By Amy E. Feldman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – In performance evaluations, is it more important to be honest or to be gentle?READ MORE: CBS3 Mysteries: Father Of Man Who Marked Grim Milestone For Philly Wants Son To Be Remember More Than Number
Bucking the kinder, gentler “we’re all winners, let’s give everyone a trophy just for participating” ethos, The Denver Police Chief made headlines last month when he rejected scores of performance evaluations, saying that they were too high and that “not everyone is outstanding”. Tru dat.READ MORE: Upper Darby Chiropractor Charged With Sexually Abusing 9-Year-Old Girl During Exam
While he’s not currently up for Mr. Popularity, the Chief is right that performance evaluations play an important role in employment law, and honesty (in conjunction with kindness) is important.
One of the prime pieces of evidence that someone will use in a lawsuit for wrongful termination is that she’d gotten only positive evaluations and so her termination was unfair and unlawful. So, where performance is lacking, it’s imperative to let employees know or they’ll be shocked when they get fired. That said, managers are reminded that the point of an evaluation is to motivate, not to frustrate and language that belittles serves no one’s purpose.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Business Owners Seeing Uptick In Brazen Thefts
So, while Chief Popularity understands that the word exceptional shouldn’t be applied to average, we also need to remember that being constructive in the criticism is important as well.