Year- end sum­maries

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT -

Wor­ried about pre­par­ing a fa­vor­able year-end sum­mary, many white-col­lar work­ers are ap­proach­ing ghost­writ­ing agen­cies, which have mush­roomed in re­cent years, for help. Pro­fes­sional ghost­writ­ers have been run­ning a boom­ing busi­ness de­spite the crit­i­cism of the pub­lic and the me­dia. But it’s time this prac­tice was ended, says an ar­ti­cle on Ex­cerpts:

Year-end sum­maries are a ne­ces­sity for in­di­vid­ual em­ploy­ees as well as em­ploy­ers. By re­view­ing your achieve­ments and short­com­ings dur­ing the year, you can learn valu­able lessons on how to en­hance your ad­van­tages and avoid mis­takes to achieve suc­cess in the com­ing years. And set­ting a goal could be mo­ti­vat­ing.

But many de­part­ments and com­pa­nies have turned year-end sum­maries into a te­dious ex­er­cise, rather a bur­den, for lower level em­ploy­ees and mid-level man­agers, who des­per­ately try to cope with the de­mands and are forced to look for ghost­writ­ers.

Some com­pa­nies have even linked the qual­ity of year-end sum­maries to the an­nual assess­ments of em­ploy­ees, prompt­ing them to be­lieve that writ­ing fancy sum­maries take prece­dence over hard work. That has made some em­ploy­ees re­sort to trick­ery; they as­sess col­leagues’ achieve­ments and try to trump them and im­press their su­pe­ri­ors with bet­ter-writ­ten sum­maries.

There­fore, man­agers and em­ploy­ers who as­sign un­rea­son­able tasks for year-end sum­maries are the rea­son why em­ploy­ees seek the help of ghost­writ­ers. Man­agers as­signed by com­pa­nies to over­see the process should judge a year-end sum­mary on its ob­jec­tiv­ity, gen­uine­ness and ef­fec­tive­ness rather than its lan­guage and length.

Only if a sum­mary is ob­jec­tive can em­ploy­ees and em­ploy­ers both learn how to avoid mis­takes and chart a suc­cess­ful fu­ture.

The opin­ions ex­pressed on this page do not nec­es­sar­ily re­flect those of China Daily.

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