June 26, 2007

Now she knows.

You may find this hard to believe, but I really am a man of few words. Few complimentary words that is. I have a hard time telling people how good they are at different things. Which makes my management style in our office completely different from everyone elseís. Sure I tell my people when they do a good job, and give them a pat on the back. But I donít stroke their egos for doing the job that is expected.

Itís time for the annual reviews in my office and if you recall I worked from home last Wednesday to get them finished. Not that mine were long, maybe a paragraph or two. Itís just that I have a hard time coming up with long worded complimentary statements. I also donít like getting long ones. In fact I generally like them to just tell me what I do wrong and let me fix it. If you like what I do, show me were it counts.

And thatís exactly what I did. After a year and a half of having direct reports, this is the first time any of them are getting a review solely based on my observations. Thus itís easier for me to actually rate, appraise and praise them. Tonight I gave my first employee their annual review and showed them the dollar amount of the raise they were getting. After going over the appraisal and rating they read the brief couple of paragraphs I wrote about them. Then I said, ďIím not good with telling people how much I appreciate them, Iíd much rather show them.Ē I slid the paperwork for their raise across the table. Her hands covered her mouth while she started to cry in happiness. I know that the message came across loud and clear. They did a good job and I appreciate all they do for the company.

Iím actually looking forward to giving the rest of my employees their reviews.

Posted by Contagion in Tales from the Work Place at June 26, 2007 07:19 PM | TrackBack

Money definitely speaks louder than words.

Posted by: Graumagus at June 27, 2007 07:08 AM


Posted by: spurs at June 27, 2007 03:21 PM

That sounds like the best way to do an eval EVER! I *hate* having to sit thru a 15 minute review/eval, having smoke blown up my arse about what a *great job* I'm doing, only to get a piddly 2.5% raise.

Your way is way better: showing them rather than b.s.ing them.

Posted by: Wes at June 27, 2007 04:54 PM

I like that - good for you!

Posted by: Teresa at June 27, 2007 04:55 PM

While I don't like to sit through a long diatribe about my virtues of work I do want something more than my shortest review ever ..

"you did a good job, sign here"

Posted by: Quality Weenie at June 28, 2007 10:13 AM

And also, the auto industry does not give more than a 3% raise to anybody but Executives.

Boss once told me he has never given anyone all 5's on a review before, the best review he has ever given anybody (based on 1-5) but all he could give was 3% raise because that is all the auto industry gives.

Ya know why I hate the auto industry now.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at June 28, 2007 10:15 AM