As a kid I always loved to play trick or treat, so would anyone. The lovely, scary costumes, the element of surprise & scare, the disappointment of tricks and finally the exuberance when we got the treat, those simple pleasures make me want to go back to those golden childhood days. Agreed, those days I didn’t feel it was golden and always was impatient to become a grown-up. Tada! I got my wish and here I am all grown-up.
Can you ever outgrow Trick or Treat moments?
I thought I outgrew the trick or treat moments until my first performance appraisal. Quite a scare it was. I thought I performed well throughout the year. I’ve no idea whether what I did was enough or not. I was clueless about the parameters I was being evaluated on. I didn’t get any kind of feedback either good or bad. On top of it even I forgot the little things I did which had a huge impact on our outcome.
I felt baffled and was scared witless whether I would get a treat or trick? But one thing I was pretty sure. This trick or treat is for real and the result would haunt me.
When the appraisal was over some of us got the treats and some of us get tricked. And none of us know how or why? We couldn’t find any discerning patterns on the outcome. There is no way to find what worked and what didn’t, hence no learnings to develop us further. Our company understood our plight and decided to streamline and modernize our performance management process with the cutting-edge Synergita Software.
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