Appraisals are not up to scratch

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Manyperformance appraisal systems are failing employees as well as organisationsand are having a limited impact on business performance, according to researchby the Institute of Employment Studies.Employersclaim to use performance appraisal and reviews to boost individual and businesssuccess but the research claims that many managers cannot use the tooleffectively.MarieStrebler, IES senior research fellow and report author, said, “Too often theyare rushed discussions where performance ratings are handed out, where pettylapses in performance are picked up on or where performance-related pay isawarded.”Thereport claims many appraisals are becoming cluttered with managers alsoexpected to use them to identify staff training needs, provide career counselling,spot high-fliers of the future and manage poor performers.Streblerwarns that although these are good management practices, appraisals do notdeliver them effectively.Shesaid appraisals were developed when organisations were more hierarchical and donot suit modern, “flatter” organisations, where career progression is limitedand rewards are more flexible.Thereport recommends that effective appraisals have clear aims and measures ofsuccess, involved employees in system design, are simple to understand andoperate and make staff clear about their own performance goals and those of theorganisation.Streblerbased her conclusions on a survey of 926 managers from 17 private andpublic-sector organisations. Appraisals are not up to scratchOn 20 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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