Recently listened to the "Delivering Annual Review" cast in preparation for delivering quarterly reviews (standard in our group). One comment stuck out. The suggestion was to sit on the same side of the table as your direct "if you are brave enough".
I did it for the quarterlies I just delievered. I figured that Mark & Mike don't give superfluous suggestions so, why not? But I didn't understand why. What's the benefit of sitting on the same side of the table?
I didn't notice an appreciable difference. Of course, that could be because there was a 3rd party in the room (the employees' new managers) since we are in the midst of changing our org structure a bit,
That leads me to a 2nd question. If the reviewer is not the current manager of record (or will not be for the next review period) should the new manager be present for the review. Our standard is yes, but maybe there's a better way.