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Should we bother with appraisals?

appraisals

Q - Should we bother with appraisals? No one takes them seriously and no actions come out of them, so what is the point?

A - I am always disappointed to hear this view from a manager, and it is quite common.  It seems that the purpose of the appraisal has been forgotten, and it is just a tick box exercise.  My view is that “the appraisal” is the final summary of an ongoing discussion / review process that you hold with your employees throughout the year.  There are no surprises and the process should include a good deal of looking forward in terms of personal development and career planning (with actions!).  Managers need to be bold enough to influence the organisation to make appraisals valuable and enjoyable for all concerned.