Office of the Ombudsman

Confidential - Neutral - Independent - Informal

You have questions about performance appraisals


My employee’s performance is really starting to decline. I get the sense that something is wrong but he won’t to talk to me about anything, and if I say something he gets defensive. I don’t want to go down a formal route of monitoring his performance – I just want to have a conversation to figure out what is going on. What I can do to support him and help him preserve a good performance rating?

I always received the highest rating on my performance appraisal from my old supervisor. Now my new supervisor tells me my work is barely satisfactory. I don’t believe it, and I don’t know what to do.

I haven’t had a performance meeting since I started working here. Every year my boss just tells me he will be rating me as “satisfactory.” I don’t think this is right or fair, and I want to have a real performance review.