We have 360 degree peer reviews which are anonymous. I heard that we should give concrete examples while giving a review. If I give concrete example, I lose my anonymity. The recipient would also know who gave that review. What is the best way to give an anonymous peer review?
If i give concrete example, i lose anonymity. The recipient would also know who gave that review. What is the best way to give a peer review?
You could avoid using examples that could be written only by you. Sometimes that means the examples must be less concrete, and often it means you would provide fewer examples.
When I wrote 360 reviews, I didn't bother attempting to be anonymous. I would never write anything that I wouldn't say to the individual's face. I was either completely honest (and therefore didn't care about anonymity) or I didn't provide a review at all.
Personally, I think "360 reviews" are nonsense. But that's a different question.
What is the best way to give a peer review?
Carefully and honestly, with the idea in mind that it may be seen by anyone. In my experience in the workplace, 'Anonymous' should be taken with a large grain of salt.
While I don't know how your particular anonymous peer reviews work, there is a normal way companies do these things.
When they say "the reviews are anonymous" it doesn't mean that the reviews are made available to all, but with the names removed. It means that the person you write about won't see what you wrote at all. The reviews go to the person's manager (and/or HR) who takes what you say into account in their assessment of the subject's performance. Those people will know who wrote the review. They won't pass any information you write directly on to the review subject. Anything they say to them will be done in a generalized way, not citing specific examples, and making sure they can't work out who gave the feedback.
You can therefore write specific comments and give specific examples, and the person reviewed will not know what was written or who wrote it.
It is possible that the subject may guess what you wrote, but that's a chance you take whenever you say anything. The only alternative is to keep silent,and the chances are probably small.
If this doesn't sound like your review system you should ask specifically how anonymity is maintained.