Wednesday, 15 August 2007


My boss, who has all but ignored me for two years, sent me an email on Monday to say he would be coming down in our direction today, Wednesday, and he would do my appraisal while he was in the area.

How this is going to be achieved when I have never been given any objectives I don't know, but I feel I have to prepare in some way. I have at least given priority to his pet schemes and never (yet) complained that he has let them drop.

Yesterday I spent a lot of time setting up our new intranet, another of his pet schemes, as well as setting up spam filters on the the new email server, plus the usual IT firefighting that goes on. I started the day at 8:00 am and left at just after 6:00 pm. During the evening I was sent a message to say that our web developers, who were in the midst of a revamp of three websites and a complete rewrite of a fourth, had closed the business and ceased trading yesterday.

So here I am at 5:00 in the morning trying to put some thoughts together. If the truth be known, I have been putting thoughts together all night long, most of them unrepeatable.


  1. Nil illegitimi carborundum (or, translated from the cod latin) don't let the b@st@rds grind you down! Good luck with the appraisal -and remember that an appraisal should be a two-way process.

    Let us know how you get on.

  2. Tricky things appraisals both to give and receive. In my last job before I retired, we had a system of "All-Round" appraisal, where work colleages and those who worked for you were invited to contribute to the appraisal. When done properly it was very illuminating if not a little humbling.

    I hope it goes well for you.

  3. Thanks Elaine and LR.

    Well of course it wasn't nearly as bad as I had anticipated.

    To set the scene, imagine Mr Spock from Star Trek, with a little less personality - that's the man.

    It wasn't really an appraisal at all in that I still have no objectives, but more like a conversation. Someone has very clearly been telling him all the concerns I have been having recently because he brought up those very subjects - and he turned on the charm offensive..... and it worked. Hmmm.

    But I did come out of it feeling I had been heard, and to give him his due he did take note. So at least I feel better. All's well that ends well.

    LR, my husband used to have those all round appraisals before he retired too. He was used to them though - the family give him those all the time ;)


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