Performance Appraisal Overview

You can take a step back from the day to day work. You can discuss how your employee is making a positive impact on the business. You can focus on the future and set goals together.

Yet too often, this process becomes a chore forced on managers by HR, or a meaningless form filling exercise. So how can you make your performance appraisal system a tool for motivating employees?

The key to success lies with you. It doesn't matter if you work in a company where trust is low, or where you have to use appraisal documentation that isn't helpful, you can make a difference.

Here are three steps to success:

  1. Have a genuine interest in the person you are appraising. Get to know what makes them tick. What is their life like outside the workplace? What do they enjoy most? what is important to them?
  2. Really listen to what they have to say. It is so easy to make assumptions. Do you take the time to ask your employees for their opinion? Would they come to you if something was bothering them?
  3. Stay in a constructive, positive mindset even if they are expressing a lot of negativity and treat them with respect at all times.

If you think about the manager that most influenced you in your career, it is likely that he or she did some if not all of the above!

Click on the headings below to find out more..


Click on the headings below to find out more..

Download this audio guide to hear the most common questions people have on the topic of motivation and performance appraisal.

Performance Management Cycle

Describes how to manage employee development taking in all factors, such as goal setting, coaching and mentoring and progress interviews.

Sample Forms and Guidelines

Provides you with sample forms and guidelines to give you a structure for the review process.

Completing the Review Form

Guidelines on completing the review form. The importance of setting goals and using metrics to assess progress. How to involve the employee in the review process.

The Interview Process

Interviews held to discuss employee progress have to be managed carefully if they are to create a positive attitude in the workplace. Tips are given here on how to manage the process.

Additional Tools for Managing the Process

Tools to improve the review process and guidelines given on the use of training and software.

360 Degree Feedback

Helps you decide if, when and how to introduce this tool.


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