Posted by: Jena McGregor on July 23, 2009
A few weeks ago, we put together a special report on mid-year performance reviews: Why they matter more in a recession, why performance reviews don’t work, and advice from an HR superstar on giving a review in tough times.
At the time, we asked our followers on Twitter to tell us about the most memorable comments given during past performance reviews. Here’s a sampling of their responses. (Leave your best one in the comment box below.)
—“Your weaknesses are just overuse of your strengths. You need to work on ‘modulation.’ “
—“TX govt employee scolded for wearing white [panty]hose cuz ‘they make your legs look fat.’ Boss resigned during sexual harassment inv”
—“boss once pointed out that I took out both days of Rosh Hashanah but he didn’t think I was that religious… in a review…”
—“Bossman: How do you justify all that time spent in Social Media? Me sez: The same way you rationalize golf games with clients.”
—“boss overpraises my excellence, touts me as top example of great worker; then excitedly gives me $2500 raise.”
—” ‘You’d be 1 of my best engineers if you were 6’ tall w/black hair & a wart on ur nose.’ (Petite blond didn’t work.)”
—“Even if there are no areas of improvement, we’ll have to come up with one. Just make it up.”
—” ‘Would you mind pouring me another drink?’ I was a young reporter - he was my alcoholic boss.”
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