December 6, 2007 E-MAIL PRINT

Performance Review

It's performance review season again. As you may know — thanks to our annual explanation — DJ managers are required to "ask your employee to prepare for the (performance review) meeting by completing a self-assessment."


IAPE members are not required to complete self-assessments.

It's up to your manager to complete performance evaluation forms. Supervision and evaluation are management functions — that's why they're managers (we think).

Sometimes a manager will ask you to list "strengths" and "weaknesses" before a performance review. Again, this is not your job. Anything negative you might say or write about yourself may appear on your performance review.

Managers have also apparently been given approval to use "360-degree feedback" for performance evaluations. In other words, they can solicit input from others with whom you work. They will be asking for specific comments on performance of peers, and using the feedback to aid in their evaluations.

Again, IAPE members are not required to perform evaluations of their colleagues for obvious reasons.

Our advice: if you are asked to take part in "multi-rater" reviews, politely decline. If your manager insists, contact us at

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