Immaculate Perception


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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About oldmainer

I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions, and that's how Oldmainer was born. Recently, I decided to try an experiment. I added photography to the mix, using only a cheap cell phone with a limited camera and the editing software that came with it, and added the blog site Inklings at to showcase the results. So, feel free to use whatever you find interesting or worthy, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.
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