How much merit does 'top performer' have?

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One of my TLs told me that they chose me as their top performer for last/this month (not entirely sure which), and I don't even know if I should believe it/think it's just an attempt to placate me. <.<
 
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I've gotten top performer several times, and TM of the month but got an E in my review this year.

It is nice though, got some cool stuff for free :D
 
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You can take it with a grain of salt,while the recognition is always nice,I asked a few years back that I not be considered for team member/hero of the month as I believe that this should be used for tms that are relatively new with the company and as an aid in their developement,just my opinion.
In our store it is done in lottery form which makes it worthless but our new etlhr is trying hard to get the teams input and this should make it more meaningful.
 

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Don't put too much stock in it. I've gotten some free things, but its ultimately something TLs have to do to meet recognition quotas.
 

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The only free thing I've gotten was a hot chocolate from Starbucks from a GSTL because I brought a few carts in when our CA was on lunch.
 
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Really how you take it is up to you. I doubt it was just to placate you, if you got chosen it was for good reason. As for the perks? You might get some free stuff and an atta boy. If you are interested in moving up your name just got put in front of your leadership team.

Personally, I think it's nice to get recognized for my hard work.
 

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I got 'top performer' from my BR/IS TL the other day, and he gave me a nice new Target work t-shirt. That's fine by me, free work clothes will never go wrong by me!

Of course, a raise would always be welcomed!;)
 
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Really how you take it is up to you. I doubt it was just to placate you, if you got chosen it was for good reason. As for the perks? You might get some free stuff and an atta boy. If you are interested in moving up your name just got put in front of your leadership team.

Personally, I think it's nice to get recognized for my hard work.
This! :D
 

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I was picked as top performer early on in my tenure as signing specialist.
It was nice. They went to a lot of trouble too find out what I liked. Made a basket of food and took my picture.
This was after a long stint of unemployment so I was touched and felt really good.

The new administration seems to pick only TL for SF great team (the BR still pick TM because they're cool like that).
 
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I was picked as top performer early on in my tenure as signing specialist.
It was nice. They went to a lot of trouble too find out what I liked. Made a basket of food and took my picture.
This was after a long stint of unemployment so I was touched and felt really good.

The new administration seems to pick only TL for SF great team (the BR still pick TM because they're cool like that).
We have TL of the month and TM of the month separate :D
 
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One of my TLs told me that they chose me as their top performer for last/this month (not entirely sure which), and I don't even know if I should believe it/think it's just an attempt to placate me. <.<
This simply means that in the monthly contribution meeting, that particular team lead chose you as their top performer. Two others had to be chosen as "needs attention". The contribution meeting is a completely worthless practice that was made up by some fresh out of college ETL that needed to feel like they were "managing" people. They then made a TL version so that they could feel like they were doing some "developing" of team leads. In reality, the average TL only has about three or less team members that they actually feel like they supervise, so they usually just rotate the three between top performer and needs attention so they can pencil whip it and it loses all meaning.

It's almost as bad as business walks. I spend so much more time trying to figure out how to pencil whip that Chinese puzzle correctly so that my ETL, ETLHR, STL, HRBP, and DTL won't all come in with 5 different opinions about how the "tasks need to match my leadership status, the store focuses need to be reflected in the deep dive, and I need to recognize someone for me keeping up to date with my own message boards blah blah.." that it completely lost all meaning it used to have as a real tool. It's worse than Office Space and the TPS reports...

I could swear they come up with this stuff to seriously sabotage their own business. Just think of the true cost of the wasted payroll across the whole company. It's crazy.

Target needs to get back to where their "Managers" are running their BUSINESS, instead of all these "Leaders" filling out useless FORMS.
 
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This simply means that in the monthly contribution meeting, that particular team lead chose you as their top performer. Two others had to be chosen as "needs attention". The contribution meeting is a completely worthless practice that was made up by some fresh out of college ETL that needed to feel like they were "managing" people. They then made a TL version so that they could feel like they were doing some "developing" of team leads. In reality, the average TL only has about three or less team members that they actually feel like they supervise, so they usually just rotate the three between top performer and needs attention so they can pencil whip it and it loses all meaning.

It's almost as bad as business walks. I spend so much more time trying to figure out how to pencil whip that Chinese puzzle correctly so that my ETL, ETLHR, STL, HRBP, and DTL won't all come in with 5 different opinions about how the "tasks need to match my leadership status, the store focuses need to be reflected in the deep dive, and I need to recognize someone for me keeping up to date with my own message boards blah blah.." that it completely lost all meaning it used to have as a real tool. It's worse than Office Space and the TPS reports...

I could swear they come up with this stuff to seriously sabotage their own business. Just think of the true cost of the wasted payroll across the whole company. It's crazy.

Target needs to get back to where their "Managers" are running their BUSINESS, instead of all these "Leaders" filling out useless FORMS.
I guess I should consider myself lucky with contribution then because I do have a large team! Our HR is constantly telling us though that we can use people from other work centers if we come into contact with them enough.

Now the business walks...how I loathe them and the binder they go in! Such a waste of time. Pencil whipped in about 5 mins at the end of my shift as they are looking through binders to call people out in e-mail who hasn't done theirs. My ETL doesn't even read it and always asks me if I wrote in the deep dive questions for them. Don't even get me started on the leadership status..

So much pointless paperwork...
 

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^This is what gives me pause about going for promotion. I see how much 'busywork' our GSTLs do & how pointless it is no matter how much leadership justifies it.
 
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I keep all my stuff on a clipboard(business Walks, drafts of statuses, notes for coachings, and emails). I try to do all of it on the floor to keep wasted time at TSC to a minimum. Its just part of the job.
 
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This is the stuff you want to document and use in your favor to get the coveted E or O rating on your review so you can get a 3 to 6% raise, yay!
One of my TLs told me that they chose me as their top performer for last/this month (not entirely sure which), and I don't even know if I should believe it/think it's just an attempt to placate me. <.<
 
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