Are performance reviews still necessary?

It’s performance review time, but not as we know it. ArtsHub takes a look at the value proposition and expectations of post-pandemic performance reviews.
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How we work, and how we interact as teams, has changed dramatically in the past two years. In many ways, our relationships with our team leaders and managers have become more personable – less formal – so does a place remain for office formalities?

One such formality is employees’ performance reviews, often anxiety ridden and dreaded by both parties.

Before the pandemic, the Harvard Business Review (HBR, 2016) opened up the conversation around a trend for nixing reviews. It quoted Brian Jensen of the US company Colorcon, who in some HR circles, was viewed as heretical for his methods back in 2002.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina