What is worse is that sometimes, organizations review on a "curve" - i.e top 10% get rated A, Next 30% get rated B or an equivalent scale. This practice is seldom reviewed in the context that this grade is not a reflection of the quality of work. Imagine the morale of an eager and hard working employee who doesnt get a good rating.
Dear <Manager>, I got my A because........
This review would be written in past tense as if the employee is writing at the end of the performance review period.
Moreover, when the employees and managers are not worried about meeting pre-determined standards, it allows the employees to be inventive and flexible in approaching a desired goal.
This practice recognizes an innate desire in human beings to contribute and excel when they don't have to worry about the constant evaluation of their work.
- Have some of your colleagues write a letter to each other about what they will do over the next quarter to get an A.
- Start with a quarter's review instead of the full year.
- At the end of the quarter, colleagues review their own letters and decide whether they have earned an A. Did they accomplish everything they said they would.