I'm going to keep posting on this until I get more response or they kick me off. So far I have one person that agrees with me, but no one willing to attempt to justify this kind of exploitation.
Employees have deadlines that are usually unreasonable. Now you're asking them to take more time away from that. Employees who get along well with others will be overloaded with review requests. So by making an effort to get along well with people who may not be all that competent, they are loaded with the responsibility of reviewing them.
Why is it impossible to just do a good job and let that speak for itself? Employees should be advised what they will be reviewed on, given a form to fill out and rate themselves if they choose to do so, and get comments from fellow employees, if they choose to do so. The review should be face-to-face with the employee and the employee should be allowed to forego the review if he in fact does want to let his work speak for him.
To reiterate, my boss knows who I work with. I have no problem with him asking any questions he wants of them. But that's his job, not mine, and in my opinion this is the kind of HR imposed nonsense that decreases overall workplace satisfaction.
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