Workplace Reviews a Painful Experience

March 14, 2006 ( - Nearly half of American workers say their employer takes their annual performance reviews seriously, a new poll found.

However, a news release from Adecco Staffing North America said that its survey foundless than half of American workers (44%) say they receive constructive feedback and 47% of workers say they would feel better if the review process was a two-way street.

American workers have other concerns about performance reviews, the survey found. One-fourth of respondents (24%) believe reviews aren’t given on a regular basis and 18% feel their long term career goals are not discussed.

“Performance reviews always deserve to be taken seriously because career development is a critical matter,” said Raymond Roe, president of Adecco Staffing North America, in the news release. “Reviews are an effective way to gauge an employee’s productivity and discuss career growth. However, unless managers give constructive feedback, they can forget about building a dialogue with workers and run the risk of losing top talent to other companies.”

The current results are based upon telephone interviews with a representative sample of 2,024 adults, 18 years of age or older, who are employed full time. Participants included 1,013 men and 1,011 women living in private households in the continental US. Opinion Research Corporation’s Caravan conducted interviews between January 26-30, 2006.

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