Crowdsourcing the performance review

Traditional performance reviews are never fun – and not terribly effective
By Chris French
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/28/2014

Early in my career, I became familiar with the term “single point of failure” — a part of a system that, if it fails, will bring the entire system to a halt. Most companies deliver performance reviews rooted in just that: A single point of failure. The belief that a fair and accurate performance review can be delivered by one manager once per year is, unfortunately, not quite true.

No manager, no matter how closely she works with her team, has the time to accurately capture and record all the information necessary to give a truly comprehensive performance review.

What’s worse, some managers come to the table with pre-existing biases — both positive and negative — that can colour their view of a direct report.