passed, and it is time for that much-anticipated pay raise, but before you can plan on spending your additional take-home dollars, you must endure your annual employee performance evaluation. Even for the most hardened fire service veteran, the thought of sitting down with the boss to talk about how you do the job causes more than a few butterflies. Performance evaluations can be described as a process that uses predetermined standards to evaluate the performance of an employee over a designated and an established period. The overarching goal is to provide review and feedback with a focus on strengths, areas of needed improvement, and the establishment of goals. A properly developed and delivered evaluation should be sufficiently specific to inform and guide the employee in the performance of duties. The problem is that too often performance evaluations provide…

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