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Putting Together a Blue Sky: Laying the Foundation for Staff Evaluation

by Jeny Searcy
March/April 2012
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Susan sat in her supervisor's office, waiting for her annual evaluation. She was
nervous because she had no idea what to expect. She didn't see her supervisor much. How, she wondered, could someone who had never seen her work or spent time with her say whether or not she did a good job?

Lacy's evaluation was scheduled for later that day. She hadn't thought much about it. Evaluations were, in her opinion, just going through the motions. They didn't mean anything. She didn't learn from them. Her supervisor would hand her a form with boxes checked off and she would sign it and go about her business. What difference did it all make, anyway?

Finally, Tim, the last appointment, came into his supervisor's office. He hated this! Not the evaluation process, exactly, but the going to the office. It seemed so formal and foreboding. He liked his supervisor and was able to discuss issues with her — but the process of 'going to the office' left him tongue-tied.

Evaluation time can be like putting together a 5,000-piece jigsaw puzzle that is all sky — what, exactly, is the point? When all is said and done, one ends up with a big blue blob — ...

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