On a recent post, a recruiter “The Headhunter” columnist answered a reader’s question about performance reviews. “I haven’t had a review in 4 years,” the reader said. “What should I do?”
The columnist advised the reader to press the issue. If necessary, he said, “Go to the Human Resource department. It’s possible your boss isn’t following policy.”
But here’s a counter argument.
What are the nonverbal signals? Are you getting raises and rewards? What’s your relationship with your boss?
More important: Are you more marketable today than you were 4 years ago? One year ago? Six months ago?
Staying marketable is your best protection against bad reviews, no matter what.