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Merriam-Webster.com defines “evaluate” as 1) to determine or fix the value of, and 2) to determine the significance, worth, or condition of, usually by careful appraisal and study.

It is employee review time at work right now, as the corporation shifts from twice yearly to yearly evaluations. And along with the formal review comes pay increases based on employee performance. A lot rides on the care in which the managers have studied each employee’s “significance or worth” to the company. Are they an asset to the company, one that can be quantified and duly rewarded, or are they just “coming to work”?

This is a new experience for me, having come from a union background where our placement on the salary schedule depended on our education, credentials held, and years on the job. Fortunately, I won’t be affected right now, as my first evaluation won’t happen until my first anniversary date, some six months from now. For now, I shall simply relax and do my job to the best of my ability, as always.