Ditching Annual Performance Reviews for Employee-Manager ‘Check-Ins’

The traditional annual performance review is more about control than about improvement. Some companies are moving toward manager-employee periodic conversations as a learning and feedback process.
— By Dave Desouza

The annual performance review process is alive and well but clearly showing signs it does not fit today's business needs. Traditional hierarchies and organizational siloes are disappearing to accommodate the need for increased employee collaboration and job autonomy. The traditional performance review process worked well for decades when employees did not expect more engagement and their jobs had less autonomy and depended on minimal collaboration. Innovation flowed from R&D, and change management was a series of directives from the top.

The business environment today is radically changed, with employees participating in the creative innovation process, working on cross-functional teams, and managing their job responsibilities w...

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