Set the record straight
If you like performance reviews, you haven’t been happy about the articles appearing in the press over the last few weeks calling for the extinction of that annual ritual. From The New York Times to the Arizona Daily Star, columnists have been supporting the theories of Samuel A. Culbert, author of Get Rid of the Performance Review! Culbert says that in the case of performance reviews, offering no employee evaluations is better than the current system. He is a true believer in his mission.
A bit of troubling news in Culbert’s book is his statement, “HR professionals exploit the performance review to provide them a power base they don’t deserve.” Wow, I was surprised to see that. It seems that HR professionals have more to do than they can handle. I think many HR managers would be happy to give up the time consuming and tedious job of keeping track of reviews and reminding managers to give them.
Where do Culbert’s ideas come from? Is HR really a controlling group that just wants to create busy work to appear important? Apparently, Culbert thinks so. Reading that made me wonder if others feel the same way.
HR has been on a major push to develop a more strategic function within organizations. Most HR professionals are working hard to learn more about their businesses and increase their ability to have a significant impact on the bottom line. In many companies, the top HR executive reports directly to the CEO.
Culbert is right. You won’t get much respect if you don’t add value to your organization. But I don’t think that profile applies to most of the HR profession. Many HR professionals understand how to drive business results through effective recruiting, management and training and are working hard to set the record straight.