Feature

Book of the week: Get Rid of the Performance Review! by Samuel Culbert

Culbert affirms that the annual performance review is based on outmoded management ideas and provides little value to anyone.

(Business Plus, $24.99)

In his new book, UCLA professor Samuel Culbert speaks out about “one of the most insidious, most damaging, and yet most prevalent of corporate activities,” said Bernd Debusmann in Reuters.com. Culbert points out that the annual performance review is “universally despised”—and deserves to be. It’s based on outmoded management ideas and provides little value to anyone. In truth, one’s performance is constantly under scrutiny, said Simon Constable in The Wall Street Journal. Yet managers who know that “they’re expected to produce a performance review,” Culbert suggests, may actually “withhold feedback when it is most needed” in order to have fodder for the year-end critique. A better strategy is for managers to give an annual “preview” and offer feedback—good and bad—along the way. “Performance reviews should not amount to clearing up the yearlong mystery for employees about how they’re doing.”

Recommended

10 things you need to know today: November 30, 2021
Joe Biden
Daily briefing

10 things you need to know today: November 30, 2021

Barbados drops Britain and its queen, becomes a republic
Barbados becomes a republic
President Rihanna?

Barbados drops Britain and its queen, becomes a republic

Trevor Noah slams the Omicron-fueled Southern Africa travel bans
Trevor Noah
The Daily Showdown

Trevor Noah slams the Omicron-fueled Southern Africa travel bans

Honduran opposition candidate Xiomara Castro leads in presidential returns
Xiomara Castro
Honduras Votes

Honduran opposition candidate Xiomara Castro leads in presidential returns

Most Popular

7 cartoons about Thanksgiving inflation
Political Cartoon.
Feature

7 cartoons about Thanksgiving inflation

Who pays America's taxes?
Taxes.
Briefing

Who pays America's taxes?

Chris Cuomo delivers Thanksgiving tirade on XM show
Chris Cuomo.
woah there

Chris Cuomo delivers Thanksgiving tirade on XM show