When I was a manager, the task that I disliked more then any other was preparing the annual performance appraisals of my employees. Each year, I would struggle to make pertinent comments while showing compassion. That was not always as easy as it would appear. Sometimes I would find myself entertaining a mental comment unbecoming a manager, but instead would carefully phrase it so the issue was addressed tactfully but hopefully, the criticism was constructive.
I am retired now, so I have more latitude. As such, I am putting together a few suggestions of what the manager says and what he/she would like to say. Hopefully, this will take some of the mystery out of the review process. Here we go.
Manager: This employee struggles to grasp the more basic responsibilities of the position.
Definition: This employee is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot.
Manager: This employee should seek opportunities outside…
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