I received my one year evaluation today. I have been with the company 5 years however I was promoted just over a year ago into a new position and this was my first evaluation in this position. Receiving the evaluation is a good thing, it means a raise. What bothers me is some of the feedback I received with the evaluation.
It seems that I have excellent communication skills, in fact it seems, possibly too good. They have asked me to use smaller, simpler words while speaking to people because some of my vernacular is to profound for many folks to understand. Really?!?!? When I questioned some of my peers, I was shocked to find that they indeed concur with the assessment! I have to admit this has really disturbed me. Pressure to cede intelligent conversation because someone doesn’t know the meaning of an occasional word is outrageous and embarrassing. Where are we going as a nation? If this is any indication of what is happening around the nation, it does not bode well for the future.
Rather than drawing down those whose vocabulary has expanded beyond our own, here’s an idea pull out a dictionary and Look It UP! I do mean a dictionary because today we are likely to just google it and forget it. If you go through the effort to get out a dictionary and look it up at least you have a 50% chance you will hold on to the meaning for more than thirty seconds. Good Grief!
Now the other feed back I received may indeed be a valid complaint… They say stop taking so long to say things, just get to the point and shut up.