How to handle a bad Performance Review: After 50+ years invested in my career….I can say this: I’ve NEVER had a bad Performance Review. In fact… I’ve NEVER had a GOOD one either. How so… you might ask? Because I’ve never had a Performance Review…of any kind…at any time.
It’s COMMON procedure to have a “performance review,” as, most large companies do them as a “routine and scheduled event.” Don’t misunderstand… I’ve had my share of raises and promotions… for sure, but NEVER, have I had a performance review. I’ve never expected one; never asked for one; and no one ever suggested one.
If I didn’t get a raise” within a reasonable period of time, or concluding some specific, predetermined goal; or a promotion for similar circumstances…. which I felt I should have gotten… then I either worked harder until I got the raise or promotion…. or I resigned; whichever seemed appropriate. And ….I’ve done both.
Here’s my point: I look out after myself, and I don’t expect anyone to do it for me. I know when the time is “ripe for a raise,” and/or a promotion. No one needs to set the conditions for me…. I’ll do it myself. My feeling is this: “no one” can look out after me, better than me. I depend on no one to do it for me. Who look’s after You?
I’ve always felt that “my work spoke for me.” If I did a good job; did what was expected of me… and more; then the $$$ would come soon enough. Of course, there are those circumstances that come along, where you’re working for a “certain type of fellow,” who simply doesn’t “understand” how it works (and is CHEAP… on top of it), and one might have to take “certain steps” to achieve what he feels to be “fair and proper.”
Then, there is the “kind” that think like I do: Once, I worked for a fellow who “simply would not give a raise/promotion unless circumstances “forced him to do so.” It was NEVER voluntary on his part. His reasoning was the same as mine. He felt that if I (or anyone) deserved it…. I would look-out for myself. And, I did. At the time, I was Corporate Controller, (this was 42 years ago) but my “actual job” entailed much more, in terms of, Administration. In fact, I was in charge of “everything” other than SALES. So, I went to him and explained the FACTS. I wanted to be Corporate Vice-President and I wanted to $10K annual raise. I got both! Admittedly…. There “is RISK” in this type of maneuver…as I’ve said before… “Know when to HOLD, and know when to FOLD.”
FINAL POINT: If you don’t ask… you don’t get. We are told this “time and time again,” in the BIBLE….”ask and you shall receive.” There are probably 30 or 40 different scriptures in the Bible addressing this “very subject.” I’ll refer you to “just this one.” Mark 11:24 – Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive [them], and ye shall have [them]. This particular scripture states…”believe that ye (will) receive them…etc.” So, if we don’t believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and in the RESURECTION; confess and repent of our sins, then we don’t get what we ASK for. PERIOD.