Male employees have a really hard time with performance reviews, study finds

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Two-thirds of employees think annual evaluations are unnecessary and outdated.
Two-thirds of employees think annual evaluations are unnecessary and outdated.

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Performance reviews can be tough for anyone. But men take their annual evaluations particularly hard, a new study found. 

Adobe surveyed 1,500 U.S. office workers and found that most people think performance reviews are a waste of time. About two-thirds of employees and managers think formal reviews are an outdated way of measuring performance. 

But beyond annoyance, office employees are really troubled by the review process. Sixty-one percent of millennials would switch jobs if it meant no more reviews, even with the same title and salary. Forty-seven percent of millennials have looked for a new job after a review and 30 percent say they’ve quit basically on the spot. 

Beyond millennials’ trouble with performance reviews, male employees have a particularly hard time with the process. Twenty-five percent of men — versus 18 percent of women — have cried after a review from their manager. More men than women looked for another job or quit after receiving a review, too. 

Adobe used this survey to say that companies should consider abandoning formal reviews, which the software company did in 2012. Fifty-five percent of office workers surveyed said they wished their own companies would get rid of or at least change the review process. 

That’s one way to stop the tears. 

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