Hot on the heels of the audit, performance appraisal season has begun.
It’s not that I really mind these annual soul-crushing sessions devoted entirely to how far we’re all falling short of management’s expectations, it’s just that I can’t quite figure out why management has such high expectations in the first place. I guess George Windbag Santayana has the right of it after all: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”
Anyway, this year they’ve introduced a new segment, which goes by the sinister title of SECTION 5 (subtitled: Your Colleagues Think You’re a Dickhead). SECTION 5 adds that extra bit of self-confidence shredding that is all too often missing in modern companies.
Still, it’s not all bad. In view of the recent SECTION 5 revelations, I am particularly gratified that my co-workers choose not to spit in my face when we pass in the passage.