Yesterday was the day I had to give performance appraisal letters to my staff.
I know it was difficult for them because the company was not compensating as well as before. The industry is still reeling, therefore the knock on effect is the company could not meet most of its Key Performance Indicators.
I could not sleep much the night before. And I had to rehearse what I needed to say many times over to avoid being patronizing and unsymphathetic. Needless to say my stress level was high.
To be honest, I still haven’t gotten used to doing this year in year out. It’s never easy to manage people because we all have our personalities, traits, likes and dislikes. But it’s something I HAVE to do as the responsibility has been entrusted to me to lead the team. What made it worse was that I treat all of my staff as friends and family, so this one really hit home.
I do hope the company will fare better this year (I’m confident it will) so everyone can be commensurated fairly without any post-appraisal surprises. I know they all work hard so credit must be given where credit is due.
*azlano via Nokia E61*