Annual evaluations are due and most of us are asking "what's the point?"
Evaluations are the one way in which we measure performance. But at a state institution there's no system of punishment for slackers and no system of reward for those who excel. Believe me, I know this for a fact. And my mother, who gave about ten years of her life to this place knows it too.
DH was just two points from perfect score on his recent evaluation and I have no doubt mine will be excellent as has been the case in the last fourteen years I've been here. In regards to performance bonuses, DH and I each received one a few years ago but then it didn't mean anything when we saw that people who are poor performers at this institution received it too. That just devalues the whole meaning behind merit and performance bonuses.
Once you're in the state system and you pass probation you're here for life and everyone knows it. It's like a running joke, but it's not particularly funny anymore. It's especially difficult to fire a staff member (we're not talking tenured faculty, that's a whole other issue) who doesn't do their job or who breaks the rules if they are related to or know someone higher up, or basically if those higher up just don't give a damn. You can violate the rules here and you get a letter, instead of being canned. If this were a private company, people like this would be gone.
And so this evaluation period will come and go but really nobody gives a shit because the evaluations don't mean shit.