The idea of annual reviews strikes fear into the hearts of most white-collar professionals. First and foremost, the prospect of getting unexpected negative ratings is scary. On the flip side, if you are the manager, the idea of giving feedback can be daunting. Whether a high-level manager or an entry-level employee, the sheer time commitment alone can make reviews fear-inducing experiences. According to Charles Rogel of DecisionWise consulting, an average review takes three hours. Adding up the hours invested by managers and employees in this process can lead to a serious financial, as well as emotional, investment. Even if it only takes 30 minutes to write a self-review, or to write one for a team member, ...

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