Company I work for has a review process, where we discuss what we have achieved for the past n number of months. In this mid-year review my manager wrote the following feedback:
There have been instances where tickets have taken longer deliver to than the estimate provided. I often put this down to procrastination. Likes to ‘tinker’ until she feels she can deliver what she believes to be the optimal solution.
After I read the review, the word "procrastination" stuck in my mind. As I see it, the word procrastination means that you spend doing other stuff, like browsing shopping websites, forums instead of actually doing the work. Not the fact that I take pride in my work and I try to achieve a high degree of craftsmanship. I've had a face to face discussion with the manager, where I pressed to give an example.
The example she gave was a task that took longer then expected because I was not directly involved in it, I was more in a guidance role at the start. Not until I saw the other person struggling, did I directly intervened and helped, working overtime to get everything delivered. Working overtime in my mind does not mean procrastination! I've asked the feedback to be removed directly as she agreed with my view of the events but said that she couldn't change it once submitted.
The other parts of the feedback I've got no problem with, and I feel that this particular feedback has a negative and unfair connotation for someone who would read it at first and was not a participant to our face to face discussion also may hinder the career progression in the company.
Question is: Should I let it go or should I escalate this in the hope that the feedback will be removed? I'm not sure if this is the best option as I have a good working relationship with the manager and not really see how the escalation could help, other then being moved to another team or maybe create animosity between me and the manager.
What other options would I have?