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Quid Pro Quo

Forget about the superficial, ceremonial, “empoyee survey” that is often ignored and quickly forgotten. Wouldn’t it be a great quid-pro-quo move to “allow” each employee in an org to formally judge his/her organization’s behavior, I mean performance, once a year? The content of the review form could be similar to the one in which the employee him/herself is evaluated. After filling out a set of multiple choice questions and allowing for free-form input to justify the selections, an overall behavioral rating could close the review. The rating could be selected from an enumerated list similar to this:

  • Exceeds Expectations
  • Meets Expectations
  • Needs Improvement
  • Unacceptable

Based on the final rating, instead of giving the org a merit increase, the employee would communicate the level of commitment that he/she will really provide in the coming year:

  • Total Commitment
  • Half-assed Commitment
  • Feigned Total Commitment

Of course, much like parents and teachers are expected by “the entrenched social system” to evaluate their children, but not vice-versa, this idea doesn’t have a chance of making it into the mainstream. Nevertheless, BD00 speculates that the practice is done somewhere as part of a continuous improvement initiative?

  1. squid-pro-flow-fish
    July 3, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Sure. Rate your workplace. And then just like every other metric ever applied, the BORG will use your own replies to gauge your ‘value’ within the organization. Rate high (lie), get elevated to a new throne, rate low (be honest) and run the risk of getting tossed out with the bath water as they sweep the bad apples out of the orchard. Disgruntled employees are bad for business. Never mind why they are disgruntled.

    • July 3, 2012 at 8:54 am


      Interesting. Throw out all the honest, bad, “poor me” apples and you’re left with all the high-rating liars, right? What a conundrum.

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