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Reaping the Benefits of Performance Appraisals

Reaping the Benefits of Performance Appraisals

Reaping the Benefits of Performance Appraisals

Creating and implementing a structured performance appraisal process is by no means a modest challenge. For one thing, performance appraisals invariably create additional work for supervisors. The process also puts pressure on employees by forcing everyone to establish specific goals and identify the behaviors necessary to achieve those goals, which some may view in the short term as simply "busy work." What's more, the very nature of appraisal systems puts both employees and supervisors into situations that most people find uncomfortable. Being, in effect, "graded" makes many employees feel as though they're back in school, for example. And most managers, even those who've been involved with an evaluation process for many years, find it difficult to be both candid and constructive when they're conducting an appraisal session that involves negative feedback.

Why, then, should you put in the time and effort needed to create and implement this process? The answer, simply put, is that the long-term benefits of an effectively structured and administered performance appraisal process far outweigh the time and effort the process requires.

Here's what a welldesigned, well-implemented performance appraisal system can do for your company:

  • Creates criteria for determining how well employees are truly performing - and, to that end, makes it clear how their job descriptions and responsibilities fit in with company and departmental priorities
  • Provides an objective - and legally defensible - basis for key human resources decisions, including merit pay increases, promotions, and job responsibilities
  • Verifies that reward mechanisms are logically tied to outstanding performance
  • Motivates employees to improve their job performance  
  • Enhances the impact of the coaching that is already taking place between employees and their managers
  • Establishes a reasonably uniform set of performance standards that are in sync with company values
  • Confirms that employees possess the skills or attributes needed to successfully fulfill a particular job
  • Irons out difficulties in the supervisor-employee relationship
  • Gives underperforming employees the guidance that can lead to better performance
  • Keeps employees focused on business goals and objectives
  • Helps employees clarify career goals
  • Validates hiring strategies and practices
  • Reinforces company values
  • Assesses training and staff development needs
  • Motivates employees to upgrade their skills and job knowledge so that they can make a more meaningful contribution to your company's success
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