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Gods with chevrons, the way sdrawkcab

Well I find it just about impossible to contain my joy and elation at the thought of beginning to complete my latest annual staff appraisal. I know they have migrated into a different name calling nowadays, following the development of all things that need to be developed and brought bang up to date and be seen to be all modern and relevant.

Somehow I just do not think so.

Having been able to experience the annual round of putting your annual performance into a clear and relative context, the group sergeant was the eyes, ears and wisdom that protected you, helped you develop your career desires and sorted the wheat from the chaff, the workers from the shirkers. In short they were like gods with chevrons and their word was trusted, always. They were the real power and knew everything there was to know. Even when you thought they didn’t, you still knew they were already hatching plan B.

How this annual assessment has changed from the appraisal and your Sergeant evidencing what you have done, how you have improved with age and experience to a level nowadays that is little more than you justifying your arse to the management. That is exactly what it has degenerated into.

You have to evidence what you have done in a whole wide range of corporately worded sections that seem to deliberately cover all the political hot potatoes and the ideal kinds of ideologies that exist in the ideal world of the corporate managers.

No one can say anything positive about you it-is up to you to justify someone else’s master plan. You will have had to keep a host of evidence throughout the last assessment period to ensure you are able to complete this computer generated monster as well as all the other meaningless dross you will have collected or submitted during that time. All in the name of justifying your existence to someone else.

One thing is for sure, it will not be in your interests unless you play by their rules for the purposes of getting where you think you want to go with your career.

Just don’t count on anyone else to help get you there. That is down to the application and selection processes which are equally as irritating and thought out by those who want a process they can understand. This means they do not have to come to grips with the expertise and knowledge you might need to have for the job you might want to apply for.

So now everything is somehow equal, modern and much, much better.  

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3 Responses

  1. I’ll say its equal – one thing good thats come out of the new system.. is that I now know how to cut and paste!!

    However, so does my guvnor, although not so well, which is I have “she” written a dozen times in my appraisal!

  2. A specimen appraisal…

    Am I going to get a promotion or a pay rise?
    – No
    Am I going to get a demotion or pay cut?
    – No
    See you next year

  3. So you’re enjoying it then?

    on the plus side, it’s better than actually going out and doing Police work isn’t it? And as a council tax payer I’d much rather my police officers were inside doing their PDRs than out patrolling the street I live in.

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