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Career Break Or…Performance Review

Written By: jeff

Posted On: May 4th, 2011

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You could be hanging out in one of Buenos Aires outdoor. Copyright

Today I’m starting a new series called ¨Career Break Or…¨ It’s a tongue-in-cheek comparison between your life at work and an experience you could be having traveling around the world. Hopefully it will make you smile, laugh, maybe even make you a little envious of those who have taken the leap so you get motivated to move your own plans forward. Enjoy!

Performance Review OR Afternoon Coffee in a Buenos Aires’ Street Cafe

Who doesn’t love a good performance review? Quality time with your boss, you showing off how much value you add to the organization all ending in a big fat raise, a promotion and more resources to do your job. Good times! Of course, you could be spending that time hanging out in Buenos Aires soaking in the cafe culture. No, no, no. Silly me. Going through a performance review is way better. Don’t read any further. Really. Stop. Now.

Performance Review

Afternoon Coffee in street cafe in Buenos Aires


Hour-long discussion with your boss, ending (hopefully) with a raiseNo reason in particular. Just a good excuse to enjoy the cafe culture and trade travel stories

The site

Your boss’s officeSo many choices. I recommend El Ateneo

Allows You to Take a Break From

That report your boss is expecting by the end of the dayA day of walking around the city

Ambient sound

The HVAC turning on and offTango music playing overhead and customers whispering as they talk about their great book find

The conversation

¨Objectively¨ discuss what you did well, what you didn’t and your ¨opportunities¨ for growthWhere you went, where you want to go and discussing the finer points of the sites you just saw

The reference material

The official HR ¨Performance Appraisal¨ report which will go into your permanent HR fileMaps, guidebooks and the coffee and dessert menu

What’s the worst thing that could happen

It’s not getting fired. It’s finding out that all that hard work wasn’t appreciated by your boss and the companyCoffee shop is out of the dessert you wanted

How you recover

Put up a strong defense to your boss resulting in a minimal change to the performance reviewWait to have dessert with dinner

How you feel afterward

Cheated…like you should be getting a bigger raiseReady for a disco nap so you can explore Buenos Aires’ nightlife

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9 Responses to “Career Break Or…Performance Review”

  1. I love the idea for this series, except it makes me MAD because it really does make me want to just walk away and travel like you lucky folks…

    Can’t wait to read the next installment.

  2. jeff says:

    lol. You can do it Gene! Lots of us out there to help out. Thanks for the comments. More goodness coming.

  3. Cailin says:

    Sorry…. haha what I was trying to say was
    Awesome way of comparison, it will either make a lot of people quit their jobs immediately or at least make them extremely envious :)

  4. Gray says:

    I love this! Funny. You nailed the “what’s the worst that could happen” section.

  5. This cracks me up. I still have to get one more bonus before I leave, but this makes me happy that there’s only one more performance review left!

  6. Daniele says:

    Well, I’m proud to say that I got my first career break :)
    Leaving next month…. a coffee in Buenos Aires, anyone? 😀

  7. jeff says:

    Thanks for all the comments! @Chris, if anyone will make it happen, it will be you. @Daniele, congrats and seriously go hang out at El Ateneo. Everyone in BA will know where it is. But, go to the original first, not the new one.

  8. Sherry Ott says:

    Love it! I actually quit on my last performance review! That was the beginning of my career break in 2006!

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