As many of you know, I have expressed considerable skepticism about whether performance evaluations are even worth using, if they do more good than harm. And Sam Culbert has gone the next step with his book, Get Rid of the Performance Evaluation.
Even though this debate will continue to go on, the fact is that lawyers, HR executives, and the force of tradition -- and some rational reasons as well -- mean that most organizations aren't going to be getting rid of these things anytime soon. As such, I was talking with a senior HR executive and she asked me if I knew of any examples of good and simple performance evaluation forms -- the one her firm uses is way too complicated and she is looking for ideas about how to simplify it.
I thought that was a great question. If we must use these things, they might as well be as short and effective as possible, despite their limits. Can anyone help? Has anyone ever used one or used one now?
Please describe it in as much detail as you can and you get bonus points for sending a picture or pdf or something like that of the form.
P.S. I just did a Google search for "Performance Evaluation Forms" and there are a lot of images of them... but it is tough to tell which are good or bad from looking at them -- I bet the form itself is a lot less important than the quality of conversation that happens before, during, and after people get the feedback.