Q: If an employee received an annual performance evaluation and does not agree with the rating, is it required that the worker sign the form and then address their concerns in it? Or should an employee refuse to sign the evaluation until the supervisor and the employee come to some agreement of a fair evaluation?
A: You need to review your company policy to determine the appropriate steps to address a grievance. For the most part, a signature, unless stipulated on the form or in the policy, typically indicates that you acknowledge receipt of the evaluation, not necessarily your agreement with the ratings. It is important for you to review existing policies and to respond accordingly.
THOMAS C. BAILEY assistant professor , applied behavioral sciences division
Q: When a job posting includes "minorities strongly urged to apply," what's the most appropriate way to address this to let the employer know that you are a minority?