A performance appraisal is
a systematic one-on-one review and evaluation of an individual
employee’s performance. The
appraisal is conducted in accordance with pre-established criteria that
have been tailored to each employee, preferably as identified in an
individual development plan.
Appraisals are important
because they provide vital feedback to employees for the ongoing
improvement of performance. They
also are critical pieces in taking action with poor performers,
rewarding positive performance, and for making promotions and job
assignments. Moreover, team
leaders have an obligation to let their team members know how they are
for an Effective Appraisal Session
a standard appraisal form which includes the following: Bio data,
signature lines, and dates; employee critical elements--assigned
goals, objectives, and skill targets; your standard rating system;
and a section for action plans to improve performance.
the purpose and goals of the appraisal meeting, avoid defensiveness
or attacking language, allow plenty of room for employee input, ask
questions to engage the employee, focus on behavior, be clear and
honest, avoid personality generalizations, and end on an encouraging
two or three components of the employee’s position that are
critical. These are
responsibilities that are vital to fulfilling team/organizational
performance requirements for each critical component under review
and then provide input on how well you think the employee fulfilled
these requirements. Consider
things like timeliness, quality of results, and performance style.
your assessment of the employee’s performance level.
In other words, did the employee meet expectations?
Rate each performance requirement using a standard rating
and settle on ongoing actions that will improve performance areas
that need strengthening. Then
establish timelines and how each action will be addressed at the
next appraisal session.
sure that the employee knows exactly what is expected of him or her.
Then sign and submit the appraisal form.
up the appraisal with frequent feedback, encouragement, and