Monday, January 17, 2005

Work Diaries (16): the evaluation

Each year the manager of each branch has to complete a performance evaluation form to evaluate his employees and give the results to the general manager of the mother company to decide who will stay, who will get fired, who deserves a raise… and so on.

Since I completed a year, I went through this whole evaluation thing.
There are 3 categories: Job Performance (5 items to be evaluated), Personal Performance (4 characteristics to be evaluated) and Individual Objectives (5 goals to be evaluated). The manager should mark each point in each category using the levels from A to F, A being the best.
I got the total of 10 A’s, 3 B’s and 1 C.
So my overall assessment should be marked as A, BUT, as my direct and general manager explained to me, the company policy prohibits a “Junior” employee, i.e. being only 1 work-year old, to be evaluated as A. Therefore I got the total evaluation of B.

Anyway, the interesting part was my manager’s personal notes on my performance:
“Eman has shown great integration capabilities from her first days within the company, and has never complained under high pressure. She has demonstrated a high level of professionalism in several aspects of her tasks and successfully carries out high responsibilities. Eman is a good contributor in giving a very good image of the company spirit and working environment.
I think she should only be more aggressive when dealing with people…”

I must admit that it gave me a psychological support and kept me somehow motivated, exactly what I need to keep me going in my stressful demanding job. Talking of motivation, I know the evaluation sounded really nice and all, but, hmm, according to my evaluation, shouldn’t I be getting a raise? :D