"It was such a brilliant idea; I couldn’t believe no one thought of
it before. Brilliant! I had just created the Spousal Performance
Appraisal. A thing of beauty, complete with a five point scale from
"never meets expectations" to "always exceeds expectations."
It covered menial stuff like dirty dishes, taking out garbage, a
section on finances, timeliness of bill paying, even a scurrilous
section on bedroom behavior. There were specific questions about
noxious odors, remembering birthdays and anniversaries.
I took this brilliant idea to my testing ground. "Honey," I said.
"You know we have been married for a few years now, and I thought it
would be a great idea to do a performance appraisal on you. In fact, I
have created this form for you to fill out on yourself and then I
thought we would talk about your ratings versus my ratings. This will
surely reveal several areas where you could do better. We can finish by
writing up this page called the Spousal Improvement Plan. Three months
from now, we can sit down and see how you are doing."
I was somewhat surprised at her response. -TF"
Seems pretty absurd, I know. So why is it not also absurd to treat a work partner like this? It is.