Fear of the Review

October 4th, 2011

By Lillian LeBlanc

Nearly everyone who works has had a performance review. Usually conducted at least annually, the performance review is designed to provide a structured way for a leader to give formal feedback about an employee’s job performance. Many employees approach the performance review with fear, expecting to hear negative comments. In reality, though, most performance reviews are positive.
Some performance reviews are nothing more than pats on the back, with little if any time spent discussing areas for improvement. Managers who conduct these kinds of reviews do so merely to fulfill an obligation. The box is checked, but the opportunity for dialogue and development is lost.

Aviation has an equivalent to the job performance review. The biennial flight review, or BFR, requires the pilot to demonstrate his or her pilot proficiency and knowledge of important regulations. As the name implies, the BFR occurs every other year. It is conducted by a flight instructor of the pilot’s choosing. Some pilots seek an easy BFR with a familiar instructor, wanting to simply check the box and satisfy an FAA requirement. According to an article in the September 23 issue of ePilot, published by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, fear of the BFR is common among pilots.

See full article here: http://flightlevelleadership.blogspot.com/2011/09/fear-of-review.html

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