In an e-mail today, a reader of a mid-sized Gannett newspaper told me the following:
The demands are getting louder; the annual deadline must be nigh. It has gotten to the point where some feel like it has become a shakedown.
Considering the economy, increases in the costs of consumer staples and gas prices, the fact that most employees don't know if any given day will be their last day of employment, and that cost-of-living adjustments disguised as raises are non-existent, how do they expect people to contribute?
Are you getting the same hard sell? If you don't participate, do you worry you'll get a poor performance evaluation, or even be targeted for the next round of layoffs? Please post your replies in the comments section, below. Or e-mail jimhopkins[at]gmail[dot-com]; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the rail, upper right.