Elements in the performance appraisal process


At one stage performance appraisal relied mainly on assessment of personality characteristics. Subordinates were being appraised by their superiors on the extent to which they exhibited characteristics like tact, willingness, enthusiasm, and maturity. Managers were being put in the position of psychologists and required to make subjective ratings without any point of reference except their own opinion. More recent thinking has resulted in an approach which says that there are two important aspects in performance appraisal namely inputs and outputs

1. Inputs: What the individual brings to the job in terms of attributes, behavior, skills and knowledge are inputs.

2. Outputs: The results achieved in terms of outputs or outcomes are referred to as outputs.

Expectations are expressed in terms of objectives, standards, standards, targets or competence and appraisal is made on the basis of inputs and outputs.

Methods Used in Appraisal

Three different approaches exist for appraisals. Employees can be appraisal against absolute standards, relative standards and objectives. In cases where absolute standards are used, the employees are not compared with any other person while in the second category of appraisal methods using relative standards, individuals are compared with other individuals. The third approach makes use of objectives. Employees are evaluated by how well they accomplish a specific set of objectives that have been determined to be critical in the successful completion of the job.

When Appraisals should Take Place

Most large organizations hold formal appraisal discussions annually, while some fast moving organizations prefer to have them twice a year. When employees are working on projects, there may be an appraisal after each assignment has been completed.

Ensuring that Appraisal is a continuous Process

To ensure that appraisal is not just seen as a once-a-year event to be got over as quickly as possible it is necessary to emphasis the continuing nature of the process on briefing and training. Performance appraisal should not be imposed on managers as something special they have to do. It should be treated as a natural process which all managers carry out.

Performance appraisals are an integral part of every organization and if they are properly developed and implemented, they can help the organization achieve its goals by developing productive employees.

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