How do you feel about job evaluations?

It is summertime, and among many other things we do every summer at Faith Church (like the 4th of July picnic at Long’s Park, VBS and summer camp at Twin Pines), we also do staff evaluations. 

Usually I bring along a ministry volunteer that serves with the particular staff member, and we talk with them about the previous year.  The Pastoral Relations Committee handles my evaluation.  Each member of the committee receives an eval form, they fill them out, return them to the committee Chair, who compiles them, and we all meet in August to talk it over. 

Anybody else dislike job evaluations?

Or are you strange enough to welcome them?!?!  Maybe you get excited for someone to tell you how you need to improve?  Or maybe you are so awesome at your job that your eval is perfect every year! 

Or maybe not…

Have you ever had one of those evals where you go into the meeting, and you get generally high marks for your job performance?  You’ve been a very good employee, and your boss wants to tell you that.  But they also feel they have to point out things that needed improvement, even if those areas are minor or far and few between.  Like they will somehow fail as a boss if they don’t at least give one or tow critiques.  Nobody is perfect, right?  There has to be something wrong.  Maybe you’ve been in one of those eval meetings that I’m talking about, and though you look at the official report they give you, and the report is glowing, you walk out of the meeting feeling like you just got kicked in the gut.  How do you feel about those job evals?

Then there are other kinds of eval meetings.  These are the ones you walk into confidently.  You are feeling good about the past year or past six months, and you feel like you’re about to hit a home run.  Instead, you strike out.  The job eval points out things in your performance that shock you.  You think “That’s not true!  That’s not me.  This must be a mistake, this must have been meant for someone else.”   But it was meant for you.  It was about you.  It is the truth.  

How does that feel?  How did you miss the truth about yourself?  How can you have a perspective about your job performance that was so misguided? 

Is it possible, as we look to Daniel 5, that the job performance scenario could be said about your discipleship to Jesus?

Published by joelkime

I love my wife, Michelle, and our four kids and two daughters-in-law. I serve at Faith Church and love our church family. I teach a course online from time to time, and in my free time I love to read and exercise, especially running,

One thought on “How do you feel about job evaluations?

  1. I think job evaluations are a good thing. It sure is one way to open ones eyes to how they have been doing in a years time. But the hard part is maintaining that same attitude that you have just before a evaluation, throughout the year. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a person assigned to you always, to say”Um, get with it” This would keep one from getting comfortable and becoming set in their ways.

    In the beginning I was about to say I haven’t had a job evaluation in 3 years. But the truth of the matter is, that being a stay home mom is a job, and yes I am evaluated. My evaluations come from my husband, friends, family and God. These are the people who can see how my children are growing, learning and behaving. I am the one who’s job it is to provide them with life’s necessities. They are 100% dependent on my care. When the kids are not growing properly, learning or behaving properly, who do you think is now in the spot light? Yes, me.

    So in my opinion, God is the one who evaluates our lives. I feel by keeping a open heart and truly listening to God, we can grow in so many ways. I whole heartily believe God creates paths in our lives for this very reason, to open our eyes. To show us how we are getting comfortable & not growing. It is SO hard, because of the powerful forces telling ourselves the wrong things. We so easily convince ourselves that everything is”OK”.

    I believe keeping our trust in God and following his path can keep us from growing stale.
    I love these thought provoking blogs! Gets my brain going!

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