Do you provide reviews for your Consultants?

On a purely business level, you probably do not need to provide a performance review for your Consultant(s), as their contract most likely protects you from suffering the consequences of an inadequate performer. The reward for a “meets” or “exceeds” performance expectations is that the Consultant is allowed to fulfill the term of the engagement, and may be invited back for another. There is also the potential for a recommendation, which is always appreciated.

I am currently in the 10th month of a Consulting engagement, and felt a slight pang as managers and their direct reports are going through the ritual of the annual reviews. Having lived in that culture for over 30 years, I found myself missing it.

This afternoon, my manager called me into his office for a chat.

  • I like the way you interact with people
  • All your internal clients have great things to say about you and want to work with you
  • Most of all, you make me look good

Simple and to the point. I like this review process.


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