It's annoying. No, more than that: it's a source of stress.
In my line of work, the Annual Review is a feature of working in the big time. Smaller outfits, your "review" is every day, and the results arrive every payday: did you get paid? Good. Did you get fired? Bad.
It was pretty immediate feedback; there was none of this saving up a year's worth of failures, omissions and -- if you're lucky! -- one of two shining moments of triumph. Back then, if your boss invited you to a meeting to discuss your job performance, you were in deep trouble.* Anyone coming from that background dreads annual reviews.
The modern employer has now added Choose Your Mode Of Death: you have to propose your own projects for the coming year, with deadlines and performance goals -- even if you're an hourly employee working a combination of routine tasks and on-demand repair. Time well spent, especially since the projects are required to be blue-sky stuff, not a part of your core duties.
This is enforced thinking outside the box -- and what's outside the box is mostly panic. But, hey, the hourly rate is the same, no matter if it's a useful core task or drafting a proposal to create a corporate center for the housing, feeding and equitable redistribution of owls. Predatory Nightfowl Central, here we come!
Or not. Either way, I have to go dress like a grown-up and practice smiling.
* Such a meeting was when (years ago and at at a different job) I learned the downside of my habit of concealing all the wiring and ensuring that operating controls remained where the people who did the operating were used to finding them, unless they were unhappy with the arrangement, and leaving the setup usable and safe at the end of every shift: I had done a significant and lengthy rebuild of a control room that resulted in measurable improvement, but if you gave it a glance as you walked by, nothing seemed to have changed. This led my boss to assume I'd spent a month goofing off. Yeah, bad plan, and a lot of fast talking and hands-on demonstration to avoid being fired...for doing my job.
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