Millennials Prefer Performance Conversations

Human resources (HR) services provider TriNet found traditional performance reviews have a negative impact on working Millennials.

Sixty-two percent of Millennials have felt “blindsided” by a performance review, and 74% frequently feel “in the dark” about how their managers and peers think they’re performing at work. Nearly half (47%) say receiving a performance review makes them feel like they can’t do anything right.

Nearly one in four (22%) Millennials have called in sick because they were anxious about receiving their review. More than half (59%) frequently feel their manager is unprepared to give feedback during performance reviews.

Millennials reported reacting to a performance review by:

  • looking for a new job (28%);
  • complaining to coworkers (35%);
  • cursing (15%); and
  • crying (15%).

Sixty-nine percent of Millennials see their company’s review process as flawed. Nearly nine out of 10 (85%) would feel more confident in their current position if they could have more frequent performance conversations with their manager.

The study was conducted by Wakefield Research in September, and surveyed 1,000 U.S full-time employees born after 1980.