Nobody in the Foreign Service likes writing EERs. If you don't believe me, check here, here, here, and here.
Show me a Foreign Service Officer who likes writing their EER and I will show you one of the most arrogant people on the planet.
I hate it. HATE. IT.
So I have been procrastinating.
Our EERs go through April 15. You should have bullet points to your boss by then or shortly thereafter. They have to be all signed, sealed and delivered by May 15 (this year, they have extended the deadline until May 21 because of some problems with the form, which only makes me want to procrastinate more).
The trouble with writing EERs is that everyone walks on water. In order to get promoted, you have to demonstrate that not only do you walk on water, but you can change that water into wine while doing it.
I have reasonably strong self esteem, but arrogant is something I am decidedly not.
My trouble this year is that I am getting a taste of what the FS-02s are having to do, which is basically having to write the whole thing. So they have to describe how they walk on water rather than having their bosses do it based on bullets they have provided.
Like many people, my boss is really really busy, so I am writing a draft of his part for him.
I just finished my draft of his part.
And I feel dirty.
And my fear is he will either leave it as it, and think I am arrogant, or change it, and ruin my chances at getting promoted.