One of the greatest enemies of employee engagement is a poor relationship between management and staff.  When communication is weak or one-sided, consists only of criticism, or is infrequent or inconsistent, employees come to dread that communication, resent the ones who deliver it, and feel threatened instead of encouraged by any feedback it may contain.

Case in point: the annual employee performance review.  According to a recent infographic published by, 58% of managers find employee performance reviews to be an ineffective use of time; it is one their most dreaded responsibilities, second only to firing an employee.  This may well be because, as the Society for Human Resource Management reports, 90% of employees find them not only ineffective but actually painful.

Check out some of their other findings, along with some alternatives to traditional reviews.

Employee performance reviews- productive or destructive-infographic