Tuesday September 23, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
31o C
22o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
When evaluation is seen as useless

A state hospital worker throws a bundle of evaluation forms onto a stack during a protest in front of the Health Ministry on Wednesday.

By Angelos Stangos

The reactions toward the governments plans for an evaluation of public sector workers are completely unsurprising. Civil servants and not just the unions that represent them abhor the mere idea of being assessed, ministers and MPs cower at its very prospect and the general public simply couldnt care less. Basically, the reason for all these reactions is that as a whole they do not believe in meritocracy, despite the pompous statements in calling for more of it and the whining over its absence. In other words, almost everyone in Greece, with the exception of a pathetic minority that understands the consequences and those who have faith in their abilities, do not want to see the evaluation carried out. Ergo, they dont want meritocracy as the latter is dependant on the former.

Civil servants especially have no reason to react as this is not the first time that the concept of performance assessment has been introduced to the public sector. For several years there have been assessment forms where superiors evaluate the performance of their subordinates and on every form every employee had received top marks. We should obviously look elsewhere to understand why there is so much foot-dragging, incompetence, corruption, red tape and so many weaknesses in the public administration if every single employee is doing such a great job. Maybe we should look at the politicians, the citizens, the troika, the Europeans but certainly not the employees. And they certainly dont need any more new evaluations.

Then again, where else is anything evaluated in Greece? Are schools evaluated? Even model schools that were set up in the past have been shut down purportedly in the name of equality and the political leadership always scrambles to patch things up if students do badly in their university entrance exams and fail to make the mark. Are universities, in turn, evaluated? They cant possibly be, given that students are allowed to enter with poor marks, are often passed without being taught much, and given that anyone can transfer anywhere, that much of the teaching staff lags in its scientific output and the institutions themselves are in a shambles. What about the military or the police? Of course not.

The conclusion, therefore, is that performance is never evaluated and there is, therefore, no meritocracy. So why is such a big deal being made about imposing an evaluation on the civil service? After all the motto in Greece is to make everything level down to the lowest common denominator.

Even SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras argues against the government for wanting an evaluation to go ahead because that would mean getting rid of employees who dont abide by its instructions.

ekathimerini.com , Wednesday Jul 23, 2014 (20:18)  
So near and yet so far
Transfer withdrawal
Universities threatened by transfers
Capital changes
Jailed GD MP shown teaching kids how to give the Nazi salute [Video]
With weeks to go before Golden Dawn much-anticipated trial starts, fresh evidence has emerged exposing the partys Nazi roots. Footage released by Kathimerini on Sunday shows GD number two C...
Defendants handed prison terms over Antipnoia stabbings
Two men believed to be members of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party were sent to prison on Monday after an Athens court convicted them over the stabbing of a Greek and a Spanish national at the...
Inside News
Programs target return of 21,000 jobless to work
Greeces Manpower Organization (OAED) will activate two new employment subsidy programs for the private sector in the next few days, offering jobs to 21,620 unemployed individuals. The first...
Employment in commerce keeps sliding
Employment in commerce is continuing to drop, according to data presented on Monday by Vassilis Korkidis, the head of the renamed Hellenic Confederation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ESE...
Inside Business
SOCCER
PAOK joins Olympiakos on top after win at Agrinio
Olympiakos spent just two nights alone on top of the Super League, as on Monday evening PAOK joined the champions on 10 points through its 1-0 victory at Panetolikos. The Thessaloniki giant ...
SOCCER
Reds beat Veria to claim league lead
Olympiakos thumped hitherto Super League leader Veria 3-0 on Saturday to go alone on top of the table for the first time after four rounds of games. Four days after putting three past Atleti...
Inside Sports
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Jailed GD MP shown teaching kids how to give the Nazi salute [Video]
2. Defendants handed prison terms over Antipnoia stabbings
3. Samaras to meet Merkel in Berlin for pivotal talks
4. Commission report highlights Erasmus student exchange benefits
5. PAOK joins Olympiakos on top after win at Agrinio
6. Programs target return of 21,000 jobless to work
more news
Today
This Week
1. Alexander the Great's tomb not at Amphipolis, says Culture Minister
2. Venizelos denies jihadis are being trained in Greece
3. Euro touches 14-month low before Draghi testimony
4. Draghi effect subsiding leaves pressure building on ECB chief
5. Civil servants' union calls new strike over evaluation
6. Investors snap up euro zone banks, exporters in ECB bet
Today
This Week
1. Greece at bottom of social justice scale among EU28
2. Greece can meet its needs on its own
3. Central Athens traffic restrictions back in force on Monday
4. Lost in the fog
5. Record sum of new debts to the state in August
6. Democracy under Pressure | Live Streaming
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.