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Performance reviews can be the best or the worst discussion of the year.
When I work with companies on retention issues, I usually review exit interview data.
One of the most common refrains is, "I never got any constructive feedback, and my manager didn't even care enough about me to do a performance review."
Another common comment is, "My manager just went through the motions, checking off the boxes on my review."
Here's another beaut: "My manager asked me to do my own review, and he never even met with me. He just signed it and turned it in."
Here are some ways to make it one of the best discussions of the year: