Earlier this morning I had a call with my manager and received the news about my 2006 Primary Business Commitment (PBC) results – I got a 1!
For the uninitiated: At the beginning of each year, IBM employees write down their goals for the year and put them in the PBC tool. At the end of the year employees write up how close they came to achieve those goals and submit them to management who reviews them. Also at the end of the year management gets together and rates employees according to how well they did compared to their peers. Ratings can be one of the following
- 1 – Extraordinary
- 2+ – Exceeded Expectations
- 2 – Solid Performer/Met Expectations
- 3 – Needs Improvement
- 4 – Your Ass Is Getting Fired
Because PBC ratings are tied to bonus payouts, the number of 1s and 2+s are limited – generally at a 3rd line manager level.
I’m excited for several reasons. First, and most obviously, it is great recognition within IBM and the Security organization. Second, it increases the percentage of bonus payout I can expect to get assuming IBM and SWG performed well enough in 2006 to hand out bonuses. And third, having a good PBC rating makes it easier for my management team to let me become a mobile employee for our move to Denver as they can see that I’m a solid performer.