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Performance management is nonsense

Published 25 days ago • 1 min read

You ever feel like your company's performance management plan is nonsense?

You set goals and your boss or your peers rate you and then your raise and bonus is based on what they say?

Well, your suspicions were correct. It's crap!

In this Harvard Business Review article, the author makes the case that everyone rates everyone inaccuraetly.

Most HR Data Is Bad Data

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"Over the last fifteen years a significant body of research has demonstrated that each of us is a disturbingly unreliable rater of other people’s performance. The effect that ruins our ability to rate others has a name: the Idiosyncratic Rater Effect, which tells us that my rating of you on a quality such as “potential” is driven not by who you are, but instead by my own idiosyncrasies—how I define “potential,” how much of it I think I have, how tough a rater I usually am. This effect is resilient — no amount of training seems able to lessen it. And it is large — on average, 61% of my rating of you is a reflection of me.

In other words, when I rate you, on anything, my rating reveals to the world far more about me than it does about you."

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If you don't play into your raters' idiosyncrasies, you're not going to progress in your career.

When you go 1099, you are still subject to other people's perceptions of you (your client, the prime program manager, your peers, etc.), but at least there is no bureaucratic rating system that determines how far you will progress in your career or how much money you'll make.

So you're not crazy. Not wanting to be subject to an arbitrary performance management and rating system is a perfectly valid reason to go 1099.


If you're interested in learning how to get your first solo 1099 federal sub-contract, check out my book:

Going 1099: How to become a solo federal sub-contractor and gain control of your working life, earn more money and unlock more free time

I'm Dale, the author of Going 1099

Going 1099 is a book that teaches you how to become a solo federal sub-contractor and gain control of your working life, earn more money and unlock more free time. I wrote it because quite a few people have asked me how they can become a 1099. I figured it was best to write a single book that I can send them and that I can share with others who are interested. This newsletter goes out Monday - Friday and covers topics that will help you succeed in starting and maintaining successful 1099 career.

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