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Annual Appraisal: Significant Accomplishments

Posted on 2011.03.23 at 12:38
Current Location: 75070
Current Music: LeHah - Best of 2010
My *actual* submission:

Given the turmoil amidst contractual friction this year, compounded by pay-cuts which seemingly should have been shouldered by those not providing excellent service on a daily basis at the client site, while simultaneously taking on added responsibilities through massive layoffs and resignations, I consider each and every day I set my hand to a task a significant accomplishment; my reasons being far more subtle than numbers tallied up on a ledger or the completion of high-visibility projects: Attitude.

Despite being appraised annually by an abject stranger, I manage to radiate a positive, can-do attitude with each and every interaction I engage in, never turning down an opportunity to accept new challenges, even those which far exceed my scope. Why this year alone I have taught myself HPVM/IVM & VMware technologies to the point I have been placed as backup to the WINTEL Server Team and point of fact have installed and troubleshooted more Red Hat Linux servers than Solaris and HP/UX combined – while maintaining my full time UNIX duties. But its not always what you do. Most of the time its how you do it. And I do nothing begrudgingly, an art lost on remote authority, yet something which can make or break a client-facing team.

I have been magnificent this year.


kat_rowe at 2011-03-23 18:33 (UTC) (Link)
attitude is key *high fives you*
ehowton at 2011-03-24 19:05 (UTC) (Link)
Now we'll just see if management agrees :P
kat_rowe at 2011-03-29 22:08 (UTC) (Link)
*crosses fingers*
michelle1963 at 2011-03-23 19:12 (UTC) (Link)
Perfect description--of the problems in management, the not inconsequential low morale caused by them, and of a positive way to deal with it. AWESOME!
ehowton at 2011-03-24 19:07 (UTC) (Link)
I'd choose to get bent out of shape if there were a viable alternative, but I've found pitching a fit doesn't really focus my energy in way which produces measurable results :/
michelle1963 at 2011-03-25 01:00 (UTC) (Link)
I've tested "pitching a fit" empirically as well, and have come to the same conclusion.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2011-03-23 22:17 (UTC) (Link)
You go girl!!!
ehowton at 2011-03-24 19:11 (UTC) (Link)
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2011-03-24 14:29 (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations on staying employed another year!
ehowton at 2011-03-24 19:04 (UTC) (Link)
I failed to mention, that was my *actual* submission this year.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2011-03-24 19:06 (UTC) (Link)
I've got some pretty big balls, but I'm not sure they're big enough to pull a stunt like that. Then again, I never have had to deal with an annual review before. I might just do something like this for my own amusement one day.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2011-03-24 14:31 (UTC) (Link)
I myself am not subject to annual reviews, so this means that I don't have to worry about getting fired once a year. The down side to this is that I'm not also up for periodic raises either. I know some people at my company that haven't gotten a raise in years, not because they are at some artificial cap because of skillset or lack of degrees. So I try to take the good with the bad. Of course, if I had more monetary resources, I could do more in a shorter period of time, but, as we know, I'm currently working on resolving the problem, though the payoff seems so distant, it's hard not to get caught being unable to observe the forrest for the trees.
ehowton at 2011-03-24 19:03 (UTC) (Link)
And that takes fortification as well as vision. Many have neither. Its nice to see someone with both.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2011-03-24 19:07 (UTC) (Link)
It's a balancing act for sure, almost like zen.
Cat Who Likes OpenBSD
bsdcat at 2011-03-24 21:33 (UTC) (Link)
"...I do nothing begrudgingly...."

What? If you're doing nothing, why hold a grudge about it? ;-)
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