Since the company’s HR department spent a lot of time and money developing a new employee survey, Olivia decided to be honest when she received it. The intention seemed earnest enough, after all, and Olivia thought her feedback would help the company reach its goal of increased employee engagement.
In the comments section of the survey, Olivia noted the lack of empowerment among junior staff as well as the overly critical eye of management. She cited examples of inconsistent expectations and unkept promises.
Although the survey was not anonymous, Olivia never imagined she would be called out for being insubordinate. She received a “talking to” from her boss as well as her Group Head and was treated like a naughty child until the situation was so intolerable Olivia felt she had to leave.
The Truth? You Can’t Handle the Truth!
It’s tempting to use company evaluations, your own performance reviews, or others’ performance reviews to express your true opinions about the organization or its people. I urge you to use discretion, because blatant honest comments – especially when your feedback is negative – can wreck havoc on your career if they fall into the wrong hands.
For guidance on how to avoid getting in trouble due to too much honesty, have a look at my post on the Fast Track blog.