Why do we have self-evaluations?

Posted by Nikhil on Sunday, October 4, 2009

Almost all of us have an appraisal cycle at the work place. This is supposed to be the time when someone can evaluate the work he/she has done in the entire year and demand for a raise. While reading through some blogs on I got to this: Are employee self-evaluations worthless?

Here is my take on it:

In my opinion, self-evaluation is important for both the employee as well as the employer. Employee has a chance to exhibit his achievements and the employer can judge the maturity level of an employee through the self-evaluation.

There is no doubt that the employee can rate himself whatever he wants (as suggested in the report). But then, the manager is a manager because he knows his direct reports. The manager is being paid to know the person in-out and hence rate them as per his own knowledge. Self-evaluations are in fact a great chance to see if the person in question is mature enough to be promoted and may be made a manager himself. For, if he can rate himself rightly, he can rate others as well.


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