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Why Your Performance Appraisal is a Joke 

And How to Survive It

The dreaded performance appraisal! If you’ve ever worked in a corporate setup, you know the drill. It’s that time of the year when your destiny hangs in the balance, determined by two words: Performance Appraisal

But let me tell you, it’s more of a comedy show than a serious evaluation.

Employee salary

The Hard Work Hoax:

First things first, let’s uncover  the myth spread by managers everywhere: “The harder you work, the better your appraisal.” 

Ha! Don’t fall for it, my friend. I’ve been there, done that, and it’s as reliable as trying to win the lottery with a burnt ticket.

The Company Coin Flip: 

Just when you think you’ve got it in the bag, the company pulls a classic move: suddenly announces major losses a month before your appraisal. 

Because apparently, unless the company’s swimming in a money vault, your job security hangs by a thread.

The Promotion Mirage:

Are you still dreaming of that sweet promotion and a fat paycheck? Well, don’t hold your breath. Even if you do get promoted, brace yourself for at least six-month salary freeze. Because, heaven forbid, the company needs time to adjust to the idea of paying you what you’re actually worth.

The Inexplicable Appraisal Phenomenon: 

Now, let’s talk about that one colleague who baffles you every year.

You know the type: clueless, always on their phone, yet somehow bags the highest appraisal. Oh! I know it feels like you are watching a sitcom where the punchline is, “Life’s not fair, kiddo!”

The Master of Brown-Nosing: 

Last but not least, let’s raise a toast to the champion of office politics: the expert brown-noser. They may not know the first thing about the job, but boy, do they know how to compliment the boss’s new haircut like it’s a national achievement. 

Tip: keep an eye out for them offering to wash the boss’s car next.

Employee is brown nosing.


Q.”Does sucking up to the boss really work?” 

Sadly, yes. It’s the corporate version of “fake it till you make it.”

Q.”How do I survive performance appraisal season?” 

Stock up on snacks, practice your fake smile, and remember, it’s all just a circus with better lighting.”

Actionable Survival Tips:

Buzzword Magic :

Memorize buzzwords from your company website. Bonus points for using them out of context.

The Strategic Coffee Run:

Make friends with the boss’s assistant. Bribe with lattes if needed.

 That’s all about the greatest comedy show on Earth, starring clueless managers, and the occasional office brown-noser. 

So, this time before appraisal, grab your popcorn and enjoy the show!

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