Evaluating Our Evaluations: Recognizing and Countering Performance Evaluation Pitfalls.
Selecting the right person for the right job at the right time is a persistent challenge faced by organizations. Performance evaluations are a fundamental component of selection processes, and their use in the Army is nearly as old as the service itself. Some early evaluation systems consisted of a list of officers in a regiment with observations noted for each ranging from “a good-natured man” to “merely good—nothing promising” to “a man of whom all unite in speaking ill.”1 While our current evaluation form adds a bit more science to the art of performance evaluation, a constant in the Army’s performance evaluation system is the reliance on raters to render their judgment on the potential of a subordinate for service at higher levels.
Evans, Lee A., and G. Lee Robinson. “Evaluating Our Evaluations: Recognizing and Countering Performance Evaluation Pitfalls.” Military Review 100, no. 1 (January 2020): 89–99.