The company I work for initiated (without consulting its employees, just after a few two info meetings) a so-called "Dialogue" process. The process consists of 1on1 sessions with direct managers, where the employee has to answer questions related to her
- estimated difficulty of tasks assigned
- estimated strengths and future potential
- possible areas of improvement
- how her achievements are related to company values
The company claims that this is not a real appraisal process, salary discussion or a personality assessment.
I have asked clarifications to my direct line manager as to what this process is, what are its goals and how it will impact me. Unfortunately, he became opaque about it, and referred me to his manager, stating that he will answer my questions.
I did some more digging on my own, and after consulting some more resources on the process internal wiki page, I noticed that the results of this process are consistent with a regular appraisal: at the end of it, employees would get binned into Juniors/Seniors/Experts and so on, promotions might occur, salary negotiations might follow depending on evaluated expertise.
It is my conclusion that my employer is disguising an appraisal process as a so-called "dialogue". It is also my conclusion that my manager either doesn't understand the goal of the process he is pushing me to complete or is unwilling to share it with me.
My question for the Workspace community is, given the statements above,
- Do you agree with my analysis of my direct manager?
- Am I correct in evaluating my employer as disingenuous in regards to its intentions?
- Has anyone encountered similar scenarios? If so, how to proceed?
Disclosure: Company I work for is located in the EU and builds software.