Should I require my employer to prepare an assessment of my performance?

This issue remains the subject of controversy, and opinions differ. There is ample precedent to indicate that the absence of any performance assessment implies that the employer considers an employee’s performance to be satisfactory. Hence, for every year that is allowed to go by without a formal performance review, a year of “good service” is accumulated, theoretically and in the eyes of the authorities, in an employee’s file. Conversely, when an employee’s performance is considered exceptional or superior, a written appraisal establishes a record of that performance for future reference. In such cases, it would probably be desirable for you to ask your employer to prepare a written performance assessment, which you could then countersign.

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