Well it has always been the case that the supervisor access/reviews an appraisees. But how would it have been if an appraiser also assessed his supervisor. I am sure most of appraisees would have wanted their supervisors to be thrown out 🙂 🙂
Irrespective of anybodies views, there should be some medium by which a supervisor can be assessed. Such assessment will not only help the company but it will also help an individual in becoming a better leader. When i go to the project audits i always ask how are associates grievances addressed? The auditee or PL says that appraisee knows whom to talk to. Another common answer is that the HR team are supposed to listen to the grievances. But these platforms are not appropriate since comments/discussions are not passed properly to individuals.
I remember an instance where a lady associate was called by a client manager at nights for silly reason. The call was for a issue of a deliverable but it was not urgent. It could have waited till morning. Repeated call finally frustrated her and she complained about the clients to my company managers. Mine company managers took it up with the client manager. The calls at night stopped , but clients started pinpointing flaws in the work that we do explicitly in each and every meeting.This was a ripple effect of the complaint. Both individuals in this example had crossed a limit but nobody took it in the right spirit.
Some of the better examples of assessment that i noticed in my career are
- A good friend of mine was managing a big team. he had kept a box outside his cubicle. Any body from his team was free to drop any suggestions/complaints. It was up to the individual if he/she wanted to be anonymous. This was good and successful exercise. His team members told points about him which awakened him and he started following those. even other complaints he analyzed and acted as and when needed.
- Every month we used to devote a day for team activity. In the month of December we planned a game in which each person acts out about other person. It was communicated that every thing should be in the spirit of game The associate who acted as me quite often folded his sleeves and got up from the chair to look how others are doing work. Well there was no harm in this actions, but i realized that some points which i ignore get automatically attached to my personality
All of us work for salary and all the actions as part of job are done because we have been assigned to it. A corporate leader is judged by the revenue whereas a political leader is judged on how he leads/delivers a growth of the country. If you wish to be a good leader , try to get some feedback from your team about yourselves. Be ready for the negativism. No body can be cent percent perfect but an attempt can be made to do so since by removing a bad behavior we become a better person