Campaign: Performance Appraisal

Performance Evaluations in the Gov't

As a gov't employee with the Dept of Justice, I have been required to write my own performance evaluations for the last four years. When I say required, it is more along the lines of "if you don't write them, then you will just have to accept what is given to you, and it may not be as favorable". So, I've been giving myself very impressive performance evaluations, both quarterly and yearly, for the last four years (I've worked for the Dept. for 15 years now). I don't really see how this practice is beneficial to either myself or the agency, so I did an experiment. I chose to take a chance on what I would get as a yearly eval if I didn't write it this year. You would be amazed at the results........I got the same yearly evaluation as I did two years ago, and the most amazing part is, they forgot to change the date! What is my point? Glad you asked! I'm sure I'm not the only gov't employee in this position. I think it would be a good idea to have supervisors held more accountable for the way they evaluate thier staff.

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