Few things in the corporate world generate such vociferous reactions as the performance review. Held annually, employees meet face-to-face with their judge, jury and potential executioner. Sometimes, the outcome is positive, with the employee relishing a well-earned pat on the back, hefty bonus or promise of better things to come. Other times, well, the experience is not quite so pleasant.
For several years, stress has been the number one cause of long-term sick leave in Britain, outdistancing other usual suspects like repetitive strain injuries or illnesses like cancer. It sounds bad – but the real danger is not taking any steps to change that.