Weekend Poll Results: Performance Reviews and Feedback

Thanks to all who participated in my latest weekend poll. This weekend’s question:

Are regular performance reviews and feedback part of your professional life?

­Read on to see what your peers have to say. If you’re not among those who regularly receive either informal or formal feedback, might the results of this poll serve as a discussion point with your executive or principal?


More than half the respondents have received formal performance evaluations within the past year

  • 41% of respondents reported receiving a formal performance evaluation within the past six months
  • 22% reported receiving such an evaluation in the past year
  • 12% reported receiving such an evaluation within the past three years
  •  7% reported receiving such an evaluation within the past two years
  •  7% reported that it’s been more than three years since they received a formal performance evaluation
  •  7% reported that they’ve not received a formal performance evaluation while in their current roles
  •  4% reported this is not applicable, as they’ve been in their respective roles less than a year

Just over a third of respondents’ salaries are linked to performance appraisals

  • 63% of respondents reported that their salaries are not linked to formal performance evaluations
  • 37% of respondents reported that their salaries are linked to formal performance evaluations


We’re more likely to see training/development plans linked to formal performance appraisals

  • 56% of respondents reported that their training/development plans are linked to such appraisals
  • 44% of respondents reported that their training/development plans are not linked to such appraisals


How does your comfort level with formal performance appraisals compare with your peers’? I asked people to rate their comfort on a scale from 1 to five, with one representing great discomfort and five representing complete ease.

  • comfort level of 1 out of 5: 0%
  • comfort level of 2 out of 5: 18%
  • comfort level of 3 out of 5: 36%
  • comfort level of 4 out of 5: 29%
  • comfort level of 5 out of 5: 11%
  • 6% of respondents selected “Other”; responses included, “Cannot say as I have never been subject to one” and, “I hate talking about myself”


More than two thirds of respondents’ executives/principals regularly provide them with informal feedback

  • 67% of respondents reported that they do receive informal feedback on a regular basis
  • 33% reported that they do not


Many respondents find formal performance appraisals and informal feedback equally useful

  • 57% of respondents reported that they find informal feedback and formal evaluations equally useful
  • 36% of respondents reported finding informal feedback more useful
  •  3.5% of respondents reported finding formal evaluations more useful
  •  3.5% of respondents selected “Other”; one wrote, “Informal feedback is helpful, while formal evals are validating.”

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