Don’t sweat your annual eval

Why a poor annual eval matters less than you think.

 

Once a year, on or around your seniority date, your manager must provide you a written performance evaluation (eval). Your eval should include feedback on your performance, including recognition for areas in which you’ve excelled and recommendations for areas in which you can improve.

Our CBA (collective bargaining agreement) disallows grievances in connection with our annual evals. However, an inaccurate/unfair annual eval matters less than you think. For one, our CBA expressly prohibits Kaiser from denying us transfers, or promotions, based on our annual evals:

1087 B. Evaluations Not Discipline.

 

Performance evaluations are not intended to be used as a means of discipline; therefore, the contents of such evaluations will not serve as a basis to deny transfer rights or promotions.

 

2012 – 2019 SEIU-UHW / Kaiser Collective Bargaining Agreement

There is, however, one way to fight an inaccurate/unfair eval – decline to sign and date your eval while appealing to your local HR representative. Although our CBA requires that we sign and date our evals, it doesn’t specify when:

1087 B. Evaluations Not Discipline.

 

…Employees shall sign and date such material only as proof of receipt.

 

2012 – 2019 SEIU-UHW / Kaiser Collective Bargaining Agreement