Chapter 1

Your Current Performance

Performance review time brings excitement and dread in the workplace. Most of you are rated at least once a year. You feel invested in your performance numbers to the extent that they may be tied to incentives like raises and promotions, and who wouldn't want the praise and recognition that you hope to accrue in what could be a rare one-on-one meeting with the boss? The dread comes in because, for many employees, the yearly review is the only time you receive meaningful feedback on your performance, good or bad. You may be nervous about it, and you may sense that your boss is not looking forward to it any more than you are. Performance reviews can be emotionally fraught, and they take up a lot of time and energy ...

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